Kemp Engineering
Chartered Land & Engineering Surveyors
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Kemp Engineering provides site engineering and setting out support to large and often prestigious civil projects across the South West.

Kemp Surveys provides land and measured building surveys to a range of clients including architects, engineers and private individuals.

Seeka Utility Surveys is our specialist division providing sub-surface utility tracing and mapping using the latest technology.

Ikea for Exeter
April 2017 -

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Ikea for Exeter

Work is now underway on the new Exeter Ikea store. Kemp are assisting muckshifters LPE Plant with the enabling works where, in addition to setting out and earthworks surveys/measures, our Project Surveyor, Dave Wallington, is also maintaining the machine control models. The store, which is adjacent the Rydon Lane housing development that Kemp set out previously for MJL Contractors, is due to open in the Autumn of 2018 with LPE making way for the groundworkers early this summer.

October 2016
Framework Success
Framework Success

Following a rigourous tender process, based on both quality and cost, Kemp have come out on top and been chosen as the surveyors of choice by Cornwall Council (Cormac). The framework contract to provide detailed topographic surveys will run for up to four years and again demonstrates that Kemp are at the forefront of the survey industry in the region. MD Scott Kemp said, "We are delighted with the award of this contract and are looking forward to working closely with the Cormac team"

May 2016
Training division delivers for students
Training division delivers for students

Benchmark, the new training services division at Kemp having recently completed a series of lectures for Plymouth City College have provided Exeter University’s MSc Survey students with a two day field course near St Agnes in Cornwall. The course, aimed at equipping the students with the field skills to carry out basic setting out for earthworks and residential developments, was a great success. MSc course director Neill Wood said “The students have really benefitted from some hands on experience under the guidance of the Kemp team. We will definitely be back next year”

February 2016
Precise monitoring of chimney
Precise monitoring of chimney

Redruth Brewery founded in 1742 and once home of the infamous Newquay Steam Beer is currently being transformed into the Cornish Archive Centre as well as providing workshops, houses and public space. Kemp in association with Morcom and Cormac assisted with engineering setting out of the enabling and infra structure works in 2015. TEC Construction are currently demolishing redundant structures whilst Kemp are providing precise weekkly monitoring of the historic elements of the site. A UAV drone was employed by Kemp to carry out a condition check of the central chimney structure.

November 2015
Controversial Park and Ride Opens
Controversial Park and Ride Opens

Truro’s Eastern Park and Ride was fully opened to the public in October. In addition to extensive earthworks, highway works included upgraded signals and a reconfiguration of alignments at Union Hill junction. Either end of the site completely new signalised junctions were constructed. With the heavy traffic flows main contractor Cormac and our site team had little choice but to program the bulk of this work at night.

The site based Kemp team provided all setting out, earthworks measurement and as built surveys during the 18 month project. GPS was employed extensively for the earthworks setting out whilst a UAV survey drone collected data for the earthworks modeling.

Construction on the site continues with Midas now well into the construction of the new Waitrose supermarket, a scheme which again Kemp have provided the initial setting out for along with as built checks on the steel frame.

 

August 2015
Exeter Office Opens
Exeter Office Opens

With the continuing demand for services offered by Kemp and Seeka the firm has opened a satellite office at Matford Business Centre in Exeter. Managing Director Scott Kemp said, “with our teams covering sites throughout the South West the new office gives us a base for processing and computing data that is closer to some of our clients and will help us to meet their demands more efficiently”. Head office at Redruth will continue to be the administrative centre with Exeter being a technical base for teams operating in that area.

May 2014
UAV Drone Surveys 5km of Earthworks
UAV Drone Surveys 5km of Earthworks

The A380 at Kingkerswell is finally being by-passed to the relief of local residents. The £80m scheme commenced in the summer of 2013 and is being constructed by a Galliford Try - SIAC Joint Venture. In April of this year Kemp were appointed by the JV contractors to review the earthworks quantities and carry out interim measures on the 750,000 Cu m muck shift. Original ground and design models have been constructed by Kemp for comparison. The 5km site was surveyed in a single day with a UAV (drone) in what is believed to be the first use of such techniques in the south west on a scheme of this size. The data collected was processed into a 3d model with photogrametric techniques. The resulting model was compared with the design and original models using complex prisms to establish accurate volumes to match the contractors mass haul schedule. The surveys are on going throughout the crucial second summer of the project which is due for completion in December 2015.

