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Bullivant rumpus over piling advert

PILING specialist Roger Bullivant has been accused by rivals of providing misleading information about its controversial precast piling system in an advertisement.

An ad in Construction News last week, in the form of a letter signed by chairman Roger Bullivant, says that the RB precast pile is 'inherently safer to install than other piling systems'.

It also states that piles come with a range of joints such as tension and full movement joints as well as 'simple fully engineered glued dowel joints'.

The pile's standard version is at the centre of an investigation by the Federation of Piling Specialists after several failures associated with the product. Bullivant maintains that these were due to incorrect use or installation.

Martin Blower, a director at rival Stent, said: 'We take great exception to a claim that it is inherently safer to install than other piling systems with the implication that other systems such as those used by us are less safe.'

And Aarsleff managing director Terry Bolsher said: 'To include the other jointing systems implies that the system is all encompassing.

The British Board of Agrement Certificate lists the limitations governing the system's use.'

Bullivant marketing manager John Patch denied that the ad was misleading and said that it showed the range of applications of the system.