What are Grillages?

May 18, 2017 10:36 am

Grillages are a flexible and eco-friendly foundation solution. They are used when groups of piles are necessary as an alternative to concrete and are often used at the foot of a column when weighty structural loads are required to be transferred to a soil of low bearing capacity. Grillages work particularly well if the ground is soft or wet and they are incredibly quick to install.

The steel grillages available from ScrewFast are manufactured from rolled steel joists, and are an economic, cost effective and speedy method for joining groups of piles to a superstructure. They can be used with any of our pile solutions and are designed to support any structure.

Grillages are a lot more convenient than concrete because not only do they significantly reduce the build time, they are also more environmentally friendly and can be recycled. What’s more, buildings and land that surround the project are less likely to be disrupted, because there is no need for the deep excavation that is required when using concrete.

At ScrewFast you can choose from a variety of standard grillage types which are highly versatile and can therefore be adapted to meet the requirements of your project. The types of grillages available include:

  • Cruciform
  • Y-shape
  • T-shape
  • 6, 8, and 10 pile grillages

Y-shape and T-shape grillages can be installed in under two hours and are commonly used to support CCTV cameras, signal posts and lighting columns. As a result of fewer necessary building materials, speedier installation and limited disruption to transport, there are significant cost savings when using grillages.

If none of these types of grillages are suitable for your project, you can have your grillages tailor-made to meet your specific needs. They will be a flexible, effective and sustainable solution. If you have any questions about steel grillage applications or any of our other services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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