Projects

  • Close Liaison with Local Authority and NHBC Saves Time and Money

    Ruddlesden geotechnical often liaise with the local authority’s environmental health officer (EHO) and, in some instances, the petroleum officer to gain additional background information about a site. The local authority often have additional informa...

  • Ground Conditions Chapter for Environmental Statement for Large Residential Development

    Ruddlesden geotechnical produced a ground conditions chapter for an Environmental Statement (ES) as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for a new, large residential development on the outskirts of Dawlish, Devon. Following the scoping a...

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    Materials Management Plan Avoids Unnecessary Landfill Disposal

    Ruddlesden geotechnical produced a Materials Management Plan (MMP) in accordance with CL:AIRE Definition of Waste (DoW): Code of Practice (CoP) for the movement of topsoil from a greenfield site undergoing development near Exeter (donor site), to a n...

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    Foundation Works Risk Assessment Allows Development to Proceed

    Ruddlesden geotechnical were commissioned to undertake a Foundation Works Risk Assessment for a proposed commercial development within the centre of Cirencester. The development was to include the installation of piled foundations to support the prop...

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    Supervision of Contamination Remediation of Former Petrol Filling Station

    Ruddlesden geotechnical recently supervised the contamination remediation works for residential development of a former petrol filling station site in Exeter. Ruddlesden supervised the excavation of the underground fuel storage tanks, pipelines and i...

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    Validation Testing in Somerset to Satisfy NHBC and Local Authority

    Ten years after carrying out the original contamination investigation and assessment, Ruddlesden geotechnical returned to the site to carry out the validation testing of the remedial works. The validation testing included hand-excavated trial pits in...

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    Contamination Remediation Strategy Outlines Requirements for Residential Development

    In order to satisfy a planning and NHBC land quality conditions, Ruddlesden produced a contamination remediation method statement, which summarised the contamination risks across the site and set out a clear and structured approach for remediating th...

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    TPH, PAH, VOC and SVOC Testing for Contamination Risk Assessments

    Extensive speciated total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH), polyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH), volatile organic compound (VOC) and semi-volatile organic compound (SVOC) soil and groundwater testing was undertaken as part of the contamination investigation an...

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    Iron and Manganese Testing undertaken Instead of Remediation

    An effervescent (oily) and rusty sheen was noted on water within initial foundation excavations and concern was raised about possible contamination from a nearby former railway siding. A walkover survey and geological knowledge identified the efferve...

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    Asbestos Testing Allays the Concerns of Locals

    As part of a larger contamination investigation and assessment for the residential development of a former power station, asbestos testing was undertaken. Anecdotally, asbestos containing materials (ACMs) arising from the decommissioning of the forme...

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    Correct Waste Classification Saves Costs

    Waste classification was undertaken on surplus soil at a residential development site in Exeter. The soil had been purchased and imported to be used as capping beneath road surfaces for the new development. However, the material was later found to be...

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    Water Supply Pipe Assessment for Residential Development

    Ruddlesden geotechnical were commissioned to undertake a preliminary site assessment report for water supply pipe selection at a proposed residential development site in North Devon. The desk study indicated that the site had had no previous developm...

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    Radon Protection General Requirements

    Although outside the scope of services usually provided, Ruddlesden geotechnical were able to help with a recent enquiry from a private individual. Whilst the details would need to be designed by a suitably qualified engineer, Ruddlesden were able to...

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    Ground Gas Assessment for Large Residential Development Site

    After completing a Phase 1 contamination assessment, Ruddlesden were instructed to undertake a ground gas risk assessment for a proposed residential development near Rugby. The southern and western boundaries of the site were bordered by an active la...

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    P20 Groundwater Risk Assessment Demonstrates No Remediation Required

    At a former engineering works near Exeter, elevated levels of polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH) were recorded in both the soil and groundwater beneath the site. As screening criteria had been exceeded in the groun...

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    Bioaccessibility Testing Negates Remediation

    The chemical laboratory test results obtained as part of a Phase 2 contamination investigation for a proposed residential development in South Devon indicated elevated levels of arsenic to be present in natural soils. A generic qualitative risk asses...

