In situ SPT testing. Holmesfield, Derbyshire (August 2020)
Our experience in the environmental and geotechnical sector dates back to 1998, having worked for various independent and 'global' consultancies on contaminated land, waste management, nuclear and geotechnical related projects. Born out of the last financial crash, Groundsmiths was established in 2009 to serve Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire given the lack of 'client focused' consulting engineers. Since then we have completed over 450 projects and have developed close working relationships with a client base of private developers and national housebuilders who are involved with the regeneration of brownfield and greenfield sites for commercial, industrial and residential end use. We have also worked with numerous homeowners who have either extended or completed new self-build projects.
Our work centres on providing timely solutions to problems associated with the redevelopment of land that is often affected by mining legacy, geotechnical issues as well as soil, groundwater and ground gas contamination. We encompass all aspects of site characterisation and work closely with a select group of fellow professionals including structural engineers, planning consultants, civils and drainage engineers, slope stability experts and architects who are local to the area, whilst maintaining excellent links with the regulatory officers and building control.
Straight talking. We are here to help!
WHAT WE DO...
Stage 1 LCRM Risk Assessment
Preliminary geotechnical and environmental risk assessment (desk study)
Intrusive Ground Investigation
Assessment of general ground conditions to assist third party foundation design
Stage 3 LCRM Remedial Strategies
Method statements and Verification reporting
Ground gas monitoring
with risk assessment
Coal Mining Risk Assessment
Factual and interpretative Reporting
in accordance with current UK guidance
Drilling is often an integral part to the investigation of a development site, but unfortunately the risks and costs associated with the assessment and treatment of ancient coal and ironstone mining are often overlooked, or misunderstood at best. Chesterfield and its surrounding area is 'mining country' so there's every chance that your development could be affected by shallow mining legacy if you are building here.
We don't 'drill' ourselves, but could assist you with the process if you need help completing intrusive works at your property.
"Those old miners have a lot to answer for!"
WHY CHOOSE US?
Competitively priced fees
Residential, commercial & industrial development sites covered
Proactive, reliable and professional approach
Retained and respected client base
Collaborative working undertaken where necessary to achieve project objectives
Complete end-to-end service
Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance