Garden Structure – Karen’s Childcare

ABC Anchors were approached to assist in a solution for foundations at Karen’s Childcare. They wanted to expand the outdoor area for the children and the available space had a few challenges to overcome.

Site access and foundation positioning was limited, so screwpiles were identified as the best solution by the Client. The piles were to be installed behind a retaining wall and next to a boundary wall; therefore they needed a vibration free and non-destructive installation method to prevent damage.

We used our 400H Handheld pile installer due to a lack of space, ensuring a smooth installation. There was no damage to the wall, as the piles transferred load from the structure to below the wall to prevent it failing due to the additional load of the garden structure.

Our lightweight garden piles were specified by the team here as they were ideal for supporting the low loads (up to 2 tonnes per pile) and are suitable for most soil conditions. The 8 pile system was installed in a day and once finished, the structure could be built instantly, as screw piles are unique in not requiring any wet trades. This removes the time delay in the build for curing.

Our customer was happy we were able to find a solution to building on this tricky site and we are pleased to say they have now completed their garden structure.

“ABC Anchors provided an 8 screw pile solution in a difficult location that was installed by a very professional team of two. it is a great system that is providing support to our Outdoor Structure which was designed, manufactured and installed by Beyond Timber of Dinnington.”

David Ellison, Karen's Childcare

For more information on our services, or to talk to us about your own project, please feel free to contact us. If you have any questions on using a screw pile system, our FAQs may provide the answer!

Training and Familiarisation

CPD Accreditation

ABC Anchors is an approved Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training provider.

We offer training on both the theory behind the ABC Anchors screw piling system as well as practical installation of screw piles using Autoguide installation equipment.

Being CPD accredited ensures that the training offered by ABC Anchors meets strict standards and quality benchmarks, whilst also demonstrating our continued commitment to education within the construction industry. Our training courses will give you introductory knowledge, skills and practical experience necessary to enable you to take on your first ABC Anchors screw piles installation safely and competently.

Training Programmes

We currently offer two CPD accredited training courses at our office and workshop in Heddington, Wiltshire:

Course A: Two day familiarisation course

 

Day one covers the theory of screw piling; an overview of ABC Anchors screw piles and Autoguide installation equipment along with practical installation training.
Day two is held on site at your first screw piling project, where one of our Engineers will monitor your first installation and provide supervision, advice, guidance, hints and tips to your workforce. Please note we can only attend sites within 100 miles of Heddington.

 

Course B: One day familiarisation course

 

Includes Day One of the two day familiarisation course as above.
Intended for course attendees whose first screw piling project is further than 100 miles from Heddington.

Julia’s House Children’s Hospice

This project involved installing 6 quantity 60RL* screw piles to support a small wooden Cabin.

Screw piles were the preferred choice of foundation for two reasons, firstly as there were tree roots and secondly, the ground dropped away by up to 1meter in some pile positions.

Using our 400H hand held torque head 2 rows of 3 piles were installed with the front 3 piles being installed to ground level and the back 3 protruding above ground level by approximately 1m.

As a precaution a cross brace of the 3 rear piles was designed to be used to ensure lateral stability.

The piles were terminated with a flat 200mm x 300mm plate which allowed easy connection of the steel ring beam for the cabin to sit on.

Once installation was complete it was found that the stability of the piles was adequate and cross bracing was not required on this occasion.

 

Customer’s feedback-

 A brilliant system which I wouldn’t hesitate to use in the future

Maurice Fishlock

 

*the 60RL is a light duty of the 60R, a cheaper option for low loadings, the difference between the 60R and 60RL is the tube thickness.

CLM – Ferry Bridge

Ferry Bridge is an historic suspension bridge in Burton on Trent which was in need of refurbishment work during October 2015.
In order to carry out the repairs to the bridge a scaffolding system was required to be set up to allow access for the contractors. The Scaffold system would rely on the screw piles to act as the full support. The loading on the anchors would be both the weight of the system and also the side loadings from the river current and any debris floating down stream.

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Installation Packages

Package Choices

We can offer several packages for the supply and installation of our screw piles.

We can supply the piles and offer full installation with this you get a full installation pile log with guarantee of work

We can supply the piles and hire out the installation equipment for you to install.

Training courses at our premises or onsite (How to correctly use our equipment to install screw piles)

Onsite guidance


 

Torque Heads

400H
400H

500X / XG
500X / XG

650H
650H

1600X
1600X

2500X / XG
2500X / XG

All our torque heads are manufactured by our sister company Autoguide Equipment and can be either purchased or hired from us. This can be on a daily or weekly basis.

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Home Extension – Warminster

Customer Feedback

"We needed piles to support our new conservatory. We are on green sand and there are/have been issues in this area before."

"During preparation for the conservatory cracks were noticed in the neighbours extension wall. There is also a sewer pipe running under the site. All these things meant that we decided against the planned driven piles as the risk seemed to great. Our builders did not come up with any alternative so I had to research the options myself and fortunately came across ABC Anchors and the answer to our problem."

"We are very happy with the process, the installers and the outcome. The piling operation went well and our neighbours who were concerned that the piling may ’shake’ their house said they did not even notice! As you can see from the images the neighbours extension is very close and there is a rainwater pipe running across too."

"We would definitely use you again if needed."

Solar panel installation

Solar Panel Installation

Screw Piles offer a fast, accurate and versatile method for installing solar panel foundations on solar farms. The screw piles resist both uplift and compressive loads.

With a wide range of hydraulic torque heads and vibrating post installers, ABC Anchors offer the complete package.

 

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Installation of a ‘Caterpillar Walkway’ at Thames View School.

ABC Anchors supplied and installed the screw piles for a tubular steel framed canvas covered ‘Caterpillar Walkway’ at Thames View Junior School.

For the installation localised pockets of Tarmac were removed from the playground to allow 12qty 60R Screw Piles to be installed. One pile for each canopy foot.


 

 

Due to very poor ground conditions and relatively high Compressive/Tensile and lateral loads requested, the piles were installed to a depth of 4m.

The piles consisted of a 60R 2m lead section with 8” 10” helix, a 1m conical extension and a 1m 240mm diameter peat pile extension. These larger diameter top sections were installed to withstand the high side loadings.

All 12 piles were installed to between 3 & 4kNm using an ABC Anchors 500X torque head fitted to a 5t excavator. This installation torque equates to an axial load of between 90-120kN/pile.

All 12 piles were installed with little disruption to the school playground and with little soil away.

Connection from pile tops to steel canopy legs consisted of matching square flange plates with 4 x M16 bolt holes in each plate.