It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mr John Colton,

one of the two founding Partners of the Nicholls Colton Group.


John Colton, together with Roy Nicholls, formed Nicholls Colton & Partners in 1965. They grew the business from a small civil engineering consultancy in cramped quarters, to a well-respected and thriving multi-disciplinary practise, offering an ever increasing range of laboratory and site testing services, and a geotechnical consultancy. John was an especially shrewd businessman.

Alex Warwick, current Chairman of Nicholls Colton Group said “John Colton interviewed me for the role of Junior Geotechnical Engineer, when I arrived fresh out of Polytechnic in 1987. He was good enough to employ me, for which I clearly owe him a huge debt of gratitude. I remember him with great fondness – he always kept an eye on how I was progressing. It is a tremendous loss to hear of his passing.”

Having only recently celebrated 50 Years in Business, this sad news is all the more poignant for all of us still here at Nicholls Colton Group. There are of course still a dozen or so staff here today, who recall working for Mr Colton.

Mr Colton passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, after a short illness. He was 90 years old.

Ian Elliot and Alex Warwick



Investigating and analysing your environment since 1965.

Nicholls Colton is now celebrating 50 years in business – it has been a remarkable journey for our highly successful Leicester based company. For five decades we have tested, investigated and analysed both the natural and the built environment, providing cost effective engineering solutions for construction, development and maintenance related schemes throughout the United Kingdom.

If you have a construction related scheme, and you need help with testing, investigation or analysis, Contact Us. Whether you need engineering solutions for construction, development and maintenance services; civil engineers, environmental engineers, geologists, technicians or chemists, we have the staff and the capability to complete the work accurately, professionally and efficiently.

We would be glad to assist, and we would be delighted to have you become a part of our on-going success story.



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