Piling Services in Brighton

Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction is a building and groundworks company that completes piling tasks in Brighton, East Sussex. We pride ourselves on being one of the leading bored piling and sheet piling contractors in Brighton, specialising in all types of retaining walls and providing tailor-made planning and installation services for piling foundations in Brighton, East Sussex.Our scope of services includes the planning and construction of piled foundation and retaining wall solutions for residential buildings and slope stabilisation projects.

Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction is proud to deliver building and foundation projects on time and on budget. Amongst our partner teams are qualified civil engineers who enjoy working together to develop and deliver solutions for difficult and challenging projects. We strive for excellence in our performance, which extends from the director level through the management system to the employees of our locations. Regardless of the size of the project, Artista has the know-how and experience to provide optimal solution.

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Our range of piling services

Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction is one of Brighton’s leading piling experts. As piling contractors across East Sussex, we offer all types of pile driving techniques for steel piles.

Augered piling

Not all piling projects are straightforward. Where access is restricted, our team can help with their years of experience in the field of augered piling. 

Augered pile driving solutions can be more suitable when noise and vibrations have to be reduced to the barest minimum. That means we can create deep foundations with minimum disruption. From planning to installation, our team uses precise, clamp-driven rammers made in Germany and our own range of special aggregates to complete your order.

The types of rams we offer include:

Continuous Flight Auger (CFA)

CFA is one of the most widely used systems that is economical, versatile and suitable for most soil conditions and load requirements. It is also one of the quietest forms of piling and is largely free of any noticeable vibrations.

Sectional Flight Auger (SFA)

SFA piles are made by drilling section augers into the ground. The hole is supported at all times by the ground, auger, or built-in concrete, so there is no need for a bentonite slurry or temporary casing. When the required depth is reached, sand-cement mortar or concrete is pumped over the auger channel to fill the pile while the augers are pulled back slowly and evenly. As soon as the reinforcement is filled, it is immediately placed in the pile.

Caset Auger Pile (CAP)

The CAP method consists of a bored hole with casing protection, which eliminates vibrations and disturbances of neighbouring structures, reduces noise emissions and avoids the use of bentonite mud for drilling.

Cased Secant Piling (CSP)

The CSP (Cased Secant Piling) system was created to merge the more cost-effective CFA technology with high-performance casings that are more conventionally associated with the rotary bored piling system. The CSP method can be used to construct deep secant or contiguous pile walls, depending on the actual soil conditions and the groundwater level.

Driven Piling

At Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction, we are trustworthy experts for driven piles, whether you are looking for steel tubes, structural steel profiles, sheet steel sections or wooden piles.We can design, deliver, install, and extract piling systems. And if your project is more complex, we have the general design capacity to expand our scope and meet your needs. We own and operate Movax side handle operating devices with Movax-trained operators.

For many years, the Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction team has built a reputation for expertise and integrity when it comes to finding solutions to pile problems in civil engineering.

We offer the following types of driven piles:

Precast Piling

Precast driven piles can be used for all types of foundations, including residential, commercial or industrial buildings, and also under most soil conditions, including brown fields.

Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Constructions offers precast pile sizes from 200mm2 to 350mm2. Our standard reinforcement pile is a compression pile with moderate tensile and bending capacities and is certified with the CE mark for quality and conformity with modern manufacturing processes.

Steel Tube Piling

Although tubular piles are suitable for large axial loads, they can also absorb considerable horizontal loads and vertical tensile loads, which are caused by large bending moments / horizontal reactions or buoyancy / buoyancy reactions.

Our steel tube piles are manufactured in a range of materials, from standard carbon steel to high strength steel in all strengths to match the design specified by our customers.

Cast in-situ Piling

Driven cast in-situ piling (DCIS) are manufactured by hammering a closed, thick-walled steel shell into the ground and then filling it with concrete.

Steel Sheet Piling

Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction specialises in all aspects of pile driving, including permanent sheet pile basement, all types of temporary sheet piling, and sheet pile installation.

H sections of steel piles

H-Profil / RSJ are supporting beams that are driven into the ground for deep foundation applications. They can easily be cut or connected by welding or mechanical splicers.

