A Walk on the Wild Side

We are regularly approached by landowners and developers asking for help with ground investigations and planning applications. Phase I Desk Studies are generally the starting point for these projects and are typically a requirement for validation of planning applications. They should also be considered as part of the due diligence process for all property transactions.

Despite the name (‘Desk Studies’), we also visit the site and undertake a Walkover Survey. This allows our engineers to confirm any issues or concerns above ground and acquire supplementary information to add to the final report.

We have learnt over the years to expect the unexpected from site walkovers. You never quite know what (or who, in this case) you are likely to find on a potential development site! A recent visit to some disused allotments on behalf of a property developer was a case in point. In addition to the usual array of industrial and domestic waste products, we also uncovered a boat, some horses, and a very inquisitive pig! While all the wildlife appeared healthy and well cared for, it was a surprise to Alex, our Geo-Environmental Engineer, and the landowner too!

Further site visits will be required before we can accurately assess the risks and the health and safety hazards. All of these will feature in our report along with other information related to:

  • Geological, environmental and historical information in relation to the site and the immediate surrounding area.
  • Issues that may impact the development of the site including environmental factors, ground related hazards, and contamination sources.
  • Conceptual model which includes preliminary development recommendations and advice on further works required for the cost-effective reduction of risks.
  • Future work that may be required as part of Phase II Site Investigations.

If you have any development or construction projects, then please get in touch to find out how we can help save both time and costs. Please use your main point of contact at GRM or for new enquiries email richard.upton@grm-uk.com or call 01283 551249.