August 2013
Race victory rounds off 25th Year
Race victory rounds off 25th YearKemp Engineering and Surveying recently celebrated 25 years in business with a long-awaited win at the annual RNLI Dragon Boat Races. 13 teams from across Cornwall turned out to compete in a series of fast-paced heats that culminated in a four-boat final, from which Kemp’s ‘Survey Squad’ emerged victorious. After several years of mid-table finishes, the team were chuffed with their success, having clocked the fasted time of the day in the tournament. The win was a great addition to an already notable year for Kemp Engineering, who celebrated their 25th year in business in April. Founded by director Scott Kemp in 1988, the company has weathered five British Prime Ministers and plenty of economic uncertainty, and has flourished from its small beginnings into a leading provider of setting out solutions in the South West and beyond. Scott and all at Kemp Engineering look forward to the next 25 years and to the future of the firm, which hopefully holds at least one more victory at the Dragon Boat Racing…
February 2013
RAF commission utility survey
RAF commission utility survey

Seeka Utility Surveys have secured a contract from Debut to trace and map services over a 100 acre site. The utility team will employ a vast array of equipment including ground penetrating radar and CCTV to map an estimated 50 km of services and drains. The survey is due for completion in June 2013 when AutoCAD files tied into the OS National Grid and datum via GPS will be presented to the client along with PDF drawing files.

September 2012
Triathlon Victory
Triathlon Victory

The Human Race Festival of Sport attracted over 3,000 competitors from around the UK to Marazion for the unique weekend of mass participation sport, which included Triathlons, Open Water Swims, Sportives and Beach Runs, alongside a full programme of beach sports, entertainment and live music.

A significant number of teams entered into the Foot Anstey Corporate Triathlon Challenge with our team from Kemp & Seeka consisting of Andrew Staples (Swim), Chris Hewitt (Bike) and Richard Wherry (Run) taking first place in the sprint event.

Director Scott Kemp said, "Events such as these are a great fun day out as well as helping with team building. Andy, Chris and Rich who competed for us were bowled over when they found that they had won and I have to admit to being a little amazed myself!"

The team are pictured with Scott and Gavin Poole, a Partner, from sponsors Foot Anstey Solicitors

May 2012
Wind Farm Expansion
Wind Farm Expansion

Scottish Power are upgrading their wind farm at Carlnd Cross in mid-Cornwall. The existing turbines are to be replaced with larger and more efficient generators. Turnkey contractor Balfour Beatty appointed Kemp to produce a topographic survey and digital ground model of the 500 acre site to enable their design team to develop the scheme. Quad mounted GPS systems and robotic instruments were employed to provide a quick and accurate turn around for the client. Kemp had been responsible for setting out the original turbine foundations in 1992 following their work setting out the A30 Mitchell & Summercourt By-Pass which includes the Carland Cross roundabout that the wind farm is accessed from.

December 2011
New Dept Store for Exeter
New Dept Store for Exeter

The former Debenhams at Sidwell Street owned by Land Securities is currently undergoing a major refurbishment and extension by Midas Retail to facilitate new tennant John Lewis. The building, which has ten floors, is being extended from the first to fourth floors. Internally mezzanine floors are being replaced whilst externally elevations are being re-clad. Constructed oringinally in the early 1960s the steel frame was surrounded with concrete to provide fire protection. This has led to extensive concrete cutting and drilling to expose the steelwork to enable the new frame to connect. At each connection Kemp have conducted detailed engineering surveys to enable the design and fabrication teams to progess. In addition the survey team are providing setting out for the construction team. John Lewis are due to open in 2012

July 2011
UK's Largest Solar Farm goes on Grid
UK's Largest Solar Farm goes on Grid

A 1.4MW solar farm at the former Wheal Jane Mine site near Truro was connected into the National Grid last week. The £4m project covers 7 acres of brownfield land and will produce enough energy for 400 homes. Surveyors at Kemp undertook a contoured topographic survey tied into the other "National Grid" to enable the design team to optimise the panel arrangement for maximum energy collection. With the commencemnt of construction on site the setting out team at Kemp set out almost 1000 piles within 20mm to enable each panel to be accuratly located.

