Always looking for new talent
13 October 2021
As we continue to grow with higher capacity and an expanded scope of services we are always keen to hear from motivated, enthusiastic, flexible individuals looking to develop a career at Hixtra and shape what we do and how we do it into the future. Business development, technical, credit control and operational people are a strong interest of ours at the moment. If you’re thinking of a change, write to us, in confidence, at email@example.com with a proposal! We’d love to hear from you.
Frost Heave Testing
19th August 2021
We are now equipped to undertake frost heave testing of aggregates to BS 812 Part 124, the test standard required in the Specification for Highway Works.
If subbase (Type 1 for example) or other unbound aggregate is used within 450mm of the road surface then its susceptibility to frost heave should be determined to ensure no heave will occur, destroying paved surfaces in those cold winter nights! Frost heave testing now complements our full Type 1 subbase testing and classification service and is essential for ensuring subbase complies with a variety of important properties, not just its particle size grading!
If you would like to know more then please get in touch.
CBR Testing for all sites
19th July 2021
Our CBR testing services continue to expand both in terms of geographic coverage and methods of test to suit just about every occasion and circumstance. We operate all over England and Wales with strategically placed hubs of operation to support our central Milton Keynes facility. We can undertake your CBR testing by:-
- Plate bearing CBR testing
- Dynamic cone penetrometer testing (DCP)
- Lightweight Deflectometry (LWD)
- Traditional in-situ CBR using the plunger method
Recompacted soaked or unsoaked CBR tests in the lab
Please get in touch and we can advise on the most cost effective and appropriate method for your site.
Extended UKAS Accreditation
2nd June 2021
We are delighted to announce a large extension to the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited tests we offer. To support our already accredited site-based testing our laboratory-based testing services are now fully accredited by UKAS for soils and aggregates. This means our customers can be confident in the capability and competence of our testing services. With expensive decisions often resting on test results our clients can be safe in the knowledge they have applied significant due diligence in the selection of their testing provider and not relied simply on price, turnaround or an assessment process not suited to testing laboratories (such as Constructionline or ISO 9001). Our full scope of accredited tests can be found at www.ukas.com
Non-nuclear density testing
12th May 2021
To complement our existing earthworks density testing capability we have invested in non-nuclear methods to offer our clients a faster more convenient way of checking for that all important 95% compaction. The benefits over traditional sand replacement density are numerous but the main advantage is a saving of time with instant percentage compaction values being available on-site so no time wasted waiting for next day results.
What about nuclear methods? Well, forget those radioactive, environmentally unfriendly, higher safety risk methods because non-nuclear methods can do all they can without the hazards to the user and others of using radioactive materials.
Please get in touch if you'd like to know more.
Type 1 Sub Base testing
18th March 2021
If you need certification for your Type 1 subbase or are not sure your delivered material is actually Type 1 then let us know.
Sub-standard subbase can cause you a whole heap(!) of problems such as poor compaction, excessive settlement, frost heave and low CBR to name but a few.
We can test it for all the required properties and issue a full test report quickly. Just get in touch and we will do the rest!
Not sure how to select a lab?
21st January 2021
If you don’t really know much about the type of testing you need done just ask one question when you select a testing company to avoid many potentially expensive issues for you:
"Is the testing you are providing me UKAS accredited to ISO17025?"
That’s it. Simple. Job done.
Some of the risks you face in using a non UKAS accredited company can be found on our extra page just here
Testing Stabilised Materials
6th November 2020
At Hixtra we have been providing a number of clients testing to support their ground stabilisation works. We have an in-depth expertise in the testing of stabilised materials to a number of standards including BS1377, BS1924 and BS EN 13286. We have a full on site capability including sampling, density testing, plate bearing and CBR testing as well as degree of pulverisation and Lightweight Deflectometer testing. All of this on site capability is backed up by our in house laboratory offering mix design for lime and cement stabilised materials, compaction and classification testing to support the on site works. Please get in touch if you’d like to benefit from our quick attendance and same day reports!
Our Geotechnical Lab
5th October 2020
Our geotechnical and aggregate testing laboratory has recently completed a number of site investigation testing projects and has classified lots of imported fill materials against the Specification for Highway Works standards. We can conduct a large variety of routine classification tests including grading, hydrometer analysis, compaction, CBR and moisture content to name but a few as well as triaxial compression and plasticity. We can collect your samples for you and we have the quickest turnaround in the industry! To give us a try please get in contact
UKAS Accredited Testing
2nd April 2020
We are delighted to announce that Hixtra's UKAS accreditation has been maintained following a remote surveillance visit this month. UKAS accreditation of testing services carries many benefits to our clients. You can be confident that the company providing the test results, on plate bearing tests for example, results you base expensive and important decisions upon, is independently proven to be competent to carry out that testing for you
Hixtra Site Laboratories in action
11th September 2019
Our new site laboratory is up and running providing full scale earthworks testing for a large new build industrial project in Nottinghamshire. To ensure testing is carried out promptly site based tests such as CBR and density are supported by an on-site laboratory providing gradings, compactions and other classification and compliance tests. Having everything on-site means there is no delay waiting for testing results and decisions on compliance can be made instantly. We can fully mobilise in just a few days and we’d be pleased to provide this for you, just get in touch.
Assoc of Geotechnical Specialists
1st July 2019
We are pleased to announce that we are now a member of the Association of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Specialists. We share a commitment to quality in the geotechnical and geo-environmental industry. This has become widely recognised by the clients, governmental bodies and other associations that touch issues to do with the ground.
Now, in our own small way we can help shape the industry, continually improve practice and collaborate on those issues that affect us all – from client all the way through to the people who use the land and buildings we help develop