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River Piling

plastic piling installed on a river bank to stop erosionRiver bank stabilisation and protection is required for a number of reasons and is used along the banks of many of our rivers in the UK. Heathland Aquatic Engineering's piling for river banks and bank protection products are available for purchase only or for full supply and installation using Heathland Aquatic Engineering's own engineers to complete the piling project.

Our plastic piling for river banks

  • Has class 1 fire rating, which is backed with no risk of sparking
  • Is completely maintenance free
  • Will not rot or rust
  • Is much lighter than the steel equivalent
  • Is easier to handle and transport in remote locations
  • Is made from 100% recycled plastic
  • Is available with wood composite fascia for great looks in natural locations
  • Is easy to cut onsite
  • Is chemical and salt water resistant.

Piling and flood defences

In recent years the UK has seen unprecedented levels of flooding, this has highlighted the need for cost-effective and robust solutions to be put in place to avoid future devastation caused by flooding. All of the river piling products seen here are suitable for flood defences and river bank stabilisation in a variety of different environments.

Nicospan is also an option, where cost needs to be kept as low as possible and bank heights are under one metre.

The Management of Flood Plains and Wetlands

Nicospan and Plastic piling are used extensively by associations such as the National Trust, Broads Authority and the Environment Agency, as these piling products are lightweight enough to be carried to site in hard-to-reach areas such as broadlands and wetlands.

Piling is now being utilised on river banks to elevate water levels, reduce soil erosion and ultimately, to help prevent water draining down to lower ground and then flooding the farmland and properties that lie at risk there. The main objectives is to sustain wetlands and protect the rich wildlife that inhabit them.

The river piling materials we use are lightweight and made from 100% recycled PVCu meaning that if the ground conditions allow it they can be installed by hand. This means that the need for heavy machinery is eliminated protecting wildlife, flora and fauna within the area.

Our piling range is 100% lead-free and made in Britain, in addition to being:

  • Surprisingly strong
  • Easy to transport due to its lightweight advantages
  • Reduced or no mechanical handling required
  • Made from 100% recycled, lead-free plastic
  • Totally maintenance free and does not rot or rust
  • No need for painting
  • Resistant to most chemicals
  • Versatile and easy to apply to any application
  • Available in a range of styles
  • A very cost effective alternative

Waterways, rivers and bank erosion

The UK’s river banks are subject to erosion due to the increasing demands on them and  changes in climate, which is brings increased water flows. Plastic piling on river banks can help by creating a protective impermeable  barrier, whilst at the same time gives an attractive, clean edge to rivers banks.

If you are looking for a solution that is lower in cost and does not need to take the impact of plastic piling then Nicospan offers a good alternative.

Plastic piling and the environment 

Farmers, Trusts, Forestry Commissions and Environmental Protection bodies such as the National Trust, Defra and the Environment Agency use a large amount of plastic piling, for several reasons:

  • All of our Plastic PVCu piling products are made from 100% lead-free recycled plastic, thus promoting sustainability
  • Plastic piling materials won’t rot or rust, won't need painting nor leach chemicals into water
  • After installation, plastic piling is completely maintenance free
  • Due to the lightweight nature of the plastic piling, large vehicle access is not required

Plastic Piling and Landscaping

There are many uses for our plastic river piling range other than just rivers such as in  landscaping, land development and gardening sectors. With a variety of different plastic piling products available to support a wide variety of applications.

Our river bank piling products and Nicospan can be used for soil retention or to create tiers in gardens and larger areas using a typical tie-back system. None of these products decay or degrade, some are also watertight meaning no maintenance is required once they've been installed.

The Log pile offers even greater uniqueness for landscapers and developers. Each section consists of three ‘logs’ extruded together with an interlocking joint on each end, and is readily available in any length of up to 6m long. For additional strength, the log piles can be installed with concrete and topped off with soil, with plants added to provide an eye-pleasing finish.

These log piles have been exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2014. As with all the river piling range of products, the Log pile is also made from the same recycled lead-free PVCu. Log pile has a wood composite fascia to give the piling a natural look – offering a unique hard engineering option with a natural softer engineering appearance.

Plastic Piling and Construction 

Our river bank piling is used in a wide range of applications within the construction industry too, from typical retention uses and landscaping to the regeneration of the UK's rivers, waterways, highways and utilities.

Very similar in appearance to some of the more traditional steel piles, the PVCu Full Pan pile provides a strong, watertight and maintenance free alternative. Surprisingly strong, this plastic river piling solution can be tied back and has been tested in accordance with ISO 9002.

We supply all equipment and our services to both domestic and commercial clients throughout Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and nationally across the United Kingdom. For more information and advice about any of our products or lake construction, lake maintenance or lake design services, please email [email protected] or call 0800 3891990.