King Sheet Piling (KSP®)

The award-winning King Sheet Piling (KSP®) retaining wall system typically saves 35% to 40% of the steel used in a standard wall, whilst delivering marked productivity, environmental and sustainability benefits. It can be up to 4 times faster to install.

What Does KSP Offer?

KSP is a simple, radical innovation that revolutionises 120 years of sheet piling practice. It uses sheet piles more efficiently to yield typical steel savings of 35% to 40% in standard cantilever walls, whilst guaranteeing dramatic productivity, environmental and sustainability benefits.

How Does KSP Work?

Many sheet pile walls are sized for driveability, using heavier sections than required structurally for the wall. KSP harnesses the surplus structural capacity by 'thinking laterally' to use pairs of Z section piles as "kings" with lighter, shorter Z piles or "intermediates" spanning horizontally between them. For further details, including options for water cut-offs, see the Technical page.

What is KSP’s Track Record?

To date KSP has delivered:

  • Multi-million pound savings for Contractor and Client
  • De-risked critical programmes on two major projects worth a combined £1.2 billion
  • Substantial sustainability, constructability and environmental benefits
After 25 km of KSP on the M25 motorway initial widening, subsequent use includes: A421 near Bedford, A1 Coal House to MetroCentre, A11, a railway embankment at Westbury and Smart Motorway schemes including: Manchester SM, M4/M5, M1 J19-16, M25 LUS, M25 J30 Improvement and M5 J4A-6. KSP is also at the design stage on A14 Cambridgeshire to Huntingdon and on Smart Motorway projects including M1 J23A-25, M6 J2-4 and M4 J3-12.
Contact Us

To find out how you can use a KSP wall on your project, see Guidance to Users. Contact for more information.

Latest News

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.