The judges recognised that King Sheet Piling was ‘exceptional’ and ‘more than just innovative’ and that it ‘could revolutionise a practice largely unchanged for 120 years.’ They concluded that it ‘could truly make an impact on a global scale.’
The judges said KSP was a ‘genuine Innovation, challenging the status quo and delivering a faster, safer more sustainable solution’
The judges were impressed by benefits brought by this simple but radical solution and the considerable savings for the taxpayer
The judges enthused over this innovative yet simple idea. Following value engineering, this design modification resulted in large cost savings and greatly increased productivity for this fast-track project. In addition, the reduction in materials used of 30 to 40% has resulted in economic, sustainable and environmental benefits. This novel construction technique significantly reduced the construction time and minimised disruption on a long section of the M25. Judges were also impressed by the communication and consultation between all parties involved which resulted in the use of an untried system on such a major project.
King Sheet Piling (KSP) was Highly Commended at the 21st Anniversary BCI Awards for its proven success on the M25 and A421 projects
According to the judges, the use of King Sheet Pile (KSP) retaining walls on the M25”was a fantastically simple solution to a common problem, which will inevitably roll out across the industry.”
KSP was one of three finalists in Transport for London’s 2010 Supplier Innovation Competition (presented at TfL Innovation Seminar, 20 May 10)
8 June 2016: Up to 60% steel saved! 1.3 km of KSP walls on the A1 Coalhouse to MetroCentre Improvement achieved a new milestone, saving 44% steel on average, up to 60% steel on individual walls and 902 tonnes overall. The Arup design for Balfour Beatty included the first permanent works use of KSP walls with two pairs of intermediate piles.
15 September 2015: David Baker presented a paper entitled “King Sheet Piling (KSP) – a fundamental and innovative advance on past sheet piling practice” at the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering’s XVIth European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in Edinburgh in September, 2015. This prestigious conference attracted over 1,150 delegates made up largely of leading practitioners from 65 countries.