Demand for redevelopment of brownfield sites has led Environmental Scientifics Group (ESG) to invest £500,000 in expanding its geotechnical and laboratory services.
Through the investment ESG has undertaken an extensive refurbishment programme of its UKAS accredited laboratories including a new facility at its Burton-on-Trent site, to house sample receipt and preparation areas for both soil and water analysis.
The company has said that the new facilities have streamlined processes to halve its turnaround time for soil testing from ten days to five.
It has also invested in site resources and mobile laboratories to expand its on-site contaminated land offering, which ESG says can be a key tool in contaminated land investigation, particularly on brownfield developments.
As part of the geotechnical division expansion, ESG has added a new business development manager, Andy Sallis, and an estimator, Andy Walker, to the existing geotechnical team.
Gordon Brockington, group business development director at ESG, said: “Now that the economy is well into its recovery phase, the construction industry has seen significant improvement and residential construction is one factor that is supporting economic growth. In order for the government to meet its affordable housing target by 2015, the need for clean, remediated brownfield land is essential.
“With this investment, ESG is now able to offer developers a complete solution for contaminated land investigation, including contracting, consultancy, laboratory testing and mobile on-site analysis services”