Shire originally started the geotechnical service to provide our own engineers with information on site, while the structural surveys were being carried out. This allowed us to offer a reactive, rapid response to our clients as a ‘one-stop shop’ for Design, Investigation and Construction.
We work across all sectors, providing a wide range of geotechnical investigation and consulting services. Our services include soil strength assessments, ground contamination analysis, subsidence investigation, investigation of collapsed retaining walls and land slip, soil condition surveys, tree root analysis, nutrient availability & content, drain surveys (including CCTV) & soakaway testing.
We work with the main testing laboratories in the UK so if there’s another service you need, please get in touch to discuss your project.
Geotechnical Investigations Services
The scope of work undertaken as part of the Desk top study can be varied to meet the requirements of the site, client and local authority.
Drain Surveys & Soakways
Problems with underground drains can cause severe damage to nearby structures. Leaking water can wash away the “fines” in the soil, causing the soil to become loose.
Soil samples can be taken and tested at an independent laboratory for various analysis to assist with foundation design and subsidence investigations. The testing can be done in the following ways.
CBR & Root Analysis
In-situ CBR (Californian Bearing Ratio) testing is carried out to provide soil strengths for the design of roads, car parks and piling mats. This can be achieved using either vehicle mounted apparatus or a hand held mexiprobe.
Groundwater & Gas Monitoring
Groundwater and gas monitoring/analysis can be carried out within the phase II site investigation or as a stand-alone service.
Contamination analysis is carried out in conjunction with numerous investigations and can also be carried out for hotspot identification and validation exercise.
Soil sampling is carried out for both geotechnical and environmental testing to provide the data for foundation design and contamination assessment.
Our Other Services
Civil & Structural Engineering
Engineering Innovation is at the heart of our approach to structural engineering. Shire were formed during 1988 in the belief that many clients were dissatisfied with the traditional reactive response of some Engineers.Find out more
Shire have a vast array of in-house design skills and expertise. Our dedicated telecoms team are often driving a gold design standard in the industry for others to follow. Our commitment is to provide quality design in a proactive, forward-thinking way & quickly! Our services also include site surveying, building analysis, tower analysis and line of sight surveys.Find out more
As Structural Engineers, we have worked with the Property Insurance sector since 1998. We conduct structural inspections, impact damage analysis, specialist investigations and root cause analysis. All of which is engineer-led using straightforward language. Our experienced engineers are also asked to conduct Expert Reports and Expert Witness Service for homeowners and clients alike.Find out more
Shire offer a specialist building repair service registered under the Safe Contractor Accreditation and the Contractors Health & Safety Assessments schemes. In conjunction with our inspection & investigation services, we can offer a full solution from initial cause analysis through to structural repair.Find out more
Research & Development
We love a challenge! We were first asked to find a solution for repairing terraced houses in the City of London that had restricted access but needed structural support. That was in 1998 and the Shire Pile was created. Since then the R&D team at Shire have developed more products with a focus on restricted access, concrete-free, easy to install, removable and recyclable for a wide variety of applications. And there are plenty more solutions on the way. Contact us if you have an engineering challenge we can help to solve.Find out more