Site investigation specialist Dunelm Geotechnical and Environmental Ltd has increased turnover by 16% over the last 12 months and landed a shortlisting for a major national industry award.
The County Durham-based firm has secured a number of larger contracts during the period and is now set to compete for the title of Ground Investigation Specialist of the Year at the National Ground Engineering Awards in summer.
The honour recognises innovation in site investigation, surveying and monitoring and Dunelm has been shortlisted on the basis of several projects including a survey of rock outcrop at Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island.
Dunelm produced an academic paper on the back of the work which was later the winning paper for the Cooling Prize Competition 2014.
Katherine Jones, a senior geotechnical engineer at the firm, authored the paper which was presented internationally at various industry conferences.
The firm also featured in the shortlist for its work on a large landslip which required the drilling of 34 boreholes, and for a project on behalf of a charity that wished to develop landed currently rented out for agricultural purposes.
Ann Izatt-Lowry, director at Dunelm: “We are absolutely delighted to be a finalist in the GE awards for Ground Investigation Specialist of the year which recognises our company’s commitment to the industry and our staff’s achievements over the recent past.
“At Dunelm we strive to be a leader within our area of expertise and being shortlisted for such a prestigious award not only celebrates our past but we are confident that it will enhance our future”.
The shortlisted companies presented face to face with a judging panel consisting of senior members of the industry earlier this month.
This year’s award ceremony will be held on June 10 at the London Hilton, Park Lane.
Dunelm specialises in a range of site investigation services, including materials testing, monitoring, remediation and deep cored boreholes.
The firm operates its own in-house geotechnical laboratory facility which it uses to test soils for engineering purposes.
Three years ago it secured funding from the European-backed Investment for Growth initiative which helped the firm to secure important ISO accreditations and win work around the UK.