Mining Legacies of the West Midlands

Career development is a crucial aspect of working at GRM, and our staff are actively encouraged to engage with relevant professional organizations and attend events. This week, several members of our team, including our MD Bill Peacock, will be attending a half-day seminar organised by the Midland Geotechnical Society, on geotechnical hazards related to our mining legacy.

Mining has been a significant industry in the UK since Roman times. During the industrial revolution, it experienced rapid expansion, with coal mining dominating until the early 20th century. At its peak, over 250 million tonnes of coal were extracted annually, employing more than 1 million workers. While most forms of mining have ceased as industries, historic mine workings, both recorded and unrecorded, are scattered across large areas of the UK, potentially causing issues for construction and development projects.

GRM possesses a wealth of experience and expertise in the mining sector. It is, in fact, a specialty area for us given the backgrounds of Bill and our fellow founder, Chris Jerram (GRM History page). We continue to collaborate closely with clients who may encounter recorded or unrecorded mine workings that could impact their developments. Therefore, attending professional events and networking with other experts is crucial for both the professional growth of our staff and the benefit of our clients.

If you have any development or construction projects, including those that may be affected by historic mine workings, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can reach out to your main point of contact at GRM, or for new inquiries, email or call 01283 551249.