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Brick works, clay pits and quarries: A Cardiff case study

Would you be surprised if we told you that 21.11% of all properties in Cardiff lie within our non-coal alert area? The city of Cardiff has undergone enormous transformation in recent decades and it is easy to miss the risk posed by historic mining legacy, given the extent of residential development and commercial expansion. But...

Ardwick lime works: A Manchester case study

Would you be surprised if we told you that more properties are at risk from non-coal mining activity in Greater Manchester than from former coal mines? In 2020, Manchester was home to over half a million people, a function of the boom the city has experienced  since the industrial revolution. It boasts the UK’s first...

Redcliffe sandstones caves: A Bristol case study

Did you know that over 170,000 properties within Bristol are potentially at risk from non-coal mining activity? That’s more than properties at risk from former coal activity. The Redcliffe Caves may slip under the radar for those considering potential risks from historic mining legacy. Download case study Download our new case study to find out...

Environmental risk context for lenders and purchasers

This case study provides an interesting example highlighting how timely and pragmatic Groundsure advice can help our customers achieve a substantially better outcome. Despite physical risks at the property being identified, it was not considered that these necessitated immediate or prioritised action. However, the perception of risk between the vendor and purchaser created a situation...

Groundsure Review – Helpline service

A customer purchased a Groundsure Review report for a property which highlighted a former quarry on site with a cotton mill adjacent to the property. A historical landfill was also identified on site, extending beyond it to the east. This was noted to have accepted inert and household waste, with a last input registered in...

Savills Portfolio – Land at Stobswood

In April 2019 Groundsure were tasked with assisting Savills PLC and a land regeneration client of theirs with the sale of 16 Lots of restored land. Within the sales brochure for each Lot the Client wanted a simple environmental search from a respected provider that clearly detailed any issues (or lack thereof) that a buyer...

Thorp vs Abbot

A recent legal case serves as a timely reminder that simple searches are not sufficient when buying a property. Large scale housing developments, which have been the subject of a few stories over the past few months are very unlikely to be identified in the suite of mandatory searches, such as the CON29 Local Authority...

Importance of Utility Reports, an Electrical Example in West London

Background There are many examples of the value of undertaking comprehensive due diligence at the feasibility and design stages of development projects. This case study highlights the impact when things go wrong and also describes how a Utility Report can mitigate the risks. A Developer successfully bid to a Local Authority to build a new...