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Specialist Awards - Business Growth Award Winner

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the prestigious Construction News Specialist Award for "Business Growth".

This clearly demonstrates that the investment we have made in our people, new plant, innovations and techniques have been recognised by our peers in the industry.

New offices and precast concrete facility up and running.

Almost a year to the day since we commenced work on our new offices, workshops and precast concrete facility at Kirkby in Ashfield, we are pleased to announce that all works are complete and our staff are settling in well in their new home. This expansion in addition to our head office facility at nearby Pinxton, has enabled us to not only improve the working environment for our staff, but also to allow us to realise our ambitions for expansion over the next 10 years.

Our new precast facility will allow us to increase production of our Smartfoot modular foundation system by over 70% and manufacture innovative precast products that our R&D Team have in the pipeline. These are exciting times for the Group in this, our 30th anniversary year, and we will be making more exciting announcements in the coming weeks, so watch this space!!


Construction News Awards Specialist Contractor of the Year Winner

Van Elle’s financial results, service growth, investments and reputation was last night endorsed by being announced as the 2013 Construction News Specialist Contractor of the Year. As the largest and most prestigious industry awards and surrounded by many clients and suppliers alike, going up to collect our trophy was a very proud moment and a testament to everyone involved in the projects on which we have worked. Everyone at Van Elle is extremely proud that their hard work and dedication to improving sustainability, innovation and value engineering in the industry has been recognised in this way and it is a real motivator to keep on outperforming the sector in preparation for next years’ awards.

The judges commented “A specialist ground engineering company with a clearly defined vision and strategy. Van Elle’s approach to behavioural safety, training and their pragmatic problem-solving ethos sets it apart from others in this sector helping it to punch well above its weight”.

Van Elle invest in new plant and equipment

We have taken delivery of a new Llamade P105TT piling rig. This rig is for the execution of continuous flight auger piles (CFA) or displacement piles of maximum 24m depth and diameters between Ø350mm and Ø800mm.

Van Elle invest in new plant and equipment

To support our investment of a number of new rigs and types of equipment including the Soilmec R625, 2 No. D1004s, 2 No. Movax SG50V side-grip vibrating hammers, 2 No. BSP top driven hammers, a Llamada P-105TT and others, we have recently taken delivery of 11 new 750 and 500 Schwing pumps and 3 new concrete drums. Further investments are planned in the near future enabling us to widen the gap between our ability and that of our competitors to undertake projects quickly, safely and more sustainably.

Van Elle invest in new Llamada P-105TT

Following the proven success of our many significant investments over recent years, we have just ordered another new rig; the Llamada P-105TT. This amazing machine is capable of drilling and tracking 360° from the forwards position, is lighter than the competition, offers high stability, is incredibly powerful, is compact to transport, yet is very quick and easy to set-up. It’s performance characteristics enable it to undertake schemes which much larger rigs would struggle with and it’s retractable counterweight allows for efficient and accurate vertical drilling, ideal for contig/secant piled retaining walls as well as bearing piles. Please see the technical data sheet for further details.

3 out of 3 achieved with the announcement of the 2013 Construction News Awards shortlist

Van Elle have just been informed that we are finalists in this year’s Construction News Awards in both of the categories we entered; ‘Tomorrow’s Company’ and ‘Specialist Contractor of the Year’. This is in addition to the 4 finalist categories of the Ground Engineering Awards and 2 finalist categories of the Specialists Awards that we have already been shortlisted for. This has only been possible due to our continued sector leading performance, expansion into specialist markets and, of course, all the hard work that our professional, dedicated and knowledgeable staff have put into value engineering and successfully completing profitable projects safely and efficiently.

Van Elle invests in new rail capability and equipment

Following the launch of our specialist rail division last year, offering restricted access and RRV mounted piling and embankment stabilisation for rail projects across the UK, Van Elle have recently invested in new techniques and equipment ideally suited to working in this environment. Having successfully completed the piling on flagship projects including Reading Station, Newport Station, Croydon Station and Birmingham New Street for some of the UK’s largest Rail contractors, we now have the ability to design, install and test thick wall steel tubular piles up to 610mm diameter. To enable us to efficiently install these pile types in, sometimes, restricted access situations, working within possessions or from an RRV or track/wheel mounted excavator, we have recently purchased a unique Movax SG50V side-grip pile hammer and BSP DX-RT20 top-driven impact hammers.

