Lucion extends topographical service offering in the North East through strategic acquisition of Landform Surveys Ltd

8 March 2022

We are pleased to announce that Lucion Services has reached another significant growth milestone through our latest strategic acquisition of Landform Surveys Ltd, an established topographical surveying firm in the North East. 

Who are Landform Surveys Ltd?

Founded in 1994, Landform Surveys, which is based in Gateshead, where Lucion Services is headquartered, brings a skilled team and a range of highly complementary services to the group.

Working across a variety of sectors in the built environment, offering a range of surveying services including, topographic surveys, quarry and landfill site surveys, measured building surveys, utility & subterranean surveys, bathymetric surveys and volumetric stockpile surveys.

As a specialist in the topographical and building surveying industry, Landform Surveys also offer Building Information Modelling (BIM) surveys (also known as Revit Surveys) through capturing point cloud data through their laser scanners.

The Landform Surveys team have worked with a wide range of clients from multiple sectors including; National Grid, Capita, Northumberland County Council, Lidl UK, and have worked on projects at the Royal Palace gardens, Alnwick Castle and the New Washington Colliery ‘F-Pit’.

Led by founder and Managing Director Eric Hinds, the company will be integrated into Lucion Services’ testing and inspection unit. 

Eric, who will remain with the business as Topographical Services Director, said:

“Landform Surveys Ltd has an established reputation of delivering trusted topographical  surveying services throughout the UK. We are proud of the status that Landform Surveys has attained over the 28 years and our excellent relationships with our clients, not in small part due to the enthusiasm, commitment, professionalism and expertise that our staff possess.

When I was first approached by Lucion for the acquisition, it was clear that our service offering and client base would be at home within the group. We are excited to be joining a strong, well established technical business, based so close to home.”

Eric and his management team will continue to run Landform Surveys Ltd, with support from the Lucion Services Senior Leadership Team and Adam Mead, Managing Director of Testing and Inspection at Lucion Services.

Adam said:

“We are delighted to bring the Landform Surveys team into the group. They are experts in their field and offer dynamic delivery to their clients and we can’t wait to start working with them.

As a close neighbour of ours in the North East, Landform is well-regarded in the marketplace for its excellent track record of investment in the latest technology, including robotic total stations and 3D laser scanners, and of course a strong commitment to client service, values which perfectly mirror our own.”


What does this mean for Lucion Services?

The strategic acquisition of Landform Surveys Ltd, which strengthens Lucion’s capabilities in multiple sectors whilst expanding its Northern presence, will see skilled members of the Landform Surveys team joining Lucion, enabling us to collectively provide our clients with a suite of comprehensive, value-adding, topographical services.

As our expansion strategy develops, with backing and support from our investors Palatine PE, we are continuing to ramp-up the size and capabilities of our testing services at our laboratory.


Operational Expansion and Investment

Our Gateshead based UKAS ISO 17025 accredited laboratory,  which is powered by renewable energy, including an air source heat pump, and solar PV panel, offers independent sampling, testing and analysis combined with quality reassurance to meet clients’ needs.

This year, we have invested over £600,000 in expanding our testing laboratory in Gateshead, creating up to 15 new jobs in our team lab team. Currently we employ around 100 people at our lab and offices in the Team Valley Trading Estate. 

The additional investment means it is now capable of analysing the vast majority of organic and inorganic analytes across a range of industries (ranging from environmental, food to 

pharmaceutical). This flexibility allows our Lucion Services team to offer bespoke analysis and expand into new or existing markets at short notice.

Ross Boulton, Chief Technical Officer of the Lucion Group said: 

“Named as ‘Best Risk Management and Environmental Services Firm 2022 - UK’ by Acquisition International, I am proud to onboard the specialist team at Landform Surveys as part of our community. Our team is committed to our mission of protecting people and the planet and this latest acquisition alongside significant investment in our laboratory services will help us deliver on this mission.

We’ve had a busy start to 2022 with no signs of slowing down. The acquisition of Landform Surveys Ltd directly contributes towards our strategic growth plan. Over the past 20 years, Lucion has built a strong reputation as a trusted Environmental Services provider. Our journey has seen us go from strength to strength, and with the support from our investors at Palatine PE, we will continue on our growth trajectory with both organic growth and further strategic acquisitions.”

About the Lucion Group

We are a purpose-driven organisation dedicated to protecting people and the planet.
Consisting of several environmental services companies, we provide a comprehensive suite of value-added environmental, health and safety risk management and consultancy services.
With deep sector experience and a close focus on the needs of customers, the Group has grown significantly in the last three years, backed by our investors Palatine, the UK mid-market private equity investor focused on delivering returns through sustainable growth. 


Our Companies

The Group comprises Lucion Services a market-leading provider of hazardous materials management services, Delta-Simons, an established multi-disciplinary environmental and health and safety consultancy providing trusted advice and solutions for sustainable development, and Aberdeen Radiation Protection Services, a specialist provider of comprehensive and cost-effective radiation protection services to a wide range of internationally operating industrial and non-industrial companies.

With a nationwide presence, and a global footprint through its membership of the Inogen Alliance, Lucion Group has more than 550 employees operating across more than 20 specialist sectors including Utilities, Real Estate, Nuclear, Technology, Marine and Development.


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