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Site Investigation, Risk Assessment, Geotechnical Consultancy, Environmental Consultancy, Remediation and Validation
Site Investigation, Risk Assessment, Geotechnical Consultancy, Environmental Consultancy, Remediation and Validation

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Geo-Environmental have achieved UVDB Verify B1 accreditation.   Whilst the company has worked in the utility sector for many years, it has always been through a third party.   Accreditation through UVDB Verify B1 should now allow us to provide our geotechnical and environmental consultancy services and ground investigation services directly to utility providers and their suppliers.

Geo-Environmental Services Limited are looking for a Principal Geotechncial Engineer to join our growing team. The role would suit an individual who would like to play a part in the expansion and strategic direction of a company that is expanding into new and exciting business areas. £45-50K + benefits

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We Have Moved Office
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We are now located at Unit 7, Danworth Farm, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, BN6 9GL 01273 832972.

It is a much more pleasant working environment out in the country than the previous offices in Brighton.

More importantly the internet connectivity, parking and energy ratings of the new office are far superior.

Note, we have also upgraded our website.
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The Government have released new planning guidance on their planning portal
http://planningguidance.planningportal.gov.uk/blog/guidance/land-remediation/should-planning-permission-be-refused-if-there-are-concerns-about-land-contamination/
Any new guidance for the public is a positive step forward and we welcome it.  The guidance is pitched at a level that avoids unnecessary jargon and technical detail to allow for understanding by the general public. The guidance and recommendations of what should be considered at planning are very directed to the applicant obtaining information from the LPA (Local Planning Authority) and EA (Environment Agency) and I know there are some issues about how often this data is updated, but this is a good starting point.
Whilst it is written in a simplified manner any engineers/consultants who are aware of CLR11 should have no problems understanding what is being said and implied in terms of level of information and the level of Preliminary Risk Assessment  (PRA) required. 
A positive step in the right direction and we hope that it will soon be followed by more detailed guidance for planners, developers, engineers and consultants in the near future.

Fracking in West Sussex
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In response to concerns from a number of our clients, who are developing or have developed sites and properties in West Sussex, we are putting together some factual desk based information on the potential geotechnical and environmental impacts of fracking, primarily focussed on the Balcombe area.

If you have other areas in Sussex that you would like us to look at for you, please contact me:

e-mail: michael.brown@gesl.net

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 699399

We often provide advice to developers who are contemplating work on sites in which ground contamination is present.  Typically on sites where issues, in respect of contamination, are identified, it is often at a late stage in a project and we find that we have been called in too late to prevent delays or cost over-runs.

These often occur as a result of the need for developers to address ground contamination on the site, which could have been allowed for or reduced in scale if we had been called in earlier.

For contaminated sites that require remediation to protect end users, developers are obliged to comply with the requirements of warrantors (such as the NHBC) who will assess the development to ensure compliance with Building Regulations, with a Plans Certificate being issued by the warrantor prior to handover of the properties to the purchaser once any requirements have been suitably addressed.

We recently worked with a client who had misinterpreted the NHBC’s requirements in respect of compliance with building regulations and had a handover deadline fast approaching.  The requirement to address NHBC conditions for remediation of contaminated areas of the site at this late stage resulted in significantly increased levels of stress to the client at a critical point in the project, which could have been avoided if the NHBC’s requirements had been more clearly understood at an earlier stage. 

Fortunately we were able to help in this instance, but so many of the issues that arose could have been averted if we had been involved earlier.

In the above case we were able to quickly provide advice and clarification of the works required to satisfy the NHBC requirements including carrying out site visits to validate remedial works and provision of a validation report in a timely manner, which enabled the client to proceed with handover of the development within the agreed timescale.

If we are involved at an early stage we can help clients interpret requirements in respect of contaminated land at the outset and agree a cost effective programme of validation visits, laboratory testing and reporting – hence avoiding costly delays later in the project.

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Geo-Environmental Wherabouts Week 3 February
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Geo-Environmental Services are now on Google

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