How are Driven Piles installed?

From production to installation, we have broken down the process into bite-size chunks.

Production Process

Centrum Pile begins the process of manufacturing piles by creating the cages that form the piles in our robot shed house. The operator programmes the Robot to manufacture the length of the cage required for the client.

Each of the cages are individually identified with a label. From this label, all the coil charge (batch) numbers can be traced.

Using UKAS accredited laboratory tested concrete made in our batching plant, the cages are sent for casting and curing in our SAMM (Semi-Automated Mould Movement) shed, which operates by a carousel system. After filling with concrete, lifting hooks and a label plate are added to the piles before moving through to the curing chamber.

How are driven piles installed

The curing period is a minimum of 16hrs before a de-mould process takes place. A Schmidt hammer is used to check that the concrete is sufficiently cured to lift, if so, the pile is de-moulded and put into the pile storage yard.

From the order, paperwork is generated which is used as a picklist out in the yard. Each pile that is selected and loaded is scanned, and its individual bar mark is registered. From this, full traceability of all relevant data is achieved, ensuring maximum safety and accountability for the client.

Learn more about the process of our manufacturing here: Process – Centrum Pile Ltd

Site delivery

How are driven piles installed

Centrum Pile organises the delivery of a clients’ precast piles onto the site where the wagons are sighted next to a piling rig. The setup process includes a permit signature, site inspection and an internal induction.


How are driven piles installed

Pile unloading includes laying piles down on the floor beside pile pin positions. A piling rig acts as a crane for this purpose.

Pitching piles includes lifting from the floor with the hammer line and offering piles into the helmet, followed by aligning the pile over the pile position and ensuring they are verticality in x and y.

Driving piles and levelling takes place by carrying out lift offs to check positioning as you go, including jointing if required.

Finally, the piles are tested.


If you would like to learn more about how driven piles are installed, send an enquiry at or direct message Centrum’s Pile director Paul Pendleton on