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    Residential Redevelopment of Former Garage

    A human health risk assessment at a proposed residential development site in North Devon was undertaken as part of a wider scope of works comprising a Phase 1 and Phase 2 contamination assessment, followed by the production of a remediation strategy ...

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    Pre-Purchase Phase 1 Contamination Assessment

    Phase 1 Contaminated Land Assessment for the proposed redevelopment of a brownfield site in Devon, as part of the pre-purchase appraisal for the construction of a new supermarket. The site had numerous historical industrial land uses, including an ir...

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    Multiple Contamination Assessment and Consultancy Services at Holiday Park, Cornwall

    A full range of contamination investigation and assessment services have been provided for a large and on-going holiday accommodation development in Cornwall. The Phase 1 Contamination Assessmentidentified that much of the site was underlain by a for...

  • Ground Investigation Report, Cornwall

    A Ground Investigation Report, fulfilling the requirements set out in BS EN 1997-2: Ground Investigation & Testing, was produced for an extension to a school in Dorset. The Ground Investigation Report (GIR) presented a factual record of the groun...

  • Minerals Resource Assessments, Dorset

    Minerals Resource Assessments have been undertaken for three sites in close proximity to each other for the same developer on the outskirts of village near Poole, in Dorset, where minerals resource assessments are commonly required due to the quarryi...

  • Pile Mat Design, Plymouth

    Geogrids were used as part of a pile mat design for a site in Plymouth. Calculations, which were undertaken in accordance with BRE 470: working Platforms for Tracked Plant, showed that a significant reduction in the platform thickness could be achiev...

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    Ground Improvement, Shropshire

    To inform the design of an embankment for a proposed highway, as part of the residential redevelopment of a site in Shropshire, Ruddlesden geotechnical were instructed to undertake a geotechnical investigation and assessment. The geotechnical investi...

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    Earthworks Specification, Devon

    Following a materials suitability assessment, Ruddlesden geotechnical produced an earthworks specification for the proposed material movements at a residential development site in Paignton. The specification summarised suitable and unsuitable materia...

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    Earthworks Materials Suitability Assessment Enables Re-Use of Site-Won Soils, Devon

    A materials suitability assessment was undertaken as part of a wider geotechnical investigation and contaminated land assessment for a proposed residential development site in Torbay. Due to the site’s topography, significant amounts of cutting and f...

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    Cliff Stability Assessment, Dorset

    There was a stability risk at a cliff-top site on the Isle of Portland, as indicated by a Phase 1 Geotechnical Assessment, previously undertaken by Ruddlesden geotechnical. Ruddlesden geotechnical were commissioned to assess the potential for landsli...

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    Slope Stability Assessment at Holiday Park, Dorset

    It was proposed to locate several holiday lodges on the bank of a lake at a holiday park in Dorset. Ruddlesden’s Phase 1 geotechnical assessment indicated that the bank was likely remnant from historical quarrying works and that it was likely to comp...

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    CBR Values for Road Pavement Design, Cornwall

    Ruddlesden geotechnical were commissioned to undertake California Bearing Ratio (CBR) testing to provide a design CBR value for road pavement design. The testing was to be undertaken within a highway verge of an A-road. Ruddlesden geotechnical obtain...

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    Successful Foul Drainage Tests Facilitate Residential Development in Devon

    It was proposed to construct a foul water drainage field at a proposed residential development site in South Devon. Ruddlesden geotechnical undertook in-situ percolation tests in accordance with Building Regulations drainage and waste disposal Approv...

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    Deep Bore Soakaways, Devon

    Deep-bore soakaway drains were recommended by Ruddlesden geotechnical following observations made during conventional soakaway testing in accordance with BRE DG 365 at a proposed residential development site in Torbay. Previous geotechnical investiga...

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    Soakaway Drainage Feasibility Assessment, Cornwall

    Soakaway drainage, combined with sustainable drainage systems (SuDS), was proposed as a means of surface water drainage at a proposed residential development site in Cornwall. Soakaway testing and assessment was as a pre-commencement planning requir...

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    Geotechnical Considerations for Basement Construction for Proposed Hospital

    For a proposed basement car park at a hospital in Dorset, Ruddlesden geotechnical were commissioned to undertake a geotechnical investigation. The geotechnical investigation indicated that a thick succession of river gravels was present beneath the s...

