Pre Purchase Site Assessment

pre-purchase-site-assessmentAll our Pre Purchase Site Assessment reports are prepared by Engineers who understand the development process and are experienced at identifying potential liability or other possible issues that may affect development at an early stage.

Our reports provide a brief account of ground conditions, possible ground engineering or stability problems which may be encountered and likely foundation through to drainage and pavement design options based on a visual assessment of ground conditions.  It is not a fully comprehensive site investigation report and it is anticipated that further site investigation work including geotechnical and chemical laboratory testing will be carried out following purchase.

We offer two levels of report for residential or commercial land or property.

  • Preliminary Site Assessment – includes a Phase 1 Desk Study and is based on site observations and limited Site Investigation testing. It does not include any laboratory testing. The report is issued within a few days of site work and therefore is particularly useful as an initial, rapid, low cost check.
  • Extended Site Assessment – also includes a Phase 1 Desk Study, limited Site Investigation testing together with the results of limited geotechnical and / or chemical laboratory soil testing. An interim report is issued within a few days of site work, then revised and reissued on receipt of all soil testing results, usually after a further 10 to 15 working days.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about our services or would like to discuss how we could help you, please get in touch using our contact form below. Please provide as much information as possible about the nature of your enquiry, particularly the purpose of the investigation, the site address and postcode.

Any existing or proposed site plans are useful and can be attached beneath the message box. Please provide a contact address, email and telephone number. We will get in touch as soon as possible.


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Southern Testing are continuing to work through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, including carrying out site work where it is safe to do so.

The Government have given express support to the Construction sector and have issued specific guidance for working on site. The Construction Leadership Council have also issued guidance.

We have revised our travelling and working practices to ensure that our staff are protected, and to meet the particular requirements of the guidance as well as our own risk assessments. The guidance and our working practices are under constant review.

Most site investigation work can be undertaken safely under the current restrictions.

We are committed to helping all our clients, old and new, during this difficult time. Should you have any site investigation requirements, or wish to discuss a particular project, please do not hesitate to contact us.