Expanded Geotechnical offers foundation solutions expertise across the UK. We have a rich history of geotechnical experience and knowledge. We provide expertise in a range of piling techniques using the very latest rigs and technology. Our fleet is one of the youngest in the country, and includes Tier 4 engines, with market leading emissions performance.
We also offer a highly skilled temporary works department, materials technology centres in Manchester and London, geotechnical design, land surveying specialist teams, reinforcement detailing. We use the latest digital technologies to implement a state of the art digital build before any manufacture or construction commences to ensure absolute certainty during project delivery.
Appointed to lead Expanded’s concrete structures and geotechnical business, Peter has almost 20 years expertise, during which he has acquired an extremely broad skillset gained on a range of large scale projects such as Crossrail, London’s Leadenhall Building and most recently on Newfoundland, an iconic residential scheme on the Canary Wharf skyline.
As a qualified Civil Engineer, known for his ability to rise to complex challenges, he leads teams that focus on both learning, and delivering, efficient and innovative solutions. Known to empower and nurture talent, he fosters a culture on projects where a broad range of skills and competencies are shared, from steel frame, top-down construction, cofferdam construction and the delivery of Design for Manufacture and Assemble (DfMA) solutions in various sectors.
John Chick joined Expanded as Business Leader Geotechnical in 2015 with over 30 years’ experience in piling and ground engineering. John’s experience encompasses all bored and driven piling techniques plus marine piling, dockyard and flood defence engineering. Early in his career John was one of the first UK exponents of pile integrity testing, dynamic load testing and finite element analysis. He was a contributor to and reviewer of the CIRIA report on Pile integrity testing. This work has resulted in a lifelong interest in the many and various factors instrumental in the safe, successful construction of foundation piles. Johns background is in design and operations and after completing a MSc in Construction Management developed a major interest in business behaviours and team leadership. The development and growth of team members is fundamental to maintaining a sustainable business, which is effective for clients and engaging for the team members themselves. John has introduced a number of piling innovations throughout his career and led the delivery of projects valued from a few thousand to several million pounds. Always keen to meet customers John is available for early discussions as well as throughout projects and is always keen to hear feedback on our performance.
Matt currently leads the Expanded Geotechnical operations team nationally, overseeing all piling and ground engineering contracts, with full responsibility for project delivery. Matt ensures consistency in approach across the country and facilitates the support of the sites by our in-house teams ranging from procurement and quality assurance to administration and temporary works.
Matt joined the business in 2013 as Southern Area Operations Manager. With over 20 years’ experience in the foundations industry, Matt has a proven ability to run multiple contracts, delivering them safely, to a high standard and within budget.
Matt has directly overseen contracts involving many different piling techniques, including mini piling, large-diameter continuous flight auger (CFA), large-diameter rotary – with and without support fluid – and rotary cased secant, CFA secant and diaphragm walls.
Matt takes extreme pride in the dedication and calibre of the people that form his team. He has developed the operations
David joined Expanded Piling’s estimating team in January 2004, to provide proactive support during pre-construction stages of project development for prospective clients and stakeholders in the southern UK.
In parallel with the growth of the business unit since 2004, David’s role in Expanded Geotechnical widened to include management of a dedicated and enthusiastic work-winning team. David has been instrumental in the successful award of many prestigious foundation projects.
Working within the UK piling industry for almost 3 decades, David’s pragmatic and candid approach to problem-solving has been influential in developing and communicating, advanced and cost-effective foundation solutions. His collaborative and methodical style ensures the team’s knowledge and experience are brought together to develop effective foundation proposals.
Since joining Laing O’Rourke in 2005, Hannah has progressed from Quantity Surveyor to Commercial Leader and has experience in the successful commercial delivery of schemes across various sectors, from tender stage through to completion. With roles held in both the Laing O’Rourke Construction and Expanded Geotechnical businesses, Hannah has experience as both Main Contractor and Subcontractor, with expertise in risk management, change management, cost management and negotiation of contracts.
A highly motivated individual with over 20 years geotechnical design experience and a proven track record in delivering ground engineering solutions at all levels. Dr Toby Hayward joined our Expanded business in 2005. He manages the design team at Expanded Geotechnical and leads the geotechnical research and development. He is also a member of the FPS technical committee. He has extensive experience in geotechnical engineering with particular emphasis on the design and analysis bored piling systems and embedded retaining walls. He is experienced in the design of deep basements, bearing piles, ground anchors, slope stability analysis and general geotechnical processes. His experience gained on ground engineering projects has provided him with an in depth understanding of geotechnical, structural and soil- structure interaction problems and an ability to provide various solutions to UK ground engineering problems. He also actively supports the development of younger engineers through our graduate development programme.