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Informative Articles

Written by members of the Omnia team, the blog posts below include information about our range of services and expertise:

NHBC Issues New Chapter – 4.6 Engineered Fill

NHBC Issues New Chapter - 4.6 Engineered FillIn January of this year the NHBC rolled out their newest chapter - 4.6 Engineered Fill.Amongst a number of additional updates, this new chapter covers guidance on meeting their Technical Requirements for engineered fill...

Odour Assessments for Planning Permission

Odour Assessments for Planning Permission The sense of smell plays a crucial role in our daily lives, influencing our emotions, memories, and overall well-being. Odour, in its various forms, can either be pleasant or unpleasant, let’s suppose you walked past a fish...

Nutrient Neutrality

Nutrient NeutralityOlivia Maxwell: July 2023What is Nutrient Neutrality? Nutrient Assessments refer to a future developments NET Nutrient load on the surrounding environment. For a development to be Nutrient Neutral, it will not have a nutrient load that is greater...

Clean Air Day 2023

Clean Air Day 2023On 15th June 2023, we are celebrating Clean Air Day, the UK’s largest air pollution campaign. We are aiming to spread knowledge and understanding of the impact of air pollution and to take steps in improving air quality. Clean Air Day is an...

Sound Insulation Testing

Sound Insulation Testing What is Sound Insulation Testing? Also known as ‘Sound or Acoustic Testing’, the Sound Insulation Tests measure and quantify how much noise travels through party floors, walls and ceilings. Sound Insulation testing is required for the...

Changes to UK Radon Maps

Changes to UK Radon Maps - what it means for your developmentRadon is formed from the decay of Uranium and Thorium in rocks and soils, and is a radioactive gas. Inhalation of high concentrations of Radon has been strongly linked to lung cancer, and Radon is considered...

Minerals Resource Assessment

Minerals Resource AssessmentWhat is a Minerals Resource Assessment? If the area falls within a Minerals Safeguarding Area, a Minerals Resource Assessment (MRA) is required to assess the potential for the economic extraction of minerals beneath an area intended for...

What is a Materials Management Plan?

What is a Materials Management Plan?A Materials Management Plan (MMP) can allow the re-use of contaminated or uncontaminated soil, Made Ground and other material in earthworks without the requirement to go through the lengthy and costly process of obtaining an...

Sustainable Solutions

Sustainable SolutionsSustainability should be a key driver of any Environmental Consultancy, and this certainly rings true for Omnia. Our aim is to engrain sustainability into our day to day, from the minimisation of our vehicles on the road attending site through to...

What is a Noise Impact Assessment?

What is a Noise Impact Assessment?Noise can be defined as an unwanted or disturbing sound that affects the health, productivity and well-being of people as well as having an impact on the existing environment including animals. Continual exposure to loud noise could...

Winter Groundwater Monitoring

Winter Groundwater MonitoringOlivia Maxwell: November 2021What is Continuous Winter Groundwater Monitoring? Winter groundwater monitoring utilising dataloggers allows continuous recording of groundwater levels throughout the winter period, usually from October to...

The Importance of Site Investigation for Foundation Design

The Importance of Site Investigation for Foundation DesignRhys Bradley: October 2021Why do we carry out site investigations? Site investigation is a fundamental aspect in foundation design, to assess the heterogeneous nature of the ground and to prevent potential...

Why Do We Conduct Phase 1 Desk Top Studies?

Why Do We Conduct Phase 1 Desk Top Studies?What is a Phase 1 Desk Top Study? A Phase 1 Desk Top Study (or Phase I DTS) is a review of all available published information relating to a site’s historical, environmental, and geological setting. The purpose of this review...

Air Quality Assessments

What is an Air Quality Assessment?Air quality is the term used to describe how polluted the air we breathe is. Considering we take approximately 20,000 breaths every day, when was the last time that you thought about the chemicals, pollen and dust you could be...

The Wonder of Geology!

The Wonder of Geology!Geology is the study of the rocks and minerals beneath our feet and, if you are lucky enough to live somewhere with even a hint of topography (so not Portsmouth!), visible in the natural landscape of river valleys, mountains, cliffs, and...

