GRS acquires stabilisation specialists Soil Science


Construction materials group GRS has acquired startup ground stabilisation and enabling works contractor Soil Science Limited in a multi-million-pound deal. 

GRS Chief Executive Jon Fisher with Soil Science Founder Bill Hinge.

The bolt-on acquisition will complement GRS’s portfolio of contracting services, including enabling works, earthworks, civil engineering and land remediation.  

With turnover of more than £6 million, Berkshire-headquartered Soil Science is also pioneering Sureground™, a low carbon, zero waste and reversible inert soil treatment for temporary construction works. 

“It has up to 70 per cent lower carbon impact, results in zero waste and can slash works programme times by as much as half,” said GRS. 

Since launching in 2020, Sureground™ has grown its workforce to 25 people involved with infrastructure schemes for National Grid, Network Rail and Tier One contractors.  

Jon Fisher, GRS chief executive, said: “Soil Science is a dynamic business that’s disrupting the soil stabilisation sector with a proven and cost-effective turnkey solution. We’re hugely impressed by Sureground™ as a more sustainable alternative to traditional techniques for stabilising ground. Soil Science fits well with other activities in our Integrated Solutions division and we’re excited about growing this business together.” 

Bill Hinge, founder of Soil Science, added: “We are delighted to be joining the GRS Group. The deal gives us financial stability and gives Sureground™ great credibility in our sector.” 

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