Unforeseen effects of climate change on ground stability

When buying a house, most purchasers view the transaction as a long-term commitment and investment. In the excitement of buying my first home, I was more interested with the decor and layout of the property than what was below the surface. However, the recent changeable weather patterns have made me reflect…

The slippery truth about landslides

The recent heatwave, and subsequent thunderstorms have taken it’s toll. Flooding and landslides have been prevalent in the news lately with disruption across the UK and Europe; freak hailstorms and landslides affected the Tour de France last weekend and flooding has closed roads and damaged bridges overnight in Yorkshire…

When it rains it falls... wet weather causes ground instability across UK

The recent severe weather has the UK on course for what could be the wettest June on record. Torrential and persistent rain has been falling across the British Isles, with some villages experiencing 73mm of rainfall in a 28-hour period. This has resulted in The Environment Agency issuing 25 flood warnings…

Coal and Brine - Take it with a pinch of salt

The UK has a vast coal mining legacy, with 385,000 buildings within 20m of a mine entry and nearly one in three properties falling into a coal mining reporting zone. A CON29M is required to be carried out on all property transactions that fall within a coal mining reporting zone, and until June…

Innovation in Cornish Property Risk Assessment

Cornish mining expert, Cornwall Consultants and national mining and ground report specialist, Terrafirma, have announced a collaboration that sees the launch of a new Ground Report combining leading digital mapping and data analysis with ‘on-the-ground’ experience…

The Impact of Coal Mining

Explore the legacy the UK's once great coal mining industry has left on property and land in Terrafirma's new Infographic. With almost a third of all buildings in the UK underlain by coal mines, over 9000 recorded hazards and a new mining subsidence claim made every week of the year…

Introducing: The Ground Report

Terrafirma, an expert provider of environmental information and data intelligence, today launched the Ground Report, a risk and liabilities report designed to enable property professionals to better identify, manage and resolve ground and environmental hazards…

Terrafirma becomes first commercial organisation licensed by The Law Society to produce official CON29M Report

Terrafirma becomes first commercial organisation licensed by The Law Society to produce official CON29M Report

Terrafirma, an expert provider of environmental information and data intelligence, has become the first commercial organisation to be licensed by The Law Society as a ‘Report Producer’ of the official CON29M Report, a mandatory requirement for property and land purchase in coal mining areas. The Terrafirma CON29M Report offers property and legal professionals a level of interpretation, risk transfer and client protection not previously available and contains an expert professional opinion that is backed by comprehensive terms and conditions, with all liability for the outcomes of the report passing to Terrafirma, protecting the client, lender and solicitor.

Visit the dedicated website: www.terrafirmacon29m.co.uk for more information. 

Shaft swallows car park in St. Ives, Cornwall

Late on Saturday 28th April, a 40ft deep and 3ft wide hole opened in a car park in Garth-An-Creet, St. Ives, Cornwall. Local emergency services were called to assess the scene and undertake work to prevent the hole from widening and affecting nearby properties. Subsequent investigation by Terrafirma concludes the hole was created by the collapse of a disused mine shaft.

Merthyr Tydfil Sinkhole Opens Up on New Build Development

A sinkhole reported on 02/04/18 has appeared in Merthyr Tydfil within a new build site, Cwrt Aneurin Bevan. The sinkhole which is reportedly 20 ft (6m) deep has resulted in local residents losing access to their new homes.