Delta-Simons completes strategic acquisition of an established, Peterborough based, site-investigation and geo-technical testing firm.

12 May 2022

Lucion Group is today delighted to announce the successful acquisition of Ground Engineering Ltd by our Delta-Simons Ltd team.  Ground Engineering Ltd specialises in the provision of site investigation services and geotechnical testing, providing a strong addition to the Geo-Environmental team within Delta-Simons Ltd. The acquisition, supported by BDO and HSBC, is the first made by Delta-Simons since their integration into the Lucion Group in April 2021, signifying the growth and investment that can be made as part of a wider team with supportive investment and backing.


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. Chris, who will remain with the business alongside Steve as Ground Engineering Services Directors, said:

“We decided it was the right time to join forces with a larger group of companies to ensure the future sustainability, growth and success of the business. Our team have built a strong reputation for providing high-quality, trusted geo-technical services to our clients. 

When presented with the opportunity to join a progressive group of companies and specialising in similar services, we immediately recognised the synergies and saw it as a fantastic opportunity for our team.”

Chris, Steve and their management team will continue to run Ground Engineering Ltd, with support from the Delta-Simons Senior Leadership Team.


Who are Delta-Simons?

Delta-Simons is a multidisciplinary environmental and health and safety consultancy providing trusted advice and solutions for sustainable development.

Delta-Simons has been working with industrial, commercial and residential developers, retailers, industrial manufacturers, fund managers, institutional investors, hi-tech companies, public sector and charitable organisations since 1992.

They provide Geo-environmental, EHS, Environmental Planning, Ecology, Sustainability and Wellbeing services at a regional and national level within the UK, as well as internationally through the Inogen Environmental Alliance, a global network of environmental specialists.

Managing Director of Delta-Simons, Alex Ferguson, commented on the acquisition saying;

“We are delighted to bring the Ground Engineering team into Delta-Simons and the wider Lucion Group. 

They are a great fit for our existing GeOps division, which continues to grow from strength to strength. Employing qualified Geotechnical Engineers, Geologists and Drilling Operators, the new team will bolster our Geo-Environmental services. 

Specifically, Ground Engineering provide geotechnical and geoenvironmental ground investigation and associated professional services, to the civil engineering, construction, housing, environmental management and financial sectors. Their approach is to provide engineering solutions by combining geotechnical services with complementary disciplines of geo-environmental and hydrogeological engineering.

I look forward to welcoming them into our team over the coming weeks as we integrate.”

We’ve had a really busy start to 2022 as we 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 potential strategic acquisitions.


About the Lucion Group

We are 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. 


Our Companies

The Group comprises Lucion Services a market-leading provider of hazardous materials management services, Delta-Simons, an established multi-disciplinary environmental and health and safety consultancy providing trusted advice and solutions for sustainable development, as well as 3 subsidiary companies, Aberdeen Radiation Protection Services, Landform Surveys Ltd and now Ground Engineering Ltd.

With a nationwide presence, and a global footprint through its membership of the Inogen Alliance, Lucion Group has more than 550 employees operating across more than 20 specialist sectors including Utilities, Real Estate, Nuclear, Technology, Marine and Development.


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