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    Assessment of Groundwater Pressures Critical for Retaining Wall Design

    Long-term groundwater level and pressure monitoring of standpipe piezometers installed in rotary boreholeswas undertaken to provide information for the design of a new retaining wall for a school in Dorset. Groundwater pressures were considered to be...

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    Temporary Works Excavation Stability Assessment, North Devon

    It was proposed to construct a retaining wall as part of the proposed redevelopment of a residential site in north Devon. Ruddlesden were commissioned to provide a method statement detailing precautions to be taken during excavations, with details of...

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    Large Retaining Wall, Devon

    As part of the redevelopment of an existing large, residential property in Chagford, Devon, a large retaining wall was proposed. Ruddlesden geotechnical were commissioned to undertake a geotechnical investigation and to provide characteristic paramet...

  • Economical Recommendations Provided for Ground Floor Slab Design, Devon

    Ruddlesden geotechnical were commissioned to review historical site investigation data to form a ground model and provide guidance on the use of a ground bearing slab for a proposed warehouse for a regional wholesaler. Consideration was given to the ...

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    Solution Feature Investigation, Brixham

    A solution feature investigation and assessment was undertaken by Ruddlesden geotechnical at the site of a proposed residential development in Brixham. The consulting engineer had recommended Ruddlesden, having prior experience with solution features...

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    Subsidence Investigation, Exeter

    A void was encountered during construction works beneath an existing residential property in Exeter. It was feared that the void might compromise the integrity of the property, as the existing foundations were no longer being supported. Ruddlesden ge...

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    Mining Supervision, Somerset

    Following a coal mining risk assessment, which indicated the proposed residential development site in Kingswood, Bristol, to potentially be at risk from historical coal mining, a geotechnical investigation was undertaken to ascertain the depth (and t...

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    Coal Mining Assessment, Somerset

    A Phase 1 Geotechnical Assessment and Coal Mining Risk Assessment indicated that a proposed residential development site in Nailsea was potentially at risk from mining-related subsidence as a result of shallow mine workings within the coal seam benea...

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    BRE 470 Platform Design, Paignton

    A significant thickness of made ground and underlying soft clay soils was encountered during a geotechnical investigation, necessitating the use of piled foundations for a proposed residential development site in Paignton. To facilitate the piling wo...

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    Foundation Inspections Reduce Construction Costs, East Devon

    Ruddlesden geotechnical are currently undertaking foundation inspections on a plot-by-plot basis for a regional housing developer at a new residential development site in East Devon. The consulting engineer had specified that all foundations be reinf...

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    Foundations Options Appraisal, Somerset

    The Somerset Levels typically comprise a thick sequence of Quaternary and Recent Alluvium/ Tidal Flat Deposits, made up of layers of peat, clay, silt, sand and gravel, underlain by Triassic and Jurassic bedrock deposits. The cost-effective developmen...

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    Pre-Purchase Phase 1 Geotechnical Assessment Provides Cost-Effective Information

    Ruddlesden geotechnical were commissioned to undertake a Phase 1 Geotechnical Assessment on behalf of a national housebuilder at an existing golf course in Dorset. Following a review of the desk study information and the consultation of historical ma...

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    Combined Geotechnical Consultancy Services Provided for Residential Development, Devon

    Ruddlesden geotechnical has provided a combination of several geotechnical consultancy services for a large and on-going residential development site in Torbay. The geology of clay underlain limestone has resulted in a number of geotechnical hazards,...

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    CPT Testing Used to Supplement Borehole Data

    Following an initial phase of geotechnical investigation, comprising cable percussive boreholes, cone penetration (CPT) testing was undertaken to obtain a greater resolution of data, to confirm the ground and groundwater conditions beneath the site. ...

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    Rope Access Work for Cliff Stability Survey, Dorset

    Ruddlesden geotechnical were commissioned to undertake a cliff stability survey for a property situated on the Isle of Portland. In order for kinematic analyses to be undertaken, to inform the need for remedial (stabilisation) measures, rock mass dat...

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    Geophysics Provides Site-Wide Ground Profile Information, Devon

    Near-surface geophysics, comprising ground penetrating radar (GPR) and resistivity, was used to identify the presence, geometry and depth of limestone solution features at a proposed residential development site in Torbay. Following a soakaway test i...

