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Company History


Founded in 1984 by Michael Ellis, Van Elle has grown to become the UK's largest ground engineering contractor. The Group offers a wide range of specialist geotechnical techniques and services to customers in a variety of construction end markets. Over the company's 34 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.

Principal Activities


Van Elle's end-to-end solutions encompass: ground investigation, piling and ground stabilisation services in a wide range of environments. 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:

General Piling 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 division is, at any one time, engaged on jobs ranging from several days to several months' duration.

Specialist Piling 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 to offer stability and support to rock faces, tunnels and embankments 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 ground investigation work, pile testing, vibration/noise monitoring 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 a variety of markets including housebuilding, 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, ISO14001 and OHSAS18001 accredited (as is the Group as a whole).

Mission Statement


To provide clients of all sizes and across all sectors with a professional and friendly service whilst delivering a competitive, quality geotechnical solution ideally suited to the purpose for which it is intended, safely.

Vision Statement


To grow a financially successful ground engineering business which operates profitably and safely in multiple countries around the globe, developing a world renowned reputation for excellence in our field and consistently delivering a market leading performance.

Core Principles


Always put your safety and that of others first.
Always work together and help one another.
Always make a profit.