Should you wish to discuss a specific rail project in more detail, please contact either Dave Warner, Divisional Director or Andy Howard, Rail Contracts Manager on 01773 580580 or email

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Van Elle purchase Soilmec R625 Rotary Piling Rig

Continuing our investment in new rigs, equipment and capabilities, Van Elle has just purchased a new Soilmec R625 large diameter rotary rig. Capable of installing rotary piles up to 2500mm diameter to a depth of 77m with 240kNm torque, this is one of the largest and most powerful rigs on our fleet and will enable us to look at value engineered options on even larger and more complex projects than we have been able to in the past. “Expanding our rotary capabilities will mean that we can now offer clients the very best solution for their project regardless of the size, location and type of foundations that are required. If the scheme dictates, multiple rigs and techniques can be utilised on a single site ensuring best value using the UK’s leading award winning specialist contractor”. says Peter Handley, Piling Director.

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Ground Engineering Excellence recognised in the 2013 awards

As well as being announced as finalists in the 2 categories entered for the 2013 Specialists Awards, Van Elle has recently been confirmed as finalists in 4 categories of the 2013 Ground Engineering Awards; Ground Investigation Specialist of the Year, Contractor of the Year, UK Project with a Geotechnical Value up to £1M and Award For Technical Excellence. As the industry awards most specific to the services we offer, we are very pleased to be recognised for our excellence in delivering some of the most technically challenging projects of 2012 and for our overall performance. We are now looking forward to enjoying the festivities with our industry colleagues on the 25th April.

Specialists Shortlist Announcement

Following another outstanding year and one in which we are, again, shown to be outperforming our competitors across the board, Van Elle have just been announced as finalists in both categories of the Specialists Awards entered; Business Growth & Ground Engineering Specialist of the Year. Having increased turnover, profit at a time when many competitors are losing money and investing in and expanding our fleet and range of services, we are now looking forward to our opportunity to present our success to the board of judges. Congratulations to all this year’s finalists.

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M1 - Site Investigation

We are delighted to announce that our Geotechnical Division has commenced ground investigation works on the M1 Managed Motorway Scheme for Costain Geotechnical Services.

The four month £180k contract involves day/night working along the north and southbound stretches between junc 28-31 and includes cable percussion drilling, rotary coring and dynamic sampling using our new Comacchio 205 and 305 rigs.

Divisional Director Andy Johnston commented “This is a significant award and demonstrates the wide variety of in house services on offer within the Van Elle Group. Our Geotechnical Division is growing year on year. The continued investment in staff, new plant and equipment, enables us to provide high quality and cost effective ground investigation services to our clients across the UK.”

Construction News 100

The recent publication of the top 10 ground engineering specialists in Construction News has reinforced the findings of other independent bodies showing Van Elle to be the most successful geotechnical contractors in the UK.

With an increase in turnover of over 13% to £34 million and more importantly an increase in pre tax profits to £1 million, we have again outperformed our competitors, large and small, whilst clearly demonstrating our ability to attract both new and repeat business by delivering value engineered solutions, with the best service, at the right price to our clients.

Van Elle accepted as members of the Derby and Derbyshire Rail Forum

As part of our commitment to providing an unrivalled service to the rail industry, we are pleased to announce that Van Elle are now members of the Derby and Derbyshire Rail Forum.

We look forward to taking an active part and making a positive contribution in helping The Forum achieve their objectives. Go to for more details.

Facebook Competition Winner!

Our congratulations go out to Mark Beastall of PSL who is the winner of our recent Kindle competition. Thanks to all who took part and keep an eye on our website and look out for our quarterly newsletter for more exciting competitions and updates.

Plimsoll 'Outstanding Company 2012' Award Success!

Following last year’s success of being awarded the title ‘Specialist Ground Engineering Contractor of the Year’, we have also been named as finalists in the 2012 Specialists Awards, in the ICE Merit Awards and the Ground Engineering Awards, the winner of which is to be announced at the awards ceremony on Friday 4th May.

Due to being declared most profitable company in our sector and increasing turnover, profit and market share, we have also just been given an award for ’Outstanding Company 2012’ by Plimsoll, the world’s leading market reporting and company analysis specialist. Only a select few are given this accolade each year and it is a great honour that, even through these challenging times, our considerable and consistent successes are acknowledged by such a well respected and independent body.