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    Groundwater Monitoring for Retaining Wall Design, Devon

    Following a geotechnical investigation, groundwater monitoring was undertaken to provide data for the design of a proposed retaining wall. Due to the site’s locality, near to a tidal estuary, monitoring visits were carefully considered, to ensure tha...

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    Gas Monitoring for Residential Development in Cornwall

    Ruddlesden geotechnical have been undertaking ground gas monitoring to provide data for a ground gas assessmentfor the proposed residential development of land near Newquay, Cornwall. The Phase 1 Preliminary Contamination Assessment and mining risk a...

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    UKAS Accredited Testing for Residential Development in Somerset

    Extensive geotechnical and contamination laboratory testing was recently undertaken as part of a ground investigation for proposed residential development site on the outskirts of Weston-super-Mare. In addition to classification (plastic and liquid l...

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    Sand Replacement Testing Undertaken to Validate Earthworks, Torbay

    Following the production of an earthworks specification, Ruddlesden geotechnical undertook in-situ sand replacement testing, to confirm the dry density of compacted material, and collected representative samples for geotechnical laboratory testing, t...

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    Plate Bearing Testing for Wind Turbine, Devon

    Ruddlesden geotechnical have recently undertaken plate bearing testing at a number of farms in Cornwall to validate geotechnical parameters, provided as part of a previous geotechnical investigation, used in the design of the wind turbine. Ruddlesden...

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    Highway Investigation Works Adjacent to Live Highway, Cornwall

    In-situ California Bearing Ratio (CBR) testing was undertaken to provide a design CBR value for road pavement design. The testing was to be undertaken within a highway verge of an existing A-road. Ruddlesden geotechnical obtained the necessary street...

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    Deep Bore Soakaway Testing, Devon

    A combination of in-situ constant and variable (falling) and constant head testing was undertaken to provide information for the design of a number of deep-bore soakaway drains at a residential development site in Torbay. Deep-bore soakaway drains ha...

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    BRE DG 365 Soakaway Testing, Cornwall

    In-situ soakaway testing was undertaken in accordance with BRE DG 365, as part of a wider geotechnical investigation and contamination assessment for the residential redevelopment of land near Newquay, in Cornwall. The testing was undertaken using ma...

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    Boreholes for Retaining Wall, North Devon

    To aid the design of a large retaining wallat a former glove factory in North Devon, Ruddlesden geotechnical were commissioned to undertake a geotechnical investigation to provide information on the ground conditions. Combined percussive and rotary d...

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    Rotary Borehole Rig Craned-In, in Devon

    Rotary cored boreholes were undertaken as part of a geotechnical investigation for the proposed retaining wall in North Devon. Restricted access meant that the drilling rig had to be craned onto the site. Cores of the rock were recovered and logged b...

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    Cable Percussive Boreholes for Piled Foundation Design and Settlement Analysis

    Cable percussive boring was undertaken as part of a geotechnical investigation to determine the ground profile for piled foundation design and assess the settlement of soft and compressible ground beneath a proposed embankment at the site of a propos...

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    Trial Trenches Expose Historical Coal Mining Entries near Bristol

    A combination of trial pitting and trenching was undertaken at a site in an area of historical coal mining to the north of Bristol as part of a coal mining risk assessment. This exploratory technique was used to provide an indication of the natural g...

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    Dynamic Sampling was Preferred Method of Investigation in Devon

    Dynamic sampling (windowless sample boreholes) was utilised in a scheme of works for the proposed stabilisation and reinstatement of a quay wall. This was the preferred method for the initialgeotechnical investigationat this site, as they allowed rep...

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    Combined Geotechnical Consultancy Services Provided for Residential Development, Devon

    Ruddlesden geotechnical has provided a combination of several geotechnical consultancy services for a large and on-going residential development site in Torbay. The geology of clay underlain limestone has resulted in a number of geotechnical hazards,...

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    Multiple Ground Investigation Techniques on Site in Cornwall

    A combination of trial pits and dynamic sampling (windowless sample boreholes)with in-situ and laboratory testing has been undertaken as part of an ongoing ground investigation for a large residential development on the outskirts of Newquay, in Cornw...

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