History


Keller’s experience in the geotechnical engineering industry is now over 155 years. Tracing its origin back to the small town of Renchen in southwest Germany where, in 1860, Johann Keller founded a company mainly to construct water wells. Drilling and grouting techniques were added in the 1920s and in the 1930s the company invented the “Vibro” process for vibro compaction of sands at depth. In the 1930’s the Holmpress Piling Company was founded in the city of Hull in northeast England. This company, along with Caledonian Foundations, was absorbed into the GKN group of companies to form GKN Foundations Limited in 1952. In 1974, the German and UK organisations, came together first as GKN Keller Ltd and then in 1989 under the present title of Keller Group PLC.


Keller Holding GmbH, Germany, is the holding company for all activities of the Keller Group plc in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and some Latin American countries (EMEA Division). The management and operations in the Middle East are overseen by the Business Unit ME (BUME) with its head office located in Dubai. Keller has been offering its services in the Middle East in the field of Geotechnical Engineering since 1973. Over the years a variety of projects have been executed in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Egypt, Iraq and Yemen.

Vibrocat Rig

Keller’s own developed Vibrocat Rig illustrating the Vibro Replacement (Stone Columns) method. Vibrocat Rig

Present


Currently Keller is the world’s largest independent Ground Engineering Contractor, renowned for providing technically advanced and cost-effective foundation solutions. Our reputation is built on Engineering excellence and a commitment to continual innovation. Our services are used across the construction spectrum in infrastructure, industrial, commercial, residential and environmental projects.

Keller’s global presence is a key advantage with regards to resources related to technical, plant and specialist staff. Knowledge sharing through our Keller Cloud connects all branches enhancing the versatility of local branches to provide appropriate ground engineering solutions to almost any situation worldwide.

At Keller we like to co-create value with our clients in the early design stages of a project, by doing so we can efficiently and effectively create the best geotechnical solutions for our clients.

Our Successes
Over the years we have worked on a great many iconic buildings, construction projects and major infrastructure developments, including the following:

British Museum (UK), Olympic Stadium (UK), Palm Islands Jumeirah and Deira (UAE), Cologne Metro (Germany), Vienna Museum District (Austria), Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Complex (Saudi Arabia), National Stadium, Warsaw (Poland), Port of Huelva (Spain), Amsterdam Central Station (Netherlands), Oued Harka Dam (Tunisia), Crossrail (UK), City Tunnel, Leipzig (Germany), Rome Metro Extension (Italy), Doha Metro (Qatar).