Groundworks Drives Company Growth

VertaseFLI has successfully undertaken large scale groundworks projects since its inception in accompaniment to remediation to provide a complete enabling package. We have been working hard to build on that success throughout 2012 and 2013 with new clients and projects increasing further our experience and portfolio of projects.

VertaseFLI began as a specialist Environmental Services Contractor in 2000 and was established to deliver complex design and build soil and groundwater remediation projects. The excellent relationships developed with its clients often meant VertaseFLI was given the opportunity to undertake further construction activities post remediation, rather than a separate ground works specialist being brought in following on from the completion of remediation works.  The synergies between remediation, earthworks and groundworks are obvious and with highly developed project management skills we were able to manage the sometimes complex interaction between remediation and groundworks, effectively minimising costs and complications in the ground.

This success has been exemplified by recent contract awards such as the Bath Western Riverside Project for Crest Nicolson. VertaseFLI previously worked on the project undertaking several phases of remediation in excess of £1 million and have now been appointed to undertake a further £1.2 million groundworks project including, piling, foundations, drainage, surface finishes and a complex retaining wall structure for the residential development in the heart of Bath.

Following the success of remediation works at a former landfill in Fengate, Peterborough in 2008 which included the installation of a Virtual Gas Curtain, Kier Homes has turned to VertaseFLI to transform the former marshland via land raising, ground improvement via construction, surcharge and culvert installation which is required prior to construction of the final phase of housing.  With values in excess of £1 million the works are due to be complete by late 2013 and include ecological works and spine loach translocation to complete the enabling package.

VertaseFLI has also recently commenced a circa £2 million groundworks and civils package for an Anaerobic Digestion facility in Basingstoke.  This follows on from the successful enabling works which included preparing a former dairy site for construction.  Works include foundations, drainage, surface finishes, structures and a steel clad reception building.

VertaseFLI Managing Director, Mick Rawdon suggested the growth points towards the changing face of developers in the Brownfield industry. “The Brownfield market has become far more competitive for developers which is forcing them to come up with new ways to streamline developments. We have found that merging parts of the site preparation and construction works can lead to benefits on cost and programme, and reduces complexity for clients in terms of management and interaction.  In addition to this, our experience of working as principle contractor and the our highly developed health, safety and environmental management systems means the developer can focus on maximising the developments value”.

As one of the leading ‘Contaminated Land, Brownfield and Environmental Contracting Specialists’. VertaseFLI has extensive experience in undertaking remediation design and project management, demolition and enabling works, remediation for redevelopment, all commercially viable in-situ and ex-situ remediation technologies, part 2a and legacy works; landfill construction, ecological, archaeological and groundworks including ground improvement, foundations, basement construction, paving, drainage, roads, retaining structures, externals and landscaping.  We have a long pedigree of delivering safe, sustainable and cost effective enabling works within our BSEN 18001 accredited management system.

For further details please contact your local office, details of which can be found on our contact page or telephone Steve Edgar (01246 813289) or Mike Longman (01275 397600) for a discussion.