New South East Office

We are proud to announce the launch of our new office in Crawley, West Sussex. Our commitment to continually reviewing and improving the service we offer to our clients, across the UK, has prompted this move aimed to further develop business relationships within the south east and on the south coast enabling us to truly offer an unrivalled nationwide piling, geotechnical, foundation and ground stabilisation service.

The office, will be headed up by our regional business development manager, Rob Samms, having recently joined us from BBGE. Should you require any assistance from our southern office, please contact us on 01293 763137 or at Van Elle Ltd, Shaw House, Pegler Way, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 7AF.

Another sector topping performance!

In the latest sector review carried out by ‘The Construction Index’, Van Elle the UK’s largest independent geotechnical engineering contractor, has again topped the table for success and remains the only piling company in the top 10 to have increased both turnover and profit over the past two years covered. As reigning ‘Specialist Ground Engineering Contractor of the Year’, a finalist in the ‘2012 Specialists Awards’, shortlisted in this year’s ‘Ground Engineering Awards’ and having secured many prestigious and specialist contracts in the past 12 months, the outlook is very positive for continued growth and increased market share. To read more click here

Ground Engineering Awards

Having been named ‘Ground Engineering Specialist of the year’ in the 2011 EMAP Specialists Awards and a finalist in the same category in the 2012 honours, we are pleased to announce that we have also been named as a finalist in this year’s ‘Ground Engineering Awards’. Consistently outperforming our competitors in terms of tenders, innovation and business results, we are very pleased to be recognised for our achievements in this way and look forward to meeting with our colleagues, clients and suppliers to acknowledge our sector’s successes at the prestigious awards lunch on the 4th May at the London Grosvenor House Hotel.

Specialist Awards

Once again we have been shortlisted in the Ground Engineering category for the Specialist Awards 2012. As last years winners we hope we will achieve the same success this year. For more information click on this link

Birmingham New Street

Over the recent Christmas period, and for the second consecutive Christmas, Van Elle have successfully carried out the piling works on the Gateway Project at Birmingham New Street during a period of planned possessions. The works, consisted of 22 piles installed by 2 rigs across four platforms on Christmas day and Boxing day. Network Rail, the principal contractor Mace and our client, Birse Rail, were all extremely pleased with our project planning, health and safety and the successful outcome, leaving site well within the allotted timescales.

Van Elle’s Link Up Success

Van Elle have recently undergone our annual Link-Up audit and we are pleased to announce that we have, yet again, passed with flying colours allowing us to continue working on rail projects of all sizes and complexities. This is a sector which has grown substantially for Van Elle over the past five years and we have invested in a great deal of bespoke, specialist equipment and our in-house design team enabling us to undertake complex and demanding projects regardless of where in the UK and Ireland, they are located

Van Elle’s continued investment pays off

In our bid for continual improvement, Van Elle have continued to invest in the most innovative bespoke and specialist equipment throughout the economic downturn. Offering our clients superior reliability and quality with enhanced access, depth and diameter capabilities, we are able to design and install effective and efficient solutions for all of our clients foundation and ground stabilisation requirements. With the technical expertise, dedication and teamwork of our fantastic staff, these investments have helped us to top the table for most profitable piling specialist in a recent Construction News survey. Recent additions to the Van Elle Fleet include a new DAF 105XF wagon, a Llamada P140TT large CFA rig and a bespoke Klemm KR708-2 restricted access rig.

Construction News Shows Van Elle head the profit table

2011 has been quite a year so far for the reigning ‘Ground Engineering Specialist of the Year’. Having become the UK’s largest independent piling and ground stabilisation contractor, securing many of the year’s most prestigious contracts and further developing what is already the sector’s most diverse service offering, Van Elle, have again, managed to outperform every other piling company to claim the top spot as most profitable specialist. Whilst many competitors are still going out of business or are being swallowed up by larger companies, Van Elle have gone from strength to strength, offering clients true value engineered solutions utilising our experience, in-house design capabilities, customer service and continued investment in innovative bespoke rigs.

ICE EMMAs success

Van Elle and guests, Manor Crest Homes, were delighted to be ‘Highly Commended’ at this year’s East Midlands region ICE Merit Awards for the Carline Road Development in Lincoln. This extremely challenging scheme was recognised for making use of this prime hill top location overlooking Lincoln centre. Raison Foster Associates designed the retaining walls and Van Elle installed them creating steps down the steep slope enabling this land to be utilised for executive homes. Click here to view the case study.

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