Central Alliance, the market leading pre-construction services company, with expertise in surveying, ground investigation, monitoring, data acquisition and hosting, has strengthened its geotechnical capabilities with the creation of a new Geo Construction division.
Investment in the new division includes the acquisition of specialist drilling contractor Electro Install Ltd, which bolsters Central Alliance’s geotechnical and slope climbing proficiencies.
Electro Install Ltd’s specialist slope climbing rigs will be utilised to expand the group’s Geo Construction division, which will provide specialist support to clients with more technically challenging projects that require specialist geotechnical construction.
The newly acquired rigs have full body and mast rotation, enabling Central Alliance to carry out ground investigation in the same orientation and location as proposed remedial works such as soil nailing or Electrokinetic slope stabilisation techniques. This will significantly minimise the risk of unforeseen ground conditions and provide valuable data to inform more accurate pricing and methodology for construction.
The fleet of specialist slope access rigs, combined with the innovative surveying techniques offered by the surveying division of Central Alliance, including Unmanned Aerial (UAV) Systems and multiplatform mobile mapping solutions, will provide the highest quality site investigation information that has ever been available on slopes and difficult access sites.
Services offered by the new division will be used across the construction industry from infrastructure, civil engineering projects. energy and power sector schemes to residential developments.
Central Alliance is already working on projects using the specialist slope climbing rigs and has just completed bespoke ground investigation work on the £1.5 billion A14 improvement scheme at Brampton Hut for Amey/Highways England.
Richard Pidcock, group technical director of Central Alliance, who will lead the new division, said: “We are delighted to welcome Electro Install Ltd to the Central Alliance Group. The combined ground investigation and specialist geotechnical construction capability of the unique slope climbing rigs, including installation of Electrokinetic Limited’s innovative slope stabilisation systems, will enable us to respond to the requirements of our customers, who are increasingly looking for a more comprehensive solution for their slope stabilisation from investigation through to design, installation and verification.”
Dr John Lamont-Black of Electrokinetic, added: “The combination of the Electro Install specialist rigs and Central Alliance’s breadth and depth of capability and experience creates an exciting combination that will deliver increasing value to customers”.
“Central Alliance has grown and evolved with the geotechnical industry, giving us unique insight into the pain points faced by our clients,” said Pete Bevils, CEO of Central Alliance.
“We know that the convergence of technology and specialist geo construction is the answer for many of our clients and we’ve invested heavily in the expertise and experience to make this happen. This is just the start. Clients are already taking full advantage of this expertise.”