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GE Awards shortlist: Ground Investigation Specialist of the Year

Innovation and excellence in site investigation, surveying and monitoring is recognised by the Ground Investigation Specialist of the Year award. Entrants demonstrated successful project delivery; partnering capabilities; relationships with clients, project partners, stakeholders and the community; and delivery of growth.

Concept Site Investigations

In 2014 Concept Site Investigations reinforced its management team with an experienced technical director, a senior contracts manager and a trial pitting and coring foreman with more than 20 years’ experience in deep investigation trenches. The company also invested heavily in training its staff, acquiring new plant and developing new equipment to further improve the quality of the service provided for clients. Over the last 12 months, the company recorded a 20% increase in revenue and a 12% increase in employee numbers. The team has successfully completed a number of demanding projects such as the ground investigation for the BBC redevelopment, the extension of the Royal Opera House basement under Bow Street and the redevelopment of Selfridges.

Dunelm Geotechnical and Environmental

Over the last 12 months, Dunelm has increased permanent staff numbers by 20%. This has involved employing engineers, technicians and administration staff. This company is also currently employing several contract staff, meaning an increase in total staff numbers of more than 30%. 2014 turnover increased by 16% and the company’s work has expanded from mainly north eastern projects to projects across the UK, from North Uist to Dorset and the Home Counties. Project sizes have also been increasing steadily over the year. The company says its unique selling point is that it has developed an ability to provide ground investigation excellence across a wide range of projects with values in the order of £100 up to £500,000. Every job undertaken is completed to the same standard, regardless of size, and clients range from individual house builders to multi-national companies or public bodies.


Lankelma’s turnover and profits grew dramatically in 2014, along with a substantial rise in employee numbers. The company continued its strategy of growing its core UK business, while expanding internationally in the nearshore market. Overseas projects in New Zealand, Venezuela, Cameroon, Congo and Guinea were largely responsible for the rise in revenue over the last 12 months, with international work representing about 70% of turnover. Lankelma continually aims to develop innovative CPT techniques to deliver reliable and accurate data in a range of environments. As well as new cyclic CPTu and lubricating cone techniques, 2014 saw a new seismic wave generator for the seismic cone test introduced. The company says this is already helping engineers better design earthquake-resistant foundations in New Zealand.

Soil Engineering Geoservices

In 2014 the management team of Soil Engineering implemented a step change approach to winning work and completing major projects in preparation of the anticipated increase in demand for major and complicated geotechnical ground investigations in 2015. A pre-construction team was established to identify key projects and opportunities that would add value to the business and employees by facilitating the use of new or developing techniques; alternative approaches and methodologies; and the employment of the company’s full scope of services. The major projects team was established to safely deliver major projects on time and budget. In 2014 the team worked on the A9 and A98 gaining experience of major linear infrastructure projects and technically challenging ground investigations in central London that required an unprecedented level of technical expertise.

Structural Soils

The last 12 months have seen Structural Soils’ revenue increase by almost 100% and employee numbers grow from 160 to 220. Much of this growth has come from the detailed onshore ground investigation contract at Wylfa on Anglesey for Horizon Nuclear Power. To undertake this project, Structural Soils developed a core team of its experienced staff to manage the contract, supplemented by locally available experts in their fields and an array of staff recruited nationally. Throughout the running of the Wylfa contract, the company managed to satisfy the requirements of its other clients and grow it background workload by 10-20%. 2014 also saw an increased proportion of Structural Soils’ permanent drilling crews working overseas, with the team successfully undertaking work in Iraq and Cyprus.

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