In the United Kingdom, all products used in construction must comply with Regulation No. 305/2011 (Construction Products Regulation, or CPR) of the European Parliament which gives harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products ensuring that they are fit for purpose by:

  • Ensuring (where harmonised standards exist – see below) CE marking to construction products and the need to issue a declaration of performance as a basis for CE marking.
  • Defining clear rules for the assessment and verification of constancy of performance (AVCP) systems applicable to construction products.
  • Defining the role and responsibilities of manufacturers, distributors, importers, notified bodies, technical assessment bodies, market surveillance and Member States’ authorities.

There are many section types and sizes of steel piles available on the market as described in the Steel Pile Overview Section and care should be taken that suitable grades and sections from reputable suppliers are specified.

Further detail on Durability can be seen here

A list of the principal material standards and references are provided below.

Material Codes

Principal ReferencesSteel Pile WallsSteel Bearing Piles
BS EN 10248-1:1996 Hot rolled sheet piling of non alloy steels. Technical delivery conditionsŸŸŸŸ
BS EN 10248-2:1996 Hot rolled sheet piling of non alloy steels. Tolerances on shape and dimensionsŸŸŸŸ
BS EN 10025-1: 2004 Hot rolled products of structural steels. General technical delivery conditionsŸŸŸŸ
BS EN10210-1: 2006 Hot finished structural hollow sections of non-alloy and fine grain steels. Technical delivery requirementsŸŸŸŸ
BS EN 10219-1: 2006 Cold formed welded structural hollow sections of non-alloy and fine grain steels. Technical delivery requirementsŸŸŸŸ

Specifications

Principal ReferencesSteel Pile WallsSteel Bearing Piles
ICE Specification of Piling and Embedded Retaining Walls (SPERWall) 3rd Ed, 2016ŸŸŸŸ
Highway Works Specification Series 1600 Piling and Embedded WallsŸŸŸŸ

CE Marking of Sheet Pile products

The provision of CE marking for Steel Sheet Piling is linked to the revision of the standard EN 10248. It was foreseen that the revised standard would be adopted in 2013 allowing the use of CE marking on the Steel Sheet Piling product. However, subsequent revision of the European Construction Directive meant that the draft EN 10248 standard needed to be reviewed again, as parts are no longer in line with the regulatory aspect of the new Directive. This will unfortunately further delay the official implementation of CE marking in relation to the Steel Sheet Piling product.

In the meantime, the steel industry has received dispensation to supply Steel Sheet Piling without CE marking, until an updated version of EN10248 is officially released.

At the time of writing, a revision to EN10248 still has not been published and it is not yet a harmonised standard.  Steel Sheet Piles remain exempt from requirements for CE Marking.

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