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We work with a number of respected data providers to bring the most relevant and accurate information to you in our reports.

Below are some details of their specialisms and how we work with each of them to compile the information in the report. This should give you peace of mind about the quality of our source data, as well as where to go if you want further information.


Ambiental Risk Analytics
Science Park Square
0203 857 8543

Ambiental Risk Analytics, a company of Royal HaskoningDHV, produce flood maps, flood risk datasets, catastrophe models and flood forecasting products internationally. Ambiental’s datasets provide high granularity insights into multiple flood hazards including Groundwater, as well as an indication of the insurance risk classification. Using predictive analytics, digital mapping and machine learning, Ambiental provide actionable intelligence through data to reduce damage and risk to lives and property.


British Geological Survey
Kingsley Dunham Centre
01159 363 143

The British Geological Survey is part of the Natural Environment Research Council and collects, processes and publishes geoscientific data for government, academic and commercial purposes, principally for the UK but also internationally. It advises the UK Government on geological processes and resources. They produce data on underlying geology, soil chemistry, geological resources, mines and mineral resources. Their data is used in our ground stability search reports.



The Coal Authority
200 Lichfield Lane
Berry Hill
NG18 4RG
03457 626 848



25 Canada Square
Canary Wharf
E14 5LQ
03456 023 813

Crossrail Limited is a subsidiary of Transport for London (TfL) and is jointly sponsored by TfL and the Department for Transport. It was established to build the Elizabeth line railway through central London, otherwise known as Crossrail. It publishes data on the route, including stations and related works, which is currently under construction.



Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEI)
1 Victoria Street
02072 155 000

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is now part of DBEI and some of the data for which it is responsible has been passed into the management of this new department. DBEI is a ministerial department covering business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy, and climate change. The former DECC datasets that it is responsible for include locations of solar farms and power stations.



Environment Agency
National Customer Contact Centre
PO Box 544
S60 1BY
03708 506 506

The EA is an executive non-departmental public body that is sponsored by Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). It is responsible for protecting the environment through regulation of industry and waste, treatment of contaminated land, conservation and ecology, and management of water resources including water quality, inland water navigation, fisheries and flood risk. It produces data on flood risk, flood defences, water sources, and waste sites. The functions of the EA, including the production of data, are fulfilled in Scotland by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and in Wales by Natural Resources Wales.




Getmapping Plc
Virginia Villas
High Street
Hartley Wintney
RG27 8NW
01252 845 444

Getmapping is a digital mapping company that specialises in aerial photography and LiDAR. It undertakes its own surveys, meaning that it can provide bespoke services, and offer historical and oblique aerial imagery as well as current direct imagery.




Groundsure Limited
Sovereign House
Church St
08444 159 000




The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Redgrave Court
Merton Road
L20 7HS
03000 031 747

HSE is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department for Work and Pensions and its primary purpose is to reduce work-related injury and ill-health. HSE hold data related to their work, including records of sites that fall under Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Regulations.



High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd

2nd Floor
Eland House
Bressenden Place
02079 444 908

HS2 Ltd is an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Transport. It was established to develop and promote the High Speed Two rail network. It publishes data about the proposed route for the network, including visibility and noise impact.



Historic England
1 Waterhouse Square
138 – 142 Holborn
03703 330 607



Historic Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
01316 688 600



Welsh Government
Plas Carew
Unit 5/7 Cefn Coed
Parc Nantgarw
CF15 7QQ
01443 336 000

These three authorities protect the historic environment of England, Scotland and Wales respectively and are responsible for listing or scheduling sites that are historically important. Each of them publishes data on Listed Buildings, Protected Parks and Gardens, and Scheduled Ancient Monuments.



Johnson Poole and Bloomer (JPB)
Harris & Pearson Building
Brettell Lane
Brierley Hill
West Midlands
01384 262 000

JPB is an engineering consultancy that specialises in geotechnical and environmental engineering, contamination, surveying, and mining and quarrying. It holds an extensive selection of mine plans that can be used as part of ground stability assessment.


The Land Registry
Trafalgar House
1 Bedford Park
03000 060 411

The Land Registry is a non-ministerial government department that registers the ownership of land in England and Wales. It provides the owners with a land title, guaranteed by the Government, and provides record of ownership and interests affecting land. The Registry publishes a mix of open and paid for data derived from the Land Register.

Local Authorities

A local authority can be a district or unitary council and these fall, along with county councils, under the description of Local Government. Local authorities have a variety of responsibilities and these include issues like air pollution consents and designated contaminated land, which they are obliged to maintain public registers of. Local authorities, along with National Park authorities are also responsible for planning, both at a local strategic and application level. All planning authorities maintain a public database of planning applications.


