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History

OUR HISTORY

Central Alliance is a ground engineering technical services company, specialising in investigations, surveys and specialist geotechnical services, employing over 100 people working across all sectors including transport, energy, utilities, government, defence, property, construction and infrastructure. We are proud of our history and how our business has developed into a forward-thinking world class technical services provider.

2006
BUSINESS FOUNDED

The business is established in the UK under the previous name of Drift Ground Investigation as a one person business with one small drilling rig, undertaking ground investigations. The business initially worked for consultants and other ground investigation contractors across all sectors.

2007
FIRST RAIL PROJECT
Drilling between tracks using trolleys on the railway.

The first rail projects were won in London North East region (now Eastern), leading to a 7-year programme of work investigating voided structures (viaducts) through the track bed during night time possessions. 

The first employee starts working for the business alongside the founder.

2009
CABLE PERCUSSION SERVICE
The first Cable Percussion rig for the business.

The business diversifies acquiring the first cable percussion drilling rig to work alongside the dynamic sampling rigs. A second dynamic sampling rig was acquired in the same year.

2010
FIRST >£100k CONTRACT WIN
Drilling rig in foreground and power station cooling towers in the background.

Central Alliance wins its first contract worth over £100,000: to sample coal stocks at nine power station sites using a hollow stem auger system.

 

2011
NORWAY CONTRACT
A van and roller during the first overseas contract won and delivered in Norway

The first overseas contract won and delivered in Norway – ground investigations for new distribution centres. The business’s first dynamic sampling rig was taken by van, via ferry to Denmark, then driven through Denmark and via a second ferry to Oslo.

2012
FIRST ROTARY RIG ACQUIRED
Central Alliance working at a power station with a rotary drilling rig.

The business acquires its first rotary rig, a new Massenza Mi5. The rig was sourced and acquired in less than a week to deliver an urgent contract when a hired rig became unavailable.

2014
SURVEY DEPARTMENT ESTABLISHED
Central Alliance surveying a landslip on a railway.

Central Alliance diversifies by establishing a survey and geomatics team to complement the ground investigation department and provide a fuller pre-construction service offering. The business embarked on a period of rapid growth.

2015
NEW OFFICE
Central Alliance offices

Central Alliance relocates the head office to a larger office in Wakefield to accommodate the expanding business.

2015
EARLY ADOPTERS OF TECHNOLOGY
Central Alliance's first slope climbing rig

Central Alliance invests in unique slope climbing drilling rigs and the first mobile mapping system of its kind in the UK, pushing the business to the forefront of restricted access investigations and surveys.

2015
REACTIVE EMERGENCY WORKS
Central Alliance working on a railway beside an embankment which has had a landslip.

Central Alliance reacts to a large landslide at Harbury Cutting to rapidly acquire data for a failing cutting slope, delivering ground investigation, instrumentation and monitoring, aerial surveys, and dewatering. The business went on to become a restricted access and slope investigation specialist, later working on Eden Brows, Farnley Haugh, Loch Eilt and Stonehaven landslides and Lime Street Station's retaining wall collapse.

2016
APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES DEPARTMENT ESTABLISHED
Central Alliance conducting a non intrusive continuous surface wave testing on a construction site.

Central Alliance establish the Applied Technologies department with the purpose of undertaking research and development and introducing new survey and investigation techniques in to the business.

2017
FIRST MAJOR HIGHWAYS PROJECT

Central Alliance wins the first major highways ground investigation project, worth over £1million, on the A1.

2018
CENTRAL ALLIANCE JOINS RSK

Leading environmental and engineering services company RSK Group Ltd announces that it has acquired Central Alliance.

2018
MUON TOMOGRAPHY
Central Alliance and Geoptic conducting muon surveys in a railway tunnel.

After reading a BBC article on the discovery of a previously unknown chamber in the Great Pyramid, Egypt, the Central Alliance Applied Technologies team researched and then introduced the same technique for infrastructure applications by collaborating with a university consortium, successfully completing a proof of concept trial at Alfreton Old Tunnel, searching for hidden former construction shafts in the disused railway tunnel.

