Commercial and Retail

Innovative Ground Solutions for Commercial and Retail Developments

The commercial and retail development sectors have experienced unprecedented growth during the last two decades.  Economic fluctuations have given rise to variations in recent demand. Changing commercial working patterns and customer requirements, together with the increasing need to achieve sustainable targets, has led to this market being re-focussed on developing sites that will give a higher overall return to the client, in both financial terms and corporate responsibility.   


CGL has an established record of assisting clients in the design and successful construction of commercial and retail developments.  We apply our full range of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering skills to provide complete, and often unique, solutions that meet client requirements and expectations. We have worked either directly or indirectly for major commercial retailers and UK developers such as supermarket chains, stores, hotels, and commercial developers seeking advice on basement structures, multi-storey structures and foundations.


Our involvement ranges from initial due diligence and feasibility studies to identify liabilities and development constraints, through to investigation, design and construction supervision. Sites for commercial and retail development may have historic contamination or are sited on marginal land with issues that need to be addressed for both safe development and to maximise asset values and here CGL’s experience in brownfield land development allows a holistic ground solution for the client.


CGL’s expertise in risk assessment and negotiation with the regulators is often used to promote practical and environmentally robust solutions that provide confidence to all parties from their various commercial, technical and regulatory perspectives. Similarly, our understanding of ground engineering and our use of complex technical analysis, where appropriate, can often lead to developments providing greater returns on investment.

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