Company Updates

Keep up to date with Omnia’s news by reading the posts below:

North Office

Omnia's North OfficeWe are pleased to announce the opening of a third UK office, based in  Preston, Lancashire The natural progression for us is to expand regionally throughout the country and, having looked around, we really focused in on the North West. We settled...

#ThisIsOmnia

#ThisIsOmniaWe have recently launched a new campaign called #ThisIsOmnia as we thought that people ought to know more about who we are and what we do. We truly believe that our staff are our best asset, and we want to show the world how our dedicated employees work...

Completed Project in Brighton

Completed Project in BrightonWe love seeing completed projects! Our work on this complex development in Brighton included intrusive ground investigation over three phases which you can read more about on our case study page. Here are some before and after shots of the...

Good News! Plan Approved!

Good News! Plan Approved!Recently, we were delighted to see that the plan to develop the former Debenhams store in Southsea was approved by Portsmouth City Council. Omnia provided environmental planning services for our client, which was required as part of the...

ISO AUDIT

ISO AuditWe are extremely proud to share the news of another successful pass following the annual surveillance audit of our ISO 9001/45001/14001 combined management system.  It was a real team effort by everyone at Omnia in demonstrating to the UKAS accredited audit...

RISQS Verified

RISQS VerifiedWe have been successfully verified on the rail railway industry supplier scheme (RISQS) for several product codes enabling us to be a supplier to the rail industry. RISQS helps supplier sell into the GB rail industry and by being verified Omnia are...

ICN FRAMEWORK

ICN FrameworkOmnia are pleased to announce that we will be working with Innovation Chain North, we are looking forward to the opportunity to work with ICN and the other Framework suppliers in delivering ICN's housing delivery ambitions.   Helen Spencer, Great...

ISO Certified

ISO CertificationOmnia are pleased to announce our recent UKAS certification to the global standards ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 & ISO 45001:2018 demonstrating compliance in three key business areas - Quality, Health & Safety and Environmental management. We...

About the Omnians

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My career to date at Omnia – from Graduate to Principal Geo-Environmental Consultant

My career to date at Omnia – from Graduate to Principal Geo-Environmental ConsultantOlivia Maxwell: March 2024When I started taking an interest in Geography and Physics at school, often being the only girl in my classes, I could never have guessed it would have landed...

End of 2023 Fundraising

End of 2023 Fundraising And that’s it! Our 10th Anniversary celebrations have come to an end. Throughout 2023, the Omnians were challenged to raise funds for four different charities as part of our 10-year Anniversary. We are proud to announce that the team raised...

10th Anniversary Challenges Completed!

10th Anniversary Challenges Completed! The Omnians successfully completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks, South Downs Way and The Peak District Copper Route in aid of four charities chosen as part of our 10th Anniversary Challenge. On 7th June, the team completed the...

Peak District- Copper Route

Peak District- Copper Route On 9th August 2023, a team of Omnians completed the Copper Route of the Peak District, a trek that included the famous Curber Edge. John, Rhys, Tim and Will walked a total of 30km (18 miles) in 7 hours with a total of 168,000 steps! This...

South Downs Way – A Million Steps for Charity

South Downs Way – A Million Steps for Charity This year, to celebrate Omnia’s 10th Anniversary, we are undertaking a handful of challenges across the UK to raise funds for four charities. Our first challenge was completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks in June – read more...

Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

Yorkshire Three Peaks ChallengeOn the 7th of June 2023 a team of Omnians completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Starting their journey at Pen-y-Ghent (694m) then making their way to the highest peak in the challenge, Whernside (729m) then headed to the last...

10th Anniversary Challenge

10th Anniversary Challenge This year marks 10 years since Omnia’s formation in 2013 and we have big plans to celebrate throughout 2023! As part of our celebrations, we have decided to take on a 10th Anniversary Challenge to raise funds for four different charities....

Investing in Mental Health

Investing in Mental Health We all know the importance of investing in health and wellbeing. At Omnia, we are taking steps to support our team with their mental health (MH) as well as their physical health, recognising that the way our team members think and feel is a...