Latest News: Long Reach Sheet Piling Rig Arrives

October 10th, 2018

Long Reach Sheet Piling Rig Arrives

Sheet Piling (UK) Ltd are delighted to announce the arrival of their long awaited, unique and exclusive long-reach sheet piling rig. The world’s first TM 12/15H long reach steel sheet piling rig has been designed and built by the German piling rig manufacturer ABI Group.

A team from Sheet Piling (UK) Ltd were on-site in Northampton to see the TM 12/15H long reach sheet piling rig arrive from the continent, ready for its final inspection, commissioning and handover. After several days of familiarisation training for our fitters and rig operators, ABI Group UK Managing Director Mark Lee officially handed over the new rig to a delegation from Sheet Piling (UK) Ltd, which included Andrew Cotton (Managing Director), Bill Lloyd (Plant Manager) and Andy Foy (Construction Director).

ABI Group Long Reach Sheet Piling Rig
ABI Group Long Reach Sheet Piling Rig


The TM 12/15H long-reach sheet piling rig has been designed, developed and built with challenging, time-sensitive infrastructure projects in mind. The long-reach sheet piling rig is capable of saving between £40,000 and £60,000 on a SMART Motorway upgrade project where a typical 100-metre steel sheet pile wall is being installed. The cost and time savings are achieved as the new long-reach sheet piling rig doesn’t require two weeks of enabling works and platform construction, which are normally needed to support a rig with only a standard five-metre reach. With it’s unrivalled 8.1 metre reach, no such enabling works are required and the rig is able to stand on the existing carriageway and drive the steel sheet piles where required.

Sheet Piling (UK) director Andrew Cotton said: “We’re delighted to take delivery of the world’s first long-reach sheet piling rig. The new machine has been in development for over a year and was specifically commissioned to address the current problems that infrastructure widening schemes face. It’s already scheduled to commence work on a series of smart motorway infrastructure-widening projects, the first of which begins in just a few weeks time. This will be the first vibratory sheet piling rig which has horizontal reach in excess of 8 metres – a full three metres more than any other rig currently available in the world.”


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Sheet Piling (UK) Limited is one of the UK's leading piling contractors. Owning and operating a comprehensive range of specialist piling equipment Sheet Piling (UK) Ltd also carry extensive stocks of new and used piles enabling rapid reaction to any urgent requirements or emergency situations.