Delta-Simons extends geo-environmental service offering through strategic acquisition of Peterborough based, Ground Engineering Ltd.

12 May 2022

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We are delighted to announce the successful acquisition of Ground Engineering Ltd, a long-established and highly specialist provider of ground engineering services, Ground Engineering Ltd specialises in the provision of site investigation services and geotechnical testing, providing a strong addition to the Geo-Environmental team that is led by Divisional Director Simon Clennell-Jones.

Who is Ground Engineering Ltd?

Ground Engineering is the successor to Soils Engineering, which was originally Pre-Piling Surveys Ltd, founded in 1936, highlighting the level of experience and reputation that Ground Engineering has in the marketplace. They offer geotechnical and geoenvironmental ground investigation and associated professional services to a wide range of civil engineering, construction, housing, environmental management and financial sectors. 

Their team of 24 highly skilled and experienced geotechnical engineers, geologists and drilling operators are based predominately in Peterborough and working largely in London and the South East and will expand the capacity, range and expertise of the site investigation services to those that are already provided by the Geo-Environmental team within Delta-Simons. Their on-site services are supported by their UKAS ISO 17025 accredited geotechnical and construction materials testing laboratory.

Led by Chris Ebeling and Steve Fleming, the company will be integrated into Delta-Simons’ geo-environmental division. 

Steve Fleming, Director of Ground Engineering Ltd said of the deal; 

“Chris and I are very happy that GEL are joining Delta-Simons, with whom we have successfully collaborated in the past, and look forward to adding our complementary experience and expertise to the company’s portfolio.”

The Ground Engineering team will join Delta-Simons Geo-Environmental Division, which currently has 92 staff including both land contamination and geotechnical engineers as well as a drilling team of 10 operating two dynamic sampler rigs and two Comacchio rotary rigs.

Simon Clennell-Jones, Geo-Environmental Operations Divisional Director, will lead the company’s integration, and said of the acquisition;

“I am delighted that the GEL team will be joining us, and I am looking forward to bringing our expert geoenvironmental and geotechnical teams together, combining our experience and knowledge to strengthen the division's service offering.”

This is the first acquisition made by Delta-Simons since our integration into the Lucion Group in April 2021, and signifies the growth and investment that can be made as part of a wider team with supportive investment and backing. The successful deal was supported by  HSBC bank and BDO who assisted with due diligence on the deal.


About the Lucion Group 

Lucion Group is a purpose-driven organisation dedicated to protecting people and the planet. Consisting of several environmental services companies, we provide a comprehensive suite of value-added environmental, health and safety risk management and consultancy services.

With deep sector experience and a close focus on the needs of customers, the Group has grown significantly in the last three years, backed by our investors Palatine, the UK mid-market private equity investor focused on delivering returns through sustainable growth. 

We’ve had a really busy start to 2022. As part of the Lucion Group, we will continue to scale the group of businesses in line with our strategic growth plan and look forward to making further progress this year with strong organic growth delivered alongside further strategic acquisitions


About the Delta-Simons

Delta-Simons is a multi-disciplinary environmental and health and safety consultancy providing trusted advice and solutions to ‘Protect People and Planet’ through facilitating sustainable development.

As a national provider with a local presence, we work with clients from multiple sectors including industrial; commercial & residential developers; retailers; industrial manufacturers; fund managers; institutional investors; hi-tech companies; the public sector and charitable organisations. For the past 30 years, our team has provided a holistic suite of commercially astute environmental services and advice, designed to mitigate risk to both people and the environment, whilst removing the pain from planning or maintaining buildings and/or assets.

We are a founding member of the Inogen Alliance – a global corporation of consultants that provides worldwide coverage through one point of contact for environmental, health, safety and sustainability solutions for multinational organisations. we understand the importance of knowledge-sharing and storytelling to increase visibility and subsequent action needed to mitigate climate change and contribute toward a positive future for the planet.