We offer site investigation contracting with factual reporting, cross consultancy services.

Geotechnical  Consultancy

Geotechnical Consultancy

Geotechnical risk is one of the main considerations developers and engineers need to manage in order to deliver a successful project.

In-situ Testing  Earthworks

In-situ Testing Earthworks

Working closely with the laboratory and the consultancy teams, we specialise in working with contractors delivering the placement of engineered fill.

Laboratory  Testing

Laboratory Testing

Our modern testing facilities paired with qualified and experienced staff enables our clients to choose independent testing services, or testing as part of the overall site investigation package.

Contaminated Land

Contaminated Land

Our investigations range from Phase 1 reports, developing the conceptual site model to detailed quantitative risk assessments.



South West Geotechnical Ltd works within a wide variety of sectors.Clicking here will take you to case studies, by sector type, that demonstrate our capabilities and innovative approach.



Sidmouth, Devon

Sidmouth Beach Management Scheme​

  • Factual Geotechnical Assessment


SWG were instructed by East Devon District Council to complete a geotechnical assessment as part of the Sidmouth Beach Management Scheme. This phase of the scheme involves the siting of new rock groynes and the modification of existing rock groynes and sea wall.


The purpose of this work is to encourage sediment recharge on East Beach, in order to help protect the notoriously unstable cliffs along this stretch of coastline. It is hoped that recharging beach sediment will help slow the retreat of this cliff line, saving the gardens of the properties that lie above.


The investigation comprised a series of trial pits along East Beach, adjacent to the existing sea wall and the existing Port Royal rock groyne. These pits were required understand the strength, thickness and characteristics of the rapidly changing marine sediments overlying the mudstone and sandstone bedrock below.


As vehicular access to the beach was limited to a two hour tidal window each day, organisation and precision was critical to completing the investigation on time.


Related laboratory testing was then completed by SWG’s in-house UKAS accredited geotechnical laboratory on sub-samples extracted from the trial pits.


A factual report was then passed on to the Client, which enabled detailed design work to be carried out.


A feature on local news website Devon Live outlines the plans, here:





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