Lucion Steps up Growth with Acquisition and Investment in Testing Lab


Fast-growing Lucion Services, the leading environmental services company, has announced the strategic acquisition of Landform Surveys Ltd, an established topographical surveying firm in the North East.

Landform Surveys, which is based in Gateshead, where Lucion is headquartered, brings a skilled team and a range of highly complementary services to the group.

Working across a variety of sectors in the built environment, Landform Surveys was founded in 1994 and offers a range of surveying services including, topographic surveys, quarry and landfill site surveys, measured building surveys, utility & subterranean surveys, bathymetric surveys and volumetric stockpile surveys.

Led by founder and Managing Director Eric Hinds, the company will be integrated into Lucion Services’ testing and inspection unit.

Eric, who will remain with the business as Topographical Services Director, said: “Landform Surveys Ltd has an established reputation of delivering trusted topographical  surveying services throughout the UK. We are proud of the status that Landform Surveys has attained over the 28 years and our excellent relationships with our clients, not in small part due to the enthusiasm, commitment, professionalism and expertise that our staff possess.

“When I was first approached by Lucion for the acquisition, it was clear that our service offering and client base would be at home within the group. We are excited to be joining a strong, well established technical business, based so close to home.”

Eric and his management team will continue to run Landform Surveys Ltd, with support from the Lucion Services Senior Leadership Team and Adam Mead, Managing Director of Testing and Inspection at Lucion Services.

Adam said: “We are delighted to bring the Landform Surveys team into the group. They are experts in their field and offer dynamic delivery to their clients and we can’t wait to start working with them.

“As a close neighbour of ours in the North East, Landform is well-regarded in the market place for its excellent track record of investment in the latest technology, including robotic total stations and 3D laser scanners, and of course a strong commitment to client service, values which perfectly mirror our own.

Alongside the acquisition, its second of 2022, Lucion Group is investing around £600,000 in expanding its testing laboratory in Gateshead, an investment which will create up to 15 new jobs this year.

The Group, which has clients across the UK and a network of 25 regional offices, will now employs around 100 people in Gateshead at the Team Valley Trading Estate.

Reflecting its strong recent growth following our investment in 2019, Lucion has ramped-up the size and capabilities of its testing services at its laboratory.

The UKAS ISO 17025 accredited laboratory  which is powered by renewable energy, including an air source heat pump, and solar PV panel, offers independent sampling, testing and analysis combined with quality reassurance to meet clients’ needs.

The additional investment means it is now capable of analysing the vast majority of organic and inorganic analytes across a range of industries (ranging from environmental, food to

pharmaceutical). This flexibility allows Lucion to offer bespoke analysis and expand into new or existing markets at short notice.

Phil Rozier, Chief Executive Officer of Lucion Group said: “As a business we are passionately committed to protecting people and the planet and this latest acquisition alongside a significant investment in our laboratory service will help us better deliver on this mission.

“We are therefore always pleased to bring new talent into the business and to be creating skilled jobs in Gateshead, where Lucion has its roots.

“We’ve had a really busy start to 2022 as we continue to scale the business in line with our strategic growth plan and look forward to making further progress this year with strong organic growth delivered alongside further strategic acquisitions.”

It’s great to see Lucion continuing to deliver its mission of protecting people and the planet, creating jobs and adding new value-enhancing services to its client offering.

We look forward to supporting its strong organic growth this year with further strategic acquisitions.

James Winterbottom

Senior Investment Director at Palatine Private Equity