National Grid
Brick Kiln Street
LE10 0NA
08458 351 111

National Grid Plc is a private company that operates the power distribution network in the UK and owns the networks for England and Wales. It publishes data on energy infrastructure such as oil and gas pipelines, and electricity transmission, though not local distribution.


Natural England
County Hall
Spetchley Road
03000 603 900

NE is an executive non-departmental public body that is sponsored by Defra. They act as the government’s advisor on the natural environment. They are primarily responsible for the promotion of nature conservation and actively conserving and enhancing England’s landscape. They produce data on nationally and internationally designated natural sites such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserves. The functions and responsibilities of NE, including production of data, are fulfilled in Scotland by Scottish Natural Heritage and in Wales by Natural Resources Wales.


Natural Resources Wales (NRW)
Ty Cambria
29 Newport Rd
CF24 0TP
03000 653 000

NRW is a Welsh Government Sponsored Body that was formed in 2013 to broadly assume the responsibilities of the Countryside Council for Wales, Forestry Commission Wales and the Environment Agency Wales. It also holds similar functions to Natural England. Datasets available from the Environment Agency and Natural England usually have a counterpart available from Natural Resources Wales.


North Sea Transition Authority

3rd Floor
1 Marischal Square
Broad Street
AB10 1BL

0300 020 1010 or 1090 

We regulate and influence the oil, gas and carbon storage industries. We help drive North Sea energy transition, realising the significant potential of the UK Continental Shelf as a critical energy and carbon abatement resource. We hold industry to account on halving upstream emissions by 2030.


Office for National Statistics (ONS)
Room D265
Government Buildings
Cardiff Road
South Wales
NP10 8XG
08456 013 034

The ONS is independent and the recognised national statistical institute of the UK, reporting via the UK Statistics Authority to the UK Government. It is responsible for collecting and publishing statistics for economy, population and society, including the census for England and Wales. It publishes data at local and regional, as well as national, levels including deprivation, demographics, and the Rural Urban Classification. We source demographic data from them.


Open Government Licence (OGL)

The OGL is a set of terms and conditions on the re-use of certain public sector data. Data that is available under OGL is free to use, including commercially, as long as it adheres to the terms of the Licence. The OGL is intended to be simple and to encourage the use of the data to which it applies. The expertise of our specialists helps Groundsure to utilise this data in the most effective manner, extracting relevant information from it and bringing this to our customers. A copy of the current OGL is available from The National Archives:




Ordnance Survey
Adanac Drive
SO16 0AS
08456 050 505

Ordnance Survey is the UK national mapping agency who have been responsible for producing official maps of the UK for over 170 years. While it originally produced paper maps, and still do, the majority of its work is the production of digital mapping data that underpins both private and public sector work around location, including the creation of new datasets. This is where we source our background mapping.




Stantec UK Ltd
Caversham Bridge House
Waterman Place
01189 500 761

Stantec UK Ltd is an infrastructure and major developments consultancy in engineering, planning and economics. It holds data on both naturally occurring and mining cavities for use in assessing ground stability.



The Planning Inspectorate (PINS)
Room 3Q Kite Wing
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Temple Quay
03034 445 000

PINS, is an executive agency sponsored by the Department for Communities and Local Government and by the Welsh Government. It is responsible for handling planning appeals, planning applications of a national infrastructure scale and examination of local plans.



UK Health Security Agency
Wellington House
133-155 Waterloo Road
02076 548 000

UK Health Security Agency is an executive agency sponsored by the Department of Health that is tasked with protecting and improving the health in the UK and reducing health inequality by providing advice and support to organisations like the National Health Service and local government. It produces data related to a variety of public health issues, including radon.



Renewables UK
Greencoat House
Francis Street
02079 013 000

Renewables UK represents member renewable energy companies in the UK. They produce data related to their work such as statistics on renewable power generation of the location of projects, such as wind farms.



Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
Erskine Court
Castle Business Park
01786 457 700

SEPA fulfils a similar role in Scotland to the Environment Agency, protecting the environment and human health through regulation and active work on flooding, contamination and nature conservation. At present, the majority of their data is not available for commercial use.



Great Glen House
Leachkin Road
01463 725 000

NatureScot is funded by the Scottish Government and holds an equivalent role to Natural England, promoting and undertaking nature conservation in Scotland. It produces and holds the same sorts of data as Natural England there, such as designated sites, which are protected with regards to development due to their natural beauty, wildlife or other attributes.