Nicholls Colton – About Us

Investigating and analysing your environment since 1965.

Nicholls Colton is now celebrating over 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.

With a current turnover of £6M and over 100 staff including civil and environmental engineers, geologists, technicians and chemists, Nicholls Colton is thriving. Why not contact us about your project, and become a part of our story?

Roy Nicholls and John Colton surely never imagined that 50 years after they began Nicholls Colton working out of cramped premises in central Leicester in 1965, the business would have grown and developed so successfully, becoming a market leader nationally across many sectors of the industry: site investigations for Bridges, Buildings, Highways, Ground and Contaminated Land; Environmental Monitoring of construction projects; its own specialist Laboratory providing UKAS and MCERTS accredited tests; On-site testing for new and existing construction projects, and Waste classification and acceptance testing.

Today, our successful business provides timely solutions and advice to the construction industry for Brownfield, Commercial, Energy, Environmental Science, Highway, Housing, Maintenance, Rail, Utility, and Recycling projects of all values.

Under the leadership of CEO Ian Elliot and Chairman Alex Warwick, and Directors Mike Shelbourne, Nick Hutt and Guy Anderson, the business entered an exciting era of growth, more than trebling in size and expanding its portfolio of services to all areas of the UK and Ireland.

It is of course thanks to our loyal and talented staff that we have thrived and succeeded over the many years that we have been in business. It is amazing to think that in 1965, so many of today’s staff were not even born!

We are proud that many of our staff have been with us throughout most of their careers, including Operations Managers John Davies and Kevin Wilfratt; Laboratory Commercial Manager James Gane; Estimator Martin Krajenski; Account Manager Bharat Amin; Policy Manager Luigi Sorrentino; Laboratory Manager Lee Harbottle; Buyer Alan Oxbrough; Geotechnical Engineer Neil Birchenough; and Senior Technician Mohammed Hussein – many of these having worked for Nicholls Colton in excess of 25 years.

If you have a construction related scheme, and you need help with testing, investigation or analysis, why not 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.