Geobond (UK) Ltd designs and installs all types of piles to provide foundations and retaining walls to properties, roads and railways within London and the home counties. Clients range from large property development companies and contractors to private individuals.
With 10 office staff in Farnborough and Hemel Hempstead, and 32 site staff, the company has been trading since 1994. Managing director David Greentree explains: "We specialise in piling in difficult-to-access areas and have piling rigs that can fit through the front door of a house."
As part of the Geobond’s expansion plan, the company has just ordered two piling rigs from Italy that are being manufactured to their specification.
"Our site staff, some of whom have been with us for 15 years, are all directly employed," says David. "They are all experienced in working in domestic properties, constantly achieving the highest standards of quality, tidiness and safety."
No project too small… or big
The size and scope of projects varies widely, with current projects ranging from the provision of 38m-deep, 1.2m diameter piles for a hotel next to the Excel Centre, to piles and ground beams for a small rear extension in Guildford.
"We recently installed piles in a mews house behind Harrods to form a three-storey deep basement to provide the owner with a swimming pool and home cinema complex."
Heading into the cloud
Shipleys is currently helping the company to move to online accounting using Xero, an online accounting software provider. David explains that they are making the switch to enable the company to concentrate on business development.
"In addition to dealing with day-to-day accountancy and payroll Shipleys provides detailed management information ensuring that we are constantly aware of what is happening financially within the company."
"Shipleys offers good customer support promptly and efficiently and I have found all their staff to be very knowledgeable and helpful. Steve Foster has been very supportive over the years and offered invaluable advice and guidance with planning and strategy."