Founded in 1984 by Michael Ellis and his wife Joan Ellis, Van Elle is the UK's largest ground engineering contractor. The Group offers a wide range of geotechnical techniques and services to customers in a variety of construction end markets. Over the company's 32 year history, we have created a strong reputation within the core ground engineering markets, built on service quality, technical expertise, innovation, safety and the successful delivery of value-driven solutions to customers.
Van Elle's end-to-end solutions encompass: site investigation, driven, bored, drilled and augered piling and ground stabilisation services. In addition, the Group develops manufactures and installs precast concrete products for use in specialist foundation applications.
The Group operates through four distinct business divisions:
delivers drilled, augered, bored and driven piling solutions to customers in a broad range of end markets. Operating principally on open site construction projects, the divisions is, at any one time, engaged on jobs ranging from several days to several months' duration.
provides piling solutions in environments with access and operational constraints which require the use of specialist piling rigs and techniques. Through Van Elle Rail, the division also operates in 'on-track' rail environments for which it retains a fleet of specialist road/rail rigs.
Ground Engineering Services
offers temporary and permanent solutions for ground stability and support as well as a broad range of geotechnical services. The Group's ground stabilisation offering includes ground anchors, soil nails, grouting techniques and mine consolidation. Its geotechnical solutions include general site investigation work, pile testing and geothermal boreholes. These solutions can be implemented in open site, restricted access and on-track rail environments.
Ground Engineering Products
designs and manufactures precast piles, including both traditional long piles and segmental Vemech®
piles, for the Group's General Piling division. The Group also designs, manufactures and installs a modular precast foundation system targeted at the housebuilding market, under its patented Smartfoot®
trademark. Van Elle's principal manufacturing operations are located at the Group's 16 acre site at Kirkby-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire which is ISO9001, 14001 and OHSAS18001 accredited (as is the Group as a whole).