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CAN Geotechnical Ltd

CAN Geotechnical Ltd Contact Details

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01246 261626
Matt Hillier
Smeckley Wood Close
County Derbyshire
S41 9PZ
England UK
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CAN - Chesterfield Office (HQ)
+44 (0)1246 261111

CAN - London Office
+44 (0)1474 538100

CAN - Bristol Office
+44 (0)117 428 1208

CAN - Glasgow Office
+44 (0)141 418 0471

CAN - Dublin Office
+353 (0)1 244 4511

About CAN Geotechnical Ltd

CAN Geotechnical has been operating as a specialist geotechnical contractor for over 30 years, with a forecast turnover of £17m and around 200 directly employed staff.

We cover the whole of the UK, the Republic of Ireland and Europe from our five offices located in Chesterfield, London, Bristol, Glasgow and Dublin, allowing teams to be mobilised to sites quickly and efficiently. We offer in-house design and build solutions using our own chartered engineers and operations staff.

CAN has a large fleet of bespoke plant and equipment, designed in-house and all CE marked. This is supplemented by excavators, ranging from 5t up to 26t. This allows CAN to arrive on site with a plant fleet which is compatible, tested and ready to go.

- A-Frame & Sled Drill Rigs
- Compressors
- Drilling Systems
- Telehandlers
- Tracked Dumpers
- Excavators
- Grout Plants
- Power Packs

CAN operates across many differing sectors of the civil engineering and construction industry, but primarily within the rail and highway sectors and working with developers to optimise useable land space. Clients range from private individuals to local authorities, and from regional contractors through to national main contractors.

Work takes place on slopes, cliffs, retaining walls, bridges, at height or at ground level. Adding in our specialist knowledge of working at height using Industrial Rope Access techniques, CAN is able to deliver a comprehensive range of geotechnical solutions across a wide variety of worksites.

Typical Services We Offer:
- Soil Nailing & Facing Systems
- Retaining Walls
- Drilling & Grouting
- Slope Drainage
- Catch Fences
- Rock Bolts & Rockfall Netting & Meshing
- Anchors
- Tie Bars
- Design & Build Solutions
- Dentition
- Difficult Access Sprayed Concrete
- Mini Piling up to 405mm

CAN is the UK’s largest installer of Geobrugg and Dywidag geotechnical products.

CAN Geotechnical’s broad service offering is underpinned by the following accreditations:

- ISO 9001, 14001 & OHSAS 18001
- Achilles RISQS for the rail industry
- Achilles UVDB for the utilities industry
- Sprayed Concrete Association
- Safe Contractor
- Builders Profile
- IRATA Member Company
- Investors in People
- British Drilling Association

At CAN we pride ourselves on working with clients in a collaborative way, offering designs, solutions and ways of working that are to the benefit of all, be that in time saved, financial value or environmental protection. From the outset CAN aims to Engineer Certainty.



CAN companies continue expansion with new Irish office

CAN Structures Ltd and CAN Geotechnical Ltd, UK specialist access and geotechnical contractors and part of the RSK group, opened an office in Dublin, Ireland, on Monday, 17 June.

The Irish office is the fifth permanent CAN base and supplements its offices in Chesterfield, Northfleet, Portishead and Glasgow (opened in May). Jona Crabtree is CAN’s new regional manager for Ireland. The company will share the premises with other RSK companies.

About 70% of CAN’s business is geotechnical projects for slope and retaining wall stabilisation and installing rockfall protection measures. The remainder involves structural repairs, construction, inspection, testing and maintenance – often including bespoke access solutions. Two major recent projects are the installation of the roof at Tottenham Hotspur’s new football stadium in North London and a highways project at the Heads of the Valleys in Wales.

Ireland has proved to be successful for CAN over the last 20 years. It has implemented rock netting for Donegal County Council, cliff stabilisation for its counterpart in Wicklow and stabilisation at the Lakeside Housing Development in Coleraine. The Dublin office enables CAN to provide direct and immediate services to operators and contractors based in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

CAN’s expansion into Ireland comes after its acquisition by RSK last October: one of 12 companies bought by the leading environmental and engineering services company in the 2018/19 financial year.

“Following the recent appointment of Colin Smith as the Scottish regional manager, we are very pleased to be able to announce that from Monday, 17 June Jona Crabtree will be the regional manager for Ireland,” commented Mark Richardson, CAN managing director.

“Jona has worked for CAN for the last 12 years. We have no doubt that he will apply his vast experience to the new role. I am confident that his energy, enthusiasm and professionalism will appeal to our clients, new and old, and that he will be instrumental in helping CAN to tap into the huge potential of the Irish market.”
CAN opens its first Scottish office

UK geotechnical and engineering contractor CAN has added a permanent office in Glasgow to the ones it already has in Chesterfield, Northfleet and Portishead.

The expansion comes after CAN was acquired by environmental and engineering services company RSK Group in October last year. CAN Structures and CAN Geotechnical will share the Glasgow office with other RSK group companies.

About 70% of CAN’s business is geotechnical projects for slope and retaining wall stabilisation, and installing rock fall protection measures. The remainder involve structural repairs, construction, inspection, testing and maintenance.

CAN has been working in Scotland for over 20 years. Its portfolio there includes rock face stabilising at Dunoon Sewerage Treatment Works in Argyll & Bute, structural inspection and testing at Burdiehouse Burn nature reserve in Lothian and slope works at Loch Katrine in the Highlands.