Derry Newman, chief executive of Solarcentury, said: "Solarcentury designed and constructed this site, powering over 400 homes, in less than two months. Solar is not to be underestimated – it is the fastest growing energy technology in the world, simply because it is clean, reliable and a readily available alternative to fossil fuels."

June 2011
Marathon Effort for Childrens Hospice
Marathon Effort for Childrens Hospice

 

As the Children’s Hospice South West’s third hospice, Little Harbour near St Austell, nears completion the charity is soon to benefit from Marathon fund raising efforts by members of the local construction industry. First off the mark was Rob Judge, Sales Director at Phoenix Survey & Safety. Rob ran his first Marathon in London on April the 17th with the aim to add £1500 to the £10,000 the firm have already raised. “The Judge” went under 4 hours although if there had been the chance of a sale at the finishing line he may have made the elite group!  

In July Midas Construction’s Quantity Surveyors are setting off on a marathon cycle ride from Lands End to John O’Groats. Steve Holt, Mike Rees, Alan Fryer and Jason Walker are giving the Tour de France a miss this summer and are aiming to raise £15,000 when their 9 day trek is completed. Midas are main contractors for the Little Harbour scheme designed by the David Wilson Partnership. To sponsor Team Midas contact them at http://www.justgiving.com/Michael-Rees 

Our team provided earthworks quantities during the planning of the works whilst more recently our setting out department have been visiting the site to provide line and level for the external works

 

January 2011
More airport fun!
More airport fun!

But instead of Newquay, it's Bristol Airport we're talking about, where plans for expansion are gathering pace, meaning plenty of work for us. We previously carried out topographical surveys on behalf of the main contractor, Capita Symonds, but last week it was the job of the Seeka team to carry out extensive detection and mapping of the buried utility services associated with the site.

It's not every day the chaps work in an environment like this and it's a good thing we already have experience of airport surveying - the nature of the site means that night work is unavoidable and dodging jumbos is part and parcel of what the boys have to do. Still, it's a welcome change from normal, day-to-day utility surveying and we look forward to more time spent at Bristol Airport where needed.

September 2010
A different persective
A different persective

A special platform has been erected at the top of the Eden Project's rainforest biome, and we're happy to announce that we were involved in the plans. Kemp carried out the specialist three-dimensional survey needed to orientate the new structure, obviously using non-contact measurements!

The platform, called the 'Rainforest Lookout', is positioned at the top of the 165-foot biome, a distance higher than the Tower of London. Launched by TV adventurer Bear Grylls, it allows visitors a unique bird's eye view of the tropical canopy, something which only the lucky few to have ventured up in the tree-trimming helium balloon will have seen before.

August 2010
New project breathes life into derelict mining wasteland
New project breathes life into derelict mining wasteland

We've been really excited about the start of the Heartlands project in Cornwall, which will transform what has been a post-mining industrial wasteland in the Camborne and Redruth area for decades.

The £35 million scheme, led by Cornwall Council, will create new residential and business areas across the 8 hectare site, interspersed with parks, artists' studios, cafes and even a concert venue.

We've conducted setting out and proving surveys on behalf of Midas, along with some essential deformation monitoring on the historic buildings that will be celebrated as cultural focal points for the scheme. This includes the Grade II listed Robinson's mine shaft, which will be sympathetically restored and adapted into an exhibition centre celebrating Cornish mining history.

Heartlands is scheduled to open in Autumn 2011.

June 2010
Bringing out the big guns
Bringing out the big guns

We've just come back from Fort Nelson in Fareham, Hampshire where we've been conducting topographical and utility surveys for a brand new visitor centre, designed to better educate the public about the artillery showcased there.

Fort Nelson was once Portsmouth's protective barrier to French invasion in Victorian times and air attack during World War Two, and is now home to the national collection of artillery and cannon. Between 2000 and 2005 it saw visitor numbers more than double, so with this in mind, the need to bring the fort, which was built in the 1860s, storming into the 21st century with the help of some sparkling new facilities became ever more pressing.

The project has been especially interesting for Kemp; it isn't often we get to carry out surveys on historic buildings like this.

Photo: One of our surveyors Richard Wherry hard at work! And what a fantastic backdrop.

Kemp Chartered Land & Engineering Surveyors
Datum House
8 Barncoose Industrial Estate
Redruth
TR15 3RQ

Telephone: 01209 214687