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  • Company highly commended at Ground Engineering Awards

    Henry James

    A SKELMERSDALE-based geotechnical engineering company which has only been in business for just over three three years has been recognised at a prestigious national industry awards scheme.

    MacGeo Ltd , in Gillbrands Road, was highly commended at the Ground Engineering Awards 2019.

    The company was one of a select few singled out as a finalist in the Equipment Innovation category for their MacLab mobile logging and testing facility.

    Competition was strong with other finalists including notable organisations such as Bachy Soletanche, Cambridge University and Transport for London.

    And despite not winning on the night, MacGeo was formally recognised by receiving Highly Commended status for their category.

    The judges selected MacGeo’s entry as “ a very close runner-up” for its potential to “drive up the quality of ground investigation data by drawing from best practice elsewhere”.

    The MacLab was developed in with the intention of increasing efficiency and improving the quality of sample processing on site, by creating a comfortable, safe, mobile facility with an internal layout that focuses entirely on sample processing quality and sample production efficiency.

    MacGeo was established in 2015 by managing director, Paul McHugh, who studied Physical Geography at Liverpool John Moores University.

    And in just over three years of trading the company has grown from strength to strength, with teams working on projects throughout the country providing a range of geotechnical engineering services.

    The company has been responsible for managing a number of key signature projects including the proposed Silvertown Tunnel beneath the River Thames, linking Greenwich Peninsula and Silvertown and HS2 Align, the largest ground investigation project in the UK.

    Paul McHugh said: “I couldn’t be happier. This is a fantastic achievement for the company, myself and the team.

    “The whole process has been amazing and it didn’t stop at just being shortlisted. We had to travel to London to present to a panel of judges, which included a virtual tour of the MacLab and a question-and-answer session.

    “We have only been in business a little over three years, but it goes to show that embracing innovation and finding ways to do things better can make companies such as ours stand out in the field.

    “Just being a finalist meant that our company was shown alongside some of the biggest names in the industry. To have that extra level of formal recognition in a room of around 1,000 key industry figures is a serious amount of exposure for our business and I couldn’t be more proud.”

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