Boom in projects sees King in demand

Boom in projects sees King in demand
King Drilling offers a wide range of contracting services with timber piling and retaining wall construction a speciality.

Mark Taylor, manager at King Drilling, part of King Group civil contractors based in Hamilton says 2017 was the busiest he has experienced. “We’ve tracked through carrying up to 10 projects at any one stage last year extending from South Auckland through to Taupo,” Mark says.
Mark said there had been an explosion in civil and commercial projects throughout the greater Waikato region in the last year.
The company has a team of 15 experienced drilling and piling operators, and Mark says he is always keen to look at employing new staff. But he says there are challenges with this given a lack of industry-based training in the sector.
“It’s very varied and specialised work we get involved in and given there currently isn’t a formal training programme governed by a training provider we train up all our staff on the job.”
Mark says the company’s in-house training programme takes significant time due to the extensive range of specialised equipment that King Drilling has.
“Attitude is the biggest single factor in determining whether a person will become a successful operator.
“We would be the biggest timber piling operation in this region and as such we often take on technically challenging large-scale projects. “This requires an ability to concentrate for long periods of time with repetitious work.”
The use of timber or steel piles is an environmentally friendly foundation construction process, given the amount of soil displaced on a site is minimum.
King Drilling has an extensive fleet of truck, excavator and tractor mounted piling rigs designed to operate in hard to access challenging sites.
The equipment is very mobile and can handle hammer sizes from 500kg to 2 tonne. “We can drive timber piles up 400mm in diameter to 16 metres deep with our gear.
“We’re involved in anything from standard home and commercial foundation work, through to driving piles for boardwalks, minor bridge abutments and poles for signs.”
When Business Central spoke with Mark he had a crew working on an extensive retaining wall for a new sub-division in Rototuna, in Hamilton’s rapidly growing north-east quarter. The company was established mid-1970’s.
In those early days the bulk of work involved drilling, however through the years it has diversified into pile driving which is now it’s significant activity, driving timber piles and universal steel columns.
“We offer a wide range of services beyond our core activity including supply and transporting piles, excavation and site prep work, along with constructing retaining walls, including pile and timber crib.”
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