EXPERT GEO-RISK ANALYSIS AND TRANSACTION-LED ADVISORY

Unrivalled data analysis delivering expert insight and understanding
Commercially focused risk advice supporting transaction progression and completion


The Groundsure Review is not just data – the report’s value rests on unrivalled data analysis delivering expert insight and understanding. Each report is written and reviewed by our in-house team of environmental specialists who can be contacted in the event of a query.

Review has been redesigned and enhanced with new features, improved layout and design for clearer navigation – streamlining workflow. It provides a detailed manual assessment of contaminated land risk, alongside a comprehensive review of flood, radon, energy, transportation, ground stability and planning constraints. Its new user friendly layout now includes full energy and transportation sections with planning applications available as an optional extra at no extra cost.

Groundsure is the preferred supplier to the UK commercial property secured lending market. This report supports your professional requirements under The Law Society and RICS Red Book. Further consultancy advice and access to environmental insurance solutions are available should they be required.


Enhancements

  • Intelligently filtered data with fewer pages
  • Manual assessments in plain English
  • Operational risk assessment
  • Complete HS2 data
  • Crossrail 2 route and safeguarding
  • Optional planning applications
  • Intuitive layout and page flow

Who is it for?
Designed in conjunction with a panel of Property Lawyers, Review offers pragmatic and commercially focused expert insight, deal orientated recommendations and guidance on next steps for high value property transactions, complex industrial sites and redevelopments.


What does it review?

• Law Society compliant contaminated land assessment, including confirmation of any high risk features by our experts
• Flood risk assessment covering river, coastal, surface water and groundwater compliant with Law Society guidance
• Manual review of high detail historical Ordnance Survey mapping in all cases
• In-depth contaminated land database dating back to 1840s including 27,000+ land use classifications
• Operational environmental risk – our in-house team of environmental experts who specialise in commercial property, are able to provide a desktop assessment of ongoing contamination risk at the site
• Energy includes current and proposed oil and gas exploration areas and wells, wind farms, solar farms, power stations and large energy infrastructure
• Transportation includes Crossrail 1 and 2, HS2, active railways, underground and DLR
• Planning constraints inform about environmental and cultural designations in the area that could impact on planning proposals
• Ground stability covers natural and non-natural subsidence potential including coal mining screening
• Property specific radon assessment


Benefits to Property Lawyers

• Where issues are identified, our in-house environmental consultants offer pragmatic and commercially focused expert insight, deal orientated recommendations and guidance on next steps
• Named consultant can be contacted in case of follow up questions and queries
• All in one report – no need to buy another report for flood, transport or energy
• Streamlined workflow enabling smarter and faster decisions
• Time and money savings with every transaction
• Easy to understand client ready copy, Review is accessible to everyone involved in the transaction
• Supports your professional requirements and is accepted by all major UK lenders
• Fewer pages showing the key data
• £10m Professional Indemnity Insurance (any one claim)


Reliance

£10m Professional Indemnity Insurance (any one claim). Can be relied upon by all professional parties within a property transaction, first purchasers / tenants and their advisers. Please refer to Groundsure terms & conditions.


What is radon?

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas, produced by the radioactive decay of Uranium (238U). Uranium is found in small quantities in all soils and rocks throughout the UK. It is not possible to see or smell radon and specialist equipment is required to detect it. Click here for more information about radon

What is natural ground subsidence?

Natural ground subsidence refers to the upward, lateral or downward movement of the ground that can be caused by a range of natural geological hazards, such movements are typically in the order of centimetres, but exceptional circumstances can be larger. Significant natural ground instability has the potential to cause subsidence damage to some weaker buildings and structures. Click here for more information about subsidence

What does 'Passed/Acceptable Environmental Risk' mean?

Groundsure provide a statement regarding the likely designation of the property under Part 2A of EPA 1990 and the level of risk associated with the property represents either ‘Acceptable Environmental Risk’ or ‘In Need of Further Assessment’ ‘Acceptable Environmental Risk’ or ‘Passed’ indicates that there is an unlikely risk of statutory (Part 2A EPA 1990) or third party action being taken against the site and the potential environmental risks associated with the property are not considered significant

CON29 Local Authority Searches

The CON29, Section 3.12 of The Local Authority Search is an identification of land that has already been designated as “contaminated land” under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. This doesn’t provide an indication if a site is on the local authority’s Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy or if it is likely to be designated.

What information do you accept to ‘Pass’ a report?

Groundsure are able to reassess a report together with additional information provided by you. Normally this will be undertaken free of charge. However Groundsure reserve the right to charge in the event that the time taken to review the documents provided is greater than normal, due to either the number of documents provided or the complexity of the case. When sufficient information is provided, Groundsure will revise the report from "In Need of Further Assessment" to a "Pass" (Acceptable Environmental Risk). Where appropriate, Groundsure provide recommendations for further action that helps you to obtain sufficient information:

  • NHBC Buildmark Certificate with contaminated land cover. All policies registered after 2007 should include contaminated land cover;
  • Confirmation that contaminated land planning conditions were imposed on the site and were subsequently discharged by the local planning authority;
  • Confirmation from the Contaminated Land Officer or similar at the Local Authority that they are aware of the previous use of the site and are not considering any further action against the study site or any surrounding sites (either informally or formally) under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 .