If your property is down a narrow lane, has no rear access or very tight corridors, it can be difficult to imagine how you’ll be able to have any kind of building work done. You don’t want to go through all the trouble of finding a contractor and renting piling equipment just to find that it doesn’t fit through the door. All you’ll be left with is a red face and an empty wallet.
At Dart & Co we have a team of piling contractors for tight access homes. Over the years we have helped many customers have work done on their homes, no matter how difficult the access. We have a variety of piling methods to ensure that we plan the safest and most cost-effective way of extending your property or tackling subsidence issues.
Types of Homes With Access Issues:
- Blocks of flats
- Terraced houses with no rear access
- Mews houses
- Houses down alleys or lanes
What Equipment is Needed?
For very tight access homes the best option can be to use a tight access rig. A tight access rig can fit through a standard doorway right down to as little as 750mm. This makes it ideal for really small spaces and houses with no rear access.
The engine unit has extension hoses of 30 meters, which means the front part of the rig can separate from the engine unit. Because of this, it can work around a back garden 30 meters away or inside buildings so there are no fumes.
By using this type of rig we can install two types of piling depending on your property and ground conditions. They are:
- Open Bore Piling – This involves drilling into the ground to ream out the soil and inserting steel reinforcements. The hole is filled with concrete to complete and strengthen the pile.
- Case Driven Piling – These are driven from the bottom of the foundations rather than the top meaning that they can have an enhanced load carry capacity and don’t require too much heavy machinery to install. For very tight access homes we would recommend this method.
Will I Need a Crane?
In very special cases you may need a crane to lift in a rig, although we avoid doing this where we can as the cost is much higher than using a tight access rig.
The cost of piling contractors for tight access homes varies depending on a few factors. This includes the size of the job, the access and the pile size. The more difficult the access, the more time consuming and therefore more costly the job will be. However, Dart and Co. aim to provide a cost-effective solution for all types of piling work.
It’s important that you make sure you talk through the options with a qualified piling contractor. In doing this, you’ll be able to find the best option for you and your property. At Dart and Co Foundations we have often been faced with challenges, but always come up with a solution. For more information please get in touch with us.