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Geo-environmental Consultancy

Sweco’s wide-ranging and integrated geo-environmental expertise is a result of over 30 years of investigating, assessing and remediating many thousands of sites, from individual housing plots to new towns.

Our commercial and pragmatic approach to site development, combined with our ability to successfully address issues using in-house resources, has resulted in a broad range of satisfied public and private sector clients.

Constant collaboration

Our geonvironmental engineering solutions are enhanced by multi-disciplinary support from across the Sweco group, both in the UK and internationally. In addition to our core services below, you’ll also benefit from environmental impact assessments, flood solutions, water engineering, landscape architecture, waste engineering, Expert Witness, ecology/biodiversity,air quality and CDM expertise through our unique ‘team of teams’ approach.

Geotechnical/ground engineering

Our experienced geotechnical engineers work closely with civil and structural engineering disciplines and our contaminated land specialists to regularly eliminate hazards and manage residual risks by identifying ground-related issues at the earliest stages of a project, allowing us to present balanced and robust engineering solutions.

  • Ground improvement
  • Building geotechnics
  • Infrastructure geotechnics
  • Mining stability assessments and remediation design
  • Foundations, platforms, earthworks and substructure engineering
  • Ground engineering and identification of development constraints

Visit our Geotechnical/Ground Engineering page

Contaminated Land Assessment

Organisations with contaminated sites face significant regulatory, financial and reputational risks. Successfully managing this liability and developing a regulatory position for these sites so that they can be put to more productive use (or divested) is a core area of our expertise.

  1. Due diligence
  2. Feasibility studies
  3. Planning support
  4. Regulatory approvals
  5. Accelerated turnaround desk-based site assessments
  6. Efficient site investigations and risk management options
  7. Accredited chemical testing and ground investigation contractors
  8. Effective engagement with environmental regulators to ensure compliance

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Remediation & Regeneration

Our multi-award winning engineers and consultants design and implement a range of geo-environmental improvement and regeneration schemes, using a robust understanding of site constraints and development objectives to allow the management of geoenvironmental liabilities.

  • Remediation design and implementation, from assessment to validation
  • Options appraisal, cost benefit analysis and value engineering
  • Materials management, sustainability appraisal and waste minimisation
  • Site clearance, demolition, utility and infrastructure enabling works
  • Contract tendering, administration and cost consultancy

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Due Diligence

Obtaining an early understanding of principal risk factors and business drivers is key to the quick and efficient delivery of value from transactions. Poor environmental practice or social governance can impact land value generation and may be commercially critical.

  • Environmental review and regulatory compliance audits
  • Market sector and commercial reviews
  • Transaction negotiation support
  • Business/portfolio rationalisation

Visit our Environmental Due Diligence page

Planning Process Support

Our in-depth understanding of local authority planning requirements and how to best achieve them is based on a strong track record of obtaining regulatory approvals for our clients, from housing developers to international energy companies

  • Review and interpretation of planning conditions
  • Liaison with regulators to streamline the approval process
  • Ability to address wider planning issues, e.g. noise, air quality, transport planning

Key clients

  1. Aberdeenshire Council
  2. Air Products
  3. Anglian Water
  4. AkzoNobel
  5. Banks Group
  6. BAA Edinburgh
  7. Boots
  8. City of Edinburgh Council
  9. Clyde Gateway
  10. Deutsche Bank
  11. Edinburgh University
  12. E.ON
  1. Gardiner & Theobald
  2. Glasgow City Council
  3. Greene King
  4. HBOS, HSBC
  5. Impetus Waste Management
  6. Industry Funds Management
  7. Sainsbury’s
  8. KPN
  9. Lidl
  10. Ministry of Defence
  11. Morgan Stanley
  12. National Grid Property
  1. North Ayrshire Council
  2. North Lanarkshire Council
  3. P&O Estates
  4. PNO Media Pension Fund
  5. Ravenscraig Ltd
  6. Strathclyde Pension Fund
  7. St Pauls Developments
  8. Standard Life
  9. Veolia
  10. William Tracey
  11. Wilson Bowden
  12. Winchburgh Developments
Together with our clients and the collective knowledge of our 18,000 engineers, consultants and other specialists, we co-create solutions to address urbanisation, capture the power of digitalisation, and make our societies more sustainable.​ With international multi-disciplinary teams, we can call on the right insight and technical capability at the right time from across Buildings, Infrastructure, Advisory & Planning and Compliance.​
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