2018
GROUND ENGINEERING WIN

Central Alliance wins the coveted Ground Investigation Specialist of the Year award at the tenth anniversary Ground Engineering Awards.

2019
NEW CIVIL ENGINEER TECHFEST AWARD

Central Alliance jointly wins the Team of the Year award with ASTERRA and National Highways at the New Civil Engineer Techfest Awards, for an innovative remote sensing project.

2019
NETWORK RAIL FRAMEWORK WIN
Aerial Image of railway tunnel next to cliffs and the sea.

Central Alliance team bids and wins the first framework direct for Network Rail on behalf of RSK Environment  – the Wales and Western Survey Services Framework.

2021
HELICOPTER POD

Central Alliance invest in a bespoke helicopter pod to expand aerial survey services. The first project for the pod was a coastline LiDAR survey between Whitby and Skinningrove.

2021
100 STRONG TEAM

Central Alliance reaches 100 employees, comprising a diverse and strong team of engineers, drillers, technicians, scientists, industry experts and support teams.

2021
CENTRAL ALLIANCE ACQUIRES ELECTROKINETIC

Following a long standing relationship between the businesses, Central Alliance acquires specialist geotechnical consultancy Electrokinetic Limited, bringing innovative slope stabilisation and electrokinetic de-watering in to the business.

2021
CENTRAL ALLIANCE BOOSTS RIG FLEET
Central Alliance remotely directs Cone Penetration Rig onto a new position.

Central Alliance invests in specialist drilling rigs taking an exciting delivery of two new specialist ground investigation rigs and a support unit. The new specialist plant includes a tracked 200kN Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) rig and a multi-purpose slope climbing rig, together with a slope climbing support unit.

2021
CENTRAL ALLIANCE AWARDED WESTERN MONITORING CONTRACT
Central Alliance installing Twist and Cant track movement sensors and remote gateway on a railway.

Central Alliance is awarded the Western monitoring contract for Network Rail, managing all new and existing geotechnical instrumentation in the Western region.is

2022
HIDDEN SHAFTS MUON TOMOGRAPHY INVESTIGATIONS
Central Alliance and Geoptic using muon detectors in a railway tunnel to look for hidden shafts.

Central Alliance and Geoptic Infrastructure Investigations complete a series of muon tomography investigations of nine railway tunnels in the Wales and Western region. The technique offers significant health and safety, sustainability and data quality benefits over more traditional investigation techniques such as intrusive drilling.

2022
REMOTE AUSTRALIA PROJECT

Central Alliance completes a slope stability appraisal for a highway In New South Wales, Australia combining data sets including satellite remote sensing data and undertaking GIS analysis. This was delivered entirely remotely from our head office in Wakefield.

2023
ELECTROKINETIC SLOPE STABILISATION TRIAL USING OBSERVATIONAL METHOD
Central Alliance slope climbing rigs drilling angled boreholes into a railway embankment.

Central Alliance delivers a long awaited slope stabilisation trial for Network Rail stabilising a railway embankment using Electrokinetic geosynthetics. The anodes and cathodes were installed using Central Alliances’s slope climbing rigs, leaving mature trees in place.

2023
AUSTRALIA MINING PROJECT
Electrokinetic doing a walkout at a Rio Tinto mine

Central Alliance expand in to the mining sector undertaking a second project in Australia. This proof of concept trial involves the de-watering and stabilisation of tailings storage facilities using Electrokinetic geosynthetics.

2023
SIGHT AUTOMATION
Sight Automation logo

Central Alliance establishes a new instrumentation brand, Sight Automation, to provide geotechnical, environmental and structural remote monitoring, offering more sustainable monitoring solutions to its clients.