Are you really as risk compliant as you think you are?

In September 2020, Groundsure launched GeoRisk, a new suite of mining and ground stability search reports . We took inspiration from recent collapse events, in depth customer research and most importantly, guidance from the Law Society in the name of the Conveyancing Handbook. I would forgive anyone who hasn’t perhaps read this cover to cover,...

Ground stability hazards around Greater London

London is a particular hotspot for subsidence. A large number of properties in the Greater London area are built on London Clay, which is one of the most shrinkable of soil types as it’s highly susceptible to changes in volume caused by variation in water content1. This is reflected in the deformation of ground by...

The hidden dangers of old mine workings

It was reported1 earlier today, that an unfortunate incident occurred with a farmer sadly being injured after falling into a sinkhole. The description of such hole is reported by the BBC as “a narrow throat, and then there was a large bulbous bottom”. Our mining experts instantly knew this related to an iron ore bell...

Urban mining in and around Plymouth

The saying goes something like, “If I had a pound for every time someone told me that there is no mining here, I would be a rich man”. Well, in this latest blog I want to dispel the idea that Plymouth in Devon is an area where the legacy of historic mining activity has not...

China Clay Mining

The St. Austell area in Cornwall is famous for its association with china clay where rich deposits of Kaolin have been mined over the centuries. The mines have been so ingrained into the Cornish economy that pretty much everybody in the local area either worked for companies involved in the china clay industry or had...