Start-up ground stabilization and enabling works specialist acquired in multi-million-pound deal
CONSTRUCTION materials group GRS have acquired start-up ground stabilization and enabling works contractors Soil Science Ltd in a multi-million-pound deal.
The bolt-on acquisition will complement GRS’s growing portfolio of contracting services for the construction industry, which includes enabling works, earthworks, civil engineering, and land remediation.
With a turnover of more than £6 million, Berkshire-based Soil Science have pioneered a low-carbon, zero-waste and easily reversible soil treatment for temporary construction works such as compounds, access roads, piling mats, and crane pads.
Known as Sureground, the inert soil-treatment system reduces the need for contractors to move large volumes of materials on and off site during temporary enabling works. As a result, it has up to 70% lower carbon impact, results in zero waste, and can slash works programme times by as much as half.
Because it is easily reversible and involves minimal vehicle movements, Sureground is suitable for infrastructure works such as power, water, rail, and data networks that need to go across farmland and nature-sensitive landscapes.
Since launching in 2020, Sureground has grown its workforce to 25 people involved with infrastructure schemes for National Grid, Network Rail, and a string of Tier 1 contractors. Most recently the team completed work on the Hinkley Point OHL Connection Project, involving 24km of haul roads and 82 crane pads.
GRS chief executive Jon Fisher said: ‘Soil Science is a dynamic business that’s disrupting the soil-stabilization sector with a proven and cost-effective turnkey solution. We’re hugely impressed by Sureground as a more sustainable alternative to traditional techniques for stabilizing ground. Soil Science fits well with other activities in our Integrated Solutions division and we’re excited about growing this business together.’
Bill Hinge, founder of Soil Science Ltd, said: ‘We are delighted to be joining the GRS Group. The deal gives us financial stability and gives Sureground great credibility in our sector. This means that our customers can have greater confidence in our capacity and capability to support major infrastructure projects in the long term. We’re looking forward to working with the GRS Integrated Solutions team to grow the business and accelerate the adoption of Sureground.’
GRS have grown rapidly from their aggregates and waste-trading roots to become a full-service supply chain partner to the construction industry. Today, with a turnover of more than £500 million, GRS are structured into three main divisions – Trading, Building Products and Integrated Solutions, which is where Soil Science Ltd will fit.