CAN managing director Mark Richardson said: “We are delighted to expand our footprint in Scotland with the opening of our new office. We believe that this move will provide our clients with the level of support and collaborative working that is so important to the CAN business model. We are very excited by the move and look forward to the new challenges and opportunities this will undoubtedly bring.

Colin Smith will be the new regional manager for Scotland. Richardson added: “Colin has 25 years’ experience in the construction industry and has worked for CAN for the last seven years. His wealth of experience and depth of knowledge is a huge asset to the business and we know that our clients will enjoy working closely with him over the coming years.”
CAN 'Heads' up one heck of a job on the A465

The A465, or Heads of the Valleys road, is one of The Welsh Government’s key strategic corridors and an international gateway for the South Wales economy.

The existing A465, a single three lane carriageway, was built in the 1960’s with two lanes in the uphill direction. The dualling project will significantly improve its safety, shorten journey times, generally improve transport links and therefore benefit the local economy.

Since September 2015, CAN has been working as a subcontractor for Costain on the Heads of the Valleys A465 widening scheme. The HOTV contract, now into its fourth year, is CAN’s largest project to date.

Throughout the job CAN has been able to adapt and provide viable solutions to the continuing challenges encountered on the project. The works are still ongoing and are expected to continue well into 2019.

Current works include:

- Installation of soil nails, rock bolts and rockfall netting
- Removing temporary road level catch fences
- Installation of gabion facing
- Drilling environmental barrier foundations
- Construction of a bat gully
- Filling voids caused by old mine workings

As of January 2019 CAN has carried work out on the following installing:

- 97,904 meters of drilling – which would reach double the height of the Red Bull Stratos skydive (the highest in the world)
- 13,901 soil nails/rock bolts
- 46,850.5m2 of rock fall netting – enough to cover Trafalgar square more than 3 times
- 34 retaining walls have been built
- 1,373,380 litres of grout – the equivalent of 2,416,811 pints of beer
- 250 tonnes of sprayed – the same weight as 140 pallets of bricks

Latest announcement takes the number of acquisitions by the group to 11 in recent months.

Leading environmental and engineering services company RSK Group Ltd today announced that it has acquired CAN, a UK geotechnical and engineering contractor that undertakes large-scale, specialist access projects.

About 70% of CAN’s business is geotechnical projects for slope and retaining wall stabilisation, and installing rock fall protection measures. The remainder involve structural repairs, construction, inspection, testing and maintenance, often including bespoke access solutions. Two of its major recent projects are the installation of the roof at the new Tottenham Hotspur football stadium in North London and a highways project at the Heads of the Valleys in Wales.

CAN operates from three offices, Chesterfield, which oversees most of its operations, Northfleet and Portishead, and employs 250 staff. The company was owned by Neil Foster and Andy Wingfield, who will both continue to lead the business as it joins the geosciences and engineering division of RSK.

The announcement marks the latest in a major series of acquisitions by RSK, which is based in Helsby, UK, the fifth largest environmental consultancy in the UK RSK has 55 UK and 36 international offices and a turnover of £175 million.

“I am delighted to announce this acquisition, which will further enhance the RSK stable,” said Dr Alan Ryder, chief executive officer, RSK. “CAN’s client base of principal contractors, specifically rail sector contractors, will complement other specialisms within RSK.

“Operationally, CAN has a large fleet of plant and facilities for modification and repair. These capabilities will directly benefit our ground investigation businesses for modifying, servicing and repairing rigs, and NDT Services for its pile test rig fabrication and hydraulic engineering.”

Andy Wingfield, managing director of CAN, added, “In RSK, we believe we have found a like-minded group of people that share the values and ethos within the CAN family. CAN’s acquisition by RSK is a fantastic springboard for growth that brings together RSK’s strengths in the early investigation and design stages of projects with CAN’s track record in construction delivery across a wide range of sectors.”

“When we started to look for a buyer, finding a company that really valued its people was a prerequisite, said Neil Foster, commercial director of CAN. “We are delighted that in RSK we have found a business where our fantastic staff will have not only security but also great new opportunities as the company expands. Being part of a larger group with such a diverse range of complementary services will provide the perfect launchpad for the next phase in CAN’s development. We look forward to taking full advantage of that opportunity.”

Since the 2017/18 financial year, RSK has brought 10 new businesses under its umbrella, including Acies, KMGP, Cole Jarman, CJ Associates, Ian Farmer Associates, Up and Under Group, RSKW, Central Alliance, Non Destructive Testing Services and Copeland Wedge Associates.
CAN achieve ‘Costain Blue’ status!

CAN has been awarded prestigious ‘Costain Blue’ status, reflecting our consistently high levels of performance on the A465 Heads of the Valley Contract. We have been working closely with Costain on this complex highway improvement scheme for many months now, undertaking a wide range of geotechnical tasks including soil nailing, rock bolting, rock catch fence installation and netting, in a variety of locations across the site.

The Costain Blue Performance initiative requires companies to score a minimum 800 points across a comprehensive range of key metrics that includes people, product quality, customer interaction, health and safety, value and delivery, measured over two consecutive quarters.

Congratulations to all of CAN’s site and project management team for their consistently high performance. Attaining Costain Blue is judged as an inspirational performance by Costain and this award should provide our wider client base with firm assurance of CAN’s commitment to customer service and our pledge to engineer certainty.
Products & Services

Catch Fences


Facing Systems

Soil Nailing

Rock Anchoring

Rock Meshing

Rock Scaling

Mini Piling up to 405mm

Sprayed Concrete & Dentition

Design & Build Solutions

Tie Bars


Rock Bolts & Netting


Drilling & Grouting

Retaining Walls

Slope Stabilisation

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