In the past, wooden piles used splices to continuously join multiple segments when the required pile depth was too long for a single pile, but today splicing is common with steel profile piles (RSJ).

Drilled (bored) stack

Bored piles are cylindrical bodies made of concrete (with or without reinforcement) that are installed in the ground using different methods. They transfer high structural loads to lower, load-bearing floors.

In rows or in secant arrangement, they can form a load-bearing wall for excavation or a steep slope or cut off the groundwater. The length, diameter, material, geometry and arrangement of the piles may vary depending on the intended use.

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Rotary bored drilling

For large load-bearing structures, Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Constructions can install rotating bored piles for inconsistent and hard ground conditions in secant and contiguous formations. Since the rotary drilling technique enables reinforcement to be introduced into the open hole and not into the cast concrete as with CFA, it has the unique advantage in that the cage occupies the entire depth of the pile.

Odex Rotary Percussive

Odex piling is a piling mechanism that is suitable for drilling through rough and underground shaped objects such as boulders, slate and stone. It can be used for drilling through soil/overburden and rock simultaneously, flushing out unnecessary material and driving a steel case into the hole.

Duplex rotary percussive

The Rotary Percussive Systems from Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction are used by the world’s leading geotechnical companies in the most difficult site conditions.Casing crowns with buttons or plates tungsten carbide are available for every rod size. 


We carry out different types of mini-piles, often in confined spaces, such as a small house extension, a retrofit cellar or an underground car park, since the devices used are considerably smaller than those required for conventional piles.

It is also ideal for built-up areas as it causes less noise and vibration and still creates secure foundations. It is an inexpensive method for use in difficult projects.

Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction is supported by a company of geotechnical consultants that offers a fully insured mini-pile planning service. Rest assured Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction will provide you with the most competitive mini piles offer that fits your project and budget. We can draw on many years of experience with special piles to deliver a level of quality that is second to none. If you are looking for the most reliable pile driver for your construction project, you have come to the right place.

Restricted access piling

With restricted access piling, specially designed devices are used to work with limited headroom or access. In situations with restricted access in which large, heavy conventional systems cannot be used, we offer a selection of pile systems, e.g. cased CFA, rotary bored continuous flight auger, drilled rock socket or driven.

Some of our restricted access piling can enter buildings through a normal service entrance or through a standard door. We have made a name for ourselves in the development and delivery of technically complex pile solutions, especially in difficult soil conditions.

Design and engineering

By optimising an existing pile construction, we can reduce the quantity of the materials, the cost, and time of construction. We will also enhance the performance and quality of the pile driving. Our specialist re-analyses the design using industrial software such as Infocad or Plaxis and determines whether the number of piles could be reduced, whether the arrangement is more efficient or whether different materials are used.

As one of Brighton’s leading stack builders, Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction Company has some of the most talented engineers, designers and operational staff in the industry. Our strength lies in the depth of our knowledge and know-how, which is based on many years of experience.

Why choose us?

Lifetime performance

Once a project is complete, the foundations we built cannot be seen or inspected. However, they remain efficient for their entire life. This is a measure of our customers’ trust in the reliable, quality-assured work that we deliver.

State-of-the-art equipment

The impressive range of state-of-the-art piling equipment, tools and hammers from Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction is complemented by an extensive fleet of additional equipment. This capacity enables us to address a number of foundation problems with solutions tailored to the unique combination of loads and soil conditions of each project.

Well-rounded team

Innovation, improvement, development and experience are the foundation of Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction. Our project teams include geotechnical and foundation experts, ground engineers and civil engineers, designers and employees who are supported by a laboratory, research and development department and a comprehensive factory department. We all work with you from start to finish.

Extensive knowledge

Our directors have extensive knowledge of the pile industry and our workforce is dedicated, knowledgeable, highly qualified and committed to working safely. Our vision is to offer a quality service that exceeds our customers’ expectations. We offer more choice, more comfort, more expertise and more reliability with many years of experience as a company.

