One of the more interesting companies formed by our MD back in the 1980’s, was Tecnitas (UK) Limited.
In the mid 80’s he had joined the International Certification Organisation Bureau Veritas S.A., which at the time offered onshore and offshore industrial and marine inspection services, certification and a range of allied surveys.
At this time, Bureau Veritas SA had no environmental scientists, or subsidiaries so our MD suggested to the Group that if he could find fee-paying work in the environmental sector, this could be carried out within the Group, and he would get himself a job.
He did; and early high profile headline projects with the UK Geothermal site at Rosmanowes Quarry in Cornwall, better known as the “Hot Dry Rocks Project” established the fledgling business with its environmental sensitivity mapping skills, all doe by hand then, there was no GIS to fall back on.
The success of the business, both in the UK and overseas led to him setting up a purpose-built business under the aegis of the consultancy arm of Bureau Veritas, called Tecnitas SA, based at the time in La Défense, Paris. This new subsidiary was called Tecnitas (UK) and located in London Bridge, London.
The Company quickly grew on the back of the new Environmental Impact Assessment regulations, and carried ot a number of major projects over the years. The best know of these were pipeline EIA’s, and major surveys and planning statements were prepared for the 238 km long UK ‘Finaline’, a high pressure white oil products line running between the Lindsey Oil refinery in Humberside and the later notorious Buncefield Terminal near Hemel Hempstead, as was as the aviation kerosene line to Manchester International Airport.