Ground Engineering | BAM Ritchies


BAM Ritchies is the ground engineering division of BAM Nuttall. We provide fully integrated services for a wide range of customers – both public and private sector, from small local projects to national critical infrastructure.

We were named Contractor of the Year at the Ground Engineering awards 2021, and with over 60 years, we’ve built a reputation as the go-to ground engineering team for complex problem solving and best-value, sustainable delivery – with no surprises.

Whether we’re testing earthwork or blasting rock, we use industry-leading digital construction methods to stage digital rehearsals. So you’ll know exactly what to expect from your project, and we’ll get it right first time.

We’ve been involved in a variety of projects including the 2012 Olympics, Crossrail, Hinkley point C, HS2, V&A Museum, Thames Tideway and many more.


Drill and Blast

As the UK’s largest drill and blast contractor, we’re responsible for over 40% of the UK’s contracts. Proven expertise in quarries, borrow pit creation, pyrotechnics, underwater blasting and civil blasting.

Complex Piling

We deliver challenging piling, from access restricted work to rock socketed piles. Using a strict early engagement approach, we ensure you get the best-value outcome – however challenging the work.

Material Testing

From earth embankments to nuclear power stations we have flexible UKAS accreditation to run laboratories anytime and anywhere in the country. Providing material insight and 100% validation.

Grouting Operations

We take the guess work out of grouting with a digital-first approach. Proven success in contracts of all scales, from old mine treatment and compaction grouting, to specialist high penetration work.

Ground Investigation

As one of the UK’s largest ground investigation contractors, we’ve developed a digital data collection system to streamline our work. Our method gives you faster, clearer, more accurate results.

Concrete Repairs

We provide a fully integrated service for surface and underground projects, both robotic and hand controlled. We have extensive experience in sprayed concrete, wet or dry solutions and structural grouting.

Ground Anchors

As an award-winning ground anchor contractor, we engineer temporary and permanent anchoring solutions. We tie back retaining walls, strengthen foundations, stabilise slopes – and so much more.

Soil Nails & Catch Fences

We design and construct solutions to stabilise soil slopes, rock slopes and embankments. Working on both new and existing slopes, we create soil nails and catch fences that stand the test of time.

Instrumentation and Monitoring

We plan, install, record, process and report. Providing lifecycle assurance to safeguard your assets at every step. Providing you real time data to inform your decisions and your plans.



We build it before we build it.

From preconstruction to delivery, we use forward-thinking digital tools that minimise risk and help us collaborate more successfully, with you and the community. Digital is built in - it helps us deliver safe, predictable projects every time.


Together, we achieve more.

The moving scale and complexity of ground engineering work relies on seamless teamwork. Whether we’re communicating internally, with customers, or with the communities we serve, we work in open collaboration – always.


Engineered for the future.

We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and our aim is to have a net positive impact on the climate. We invest in energy-efficient plant, materials and construction processes. We also up-skill the companies we work with to instill sustainability throughout the supply chain.


One team, 8 specialisms.

We harness talent from eight ground engineering disciplines for a fully integrated team. A team where everyone gets ongoing development opportunities, throughout their career. Because the better they are, the better we are.


With 60 years’ experience in ground engineering, we know how to succeed in the most regulated environments. We’re proud to uphold accreditation standards in a wide range of ground engineering disciplines.

Above all, our people are our biggest asset. That’s why we offer ongoing personal development for the whole team. So we can collaborate at all levels to deliver the BAM Ritchies service you expect.

Click here to view our accreditations.

British Drilling Association

British Drilling Association

British Geotechnical Association

British Geotechnical Association

Federation of Piling Specialists

Federation of Piling Specialists

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Member

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Member

Register of Ground Engineering Professionals Staff

Register of Ground Engineering Professionals Staff

Association of Geotechnical and Geoenviromental Specialists

Association of Geotechnical and Geoenviromental Specialists

The Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3)

The Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3)

BAM is Accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (IOM3) on behalf of the Engineering Council. We encourage all our employees with an interest in ground engineering to seek registration through the IOM3.


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Ground Engineering Head Office

Glasgow Road



G65 9BL

Tel: 01236 467000