Highly motivated team

We have highly motivated site managers who have the experience and expertise to manage complex projects supported by a team of qualified engineers based in the office. The staff on site are equally highly motivated and the most important members have extensive experience in the field of ramming, reinforced concrete, earthworks and related work.

In-house expertise

Our internal pre-construction expertise enables us to develop solutions that are tailored to the specific needs and requirements of our customers. We recognise and respect the fact that “one size is not for everyone,” and we believe that this comprehensive, tailored approach fits our diverse customer base and differentiates us from other contractors.

High standards

At Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction we combine quality with efficiency. Our core values ​​are productivity and sustainability. Ultimately, we have no doubt in our experience and skills to meet your high standards.

We minimise costs

From the directors to the employees on site, we strive for the excellent quality of our product. Regardless of the project size or type of work, our approach is the same. We look for the most efficient solutions, minimise the programme and costs and then commit to delivering the product to our customers on time. We believe that our service level in planning/preconstruction is unique and differentiates us from other organisations in our niche. 

It is this desire to save costs and building programmes that has resulted in solid relationships with key customers with whom we have been fortunate to have worked on many projects.

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We offer advice on your specific sheet piling scheme and quickly complete preparatory planning work to support budgeting. Once the scheme is developed, we can make competitive offers for permanent work, temporary work, or temporary sheet piles that may remain. We can also offer a range of sheet pile seals to seal permanent, fully sealed walls, cofferdams and basements at short notice. Our employees have an eye for detail and the know-how you need.

As an established pile builder in Brighton, East Sussex, we have built our reputation on excellent customer service. We’d love to hear from you.

How can we support your building project? Please call us at 01273 257 224 or send us an email to info@builders-brighton.com.


How is piling done?
Piling works by drilling large amounts of wood, steel or concrete in the soil of the ground. You have to make sure that the ground is secure and the piles have been installed correctly so that the building becomes rock hard.
How deep must piling be?
The piles are usually installed to a minimum depth of 300mm. They are equally spaced in rows to give a maximum beam span of 1350mm, and the rows are often 1.6 to 4m apart (joist span).
How long does it take to drive a bunch of piles?
The first phase of a reasonably large piling project is expected to take around 4-8 weeks. The number of piles installed per day depends on the nature of the ground and the type of pile installed. Typically, 3 to 4 piles per day can be installed for steel piles.
In what situation is pile foundation recommended?
Pile foundation is required in areas where the structures built are massive and heavy and the underlying soil is fragile. In areas where settlement problems are prevalent due to soil liquefaction or water table issues, a pile base is a better choice.
What is the difference between pile and pillar foundations?
The pillar foundation consists of cylindrical columns to support large superimposed loads and to transfer them to solid layers. The piles are driven through the overburdened floors into the load-bearing layers. The types of pillar foundations are masonry or concrete pillars and drilled caissons.
Is the pile foundation expensive?
A pile foundation is generally more expensive than a regular flat foundation and is used where the floor has poor load-bearing capacity at or near the surface or where settlement problems are to be expected.
Why is a pile foundation preferable?
Pile foundations are preferred because pile foundations are primarily used to transfer the loads of superstructures through weak, compressible layers or water to stronger, more compact, less compressible and stiffer ground or rock at depth, increasing the effective size of a foundation and increasing horizontal resistance.
Do you usually go on site visit?
Yes, we always visit the site before starting work. This gives us the opportunity to talk to you about your individual needs and evaluate the mini-piling requirements for your project.
Does someone have to be on site during the project?
No, once the site is ready, there is no reason to be on site during the project. We will arrange a first visit to check for possible problems.
How long does it take to install mini piles?
It will vary from project to project, but it generally takes a few days to install mini-piles on a typical house extension. For more information, please contact us directly.
Do you arrange for piling calculations and designs for submission to the local authority?
Yes, we offer this service that is listed separately in your offer.We will also forward this and contact the responsible authorities.
Can you drill through rock?
Yes, we have special drilling equipment for drilling hard layers such as bog, as well as soft and hard rock.
How long do concrete piles last?
Foundation piles immersed in groundwater have an unlimited lifespan. Fully embedded, treated, concrete foundation piles, some of which are above groundwater, last 100 years or more.

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