Aviron Associates

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Aviron Associates's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Aviron Associates is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

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James Burkitt, founder
A strong and cohesive
Situated in Henley-on-Thames, Aviron Associates Limited
celebrated ten years of successful trading in February 2018.
Since their inception, they’ve been providing assured,
competitive and compliant ground investigation consultancy to the
land, property and construction industries. Their clients use their
services because Aviron make it clear that they know what to do,
the best methods, the likely results and their applications in real
development situations. A chartered surveyor’s focus is rare in the
ground investigation industry. Their founder, James Burkitt BEng
CEnv MRICS, qualified as the youngest chartered environmental
surveyor in the UK at the age of 25. An early tutelage from a former
RICS environment faculty chairman set the scene of understanding
a client’s commercial ambition.
Ground investigation isn’t just about finding data in the ground. While it is in
fact the essence of the job, it’s understanding how to get the most reliable data,
how it works and – most importantly – how the client can make it work which
is also crucial. Our consultancy services include land contamination assessments,
geotechnical design, infiltration testing, ground gas risk assessment and generally
all aspects of below-ground appraisal.
What we’re about
I founded Aviron in 2008 from the back bedroom of a small Berkshire terrace. I set
up shop with a simple office set-up, trusted business partners, a library of guidance
»Founder: James Burkitt
»Established in 2008
»Based in Henley-on-Thames
»Services: Ground investigation
consultancy, including but not
limited to land contamination
assessments, geotechnical
design, infiltration testing and
ground gas risk assessment
»The Aviron team have
combined experience of
almost 100 years
»James qualified as the
youngest chartered
environmental surveyor in the
UK at the age of 25
Aviron Associates
documents and the ambition to work
harder than my peers – and to never
let anyone down in so doing.
Our growing team, which is now
based in Henley-on-Thames, thrives
on efficiency, knowledge and good
humour. We believe in only doing a job
once, so it has to be done well. With
over 100 years’ combined experience
in the sector, we’re unfazed by difficult
situations and have the ability to find
a solution in the most challenging of
sites and business environments.
Operating across the South and the
Midlands, my focus remains at the
front line. I like to understand every
client and their problem, and I drive
the team to do the same. Our business
model is simple: we talk to our clients,
understand them, give them exactly
what they need and what we promise,
and then they come back. The
simplicity of our approach at Aviron to
difficult and technical problems is why
we have been successful and retain a
loyal client base, many of whom have
remained since our inception.
Our projects vary from volume housing
developments, trading estates, hotels,
hospitals and schools down to small
projects such as single super-prime
homes, luxury gated estates, simple
extensions and modest housing.
We’re at equal ease dealing with
the nation’s wealthiest and most
discerning clients, ruthless house-
builders and families looking to gain
extra income. No two projects are the
same and it’s our knowledge of the
industry, best practice and the desire
to understand our clients which allows
our diverse and tailored approach.
We’re nothing without best
It simply isn’t possible to undertake our
work without observing our industry’s
best practice. Our investigations and
assessments have to meet the criteria
of the British Standards Institute,
Building Research Establishment and
CIRIA – to name but a few. In the land
contamination sector, we must fully
understand environmental legislation
and, in the context of construction and
development, its relationship to the
National Planning Policy Framework.
Without continued professional
development and a desire to keep
learning, improving and moving with
the industry, we’ll fail our clients and
their business. Individualsmake a
Working over land and
It simply isn’t
possible to
undertake our
work without
observing our
industry’s best
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team, and for a team to be strong,
the individuals must be too. In this
regard, we host regular training
days to share knowledge, and invite
fellow professionals to collaborate.
In my Assessment of Professional
Competence to become a member
of the RICS, I highlighted that
communication is key. To this end,
we promote transparency and
communication throughout our team.
The office door is always open and
calls are received with a willingness to
help. It is this sharing of knowledge
and ideas that enhances ambition
and achievement, which is a healthy
addition to the workplace.
We take the time to understand
our regulators, from councils and
boroughs to warranty providers. We
aim to ensure we do things properly
and the way they like it. As clear as
the guidance of best practice is, it can
still be subjective. We must be skilled
enough to interpret the guidance and
apply it in the most effective way. Over
the years, we’ve been responsible for
the discharge of so many planning
and build warrant conditions that
it is simply no longer possible to
For every project, we hold an industry-
leading £5,000,000 of professional
indemnity insurance, which isn’t
subject to a decreasing and sliding
scale dependent on project value. This
is our commitment to the quality of
our work; in short, to practise we must
be insured, and to be insured we must
be competent. Since our inception, we
haven’t received a single professional
indemnity claim or had to report any
injuries at work. We value safety very
highly, and believe all our employees
and contractors have the right to turn
up to work and go home safely.
The future
Aviron’s growth has been organic over
the last ten years, maintaining sound
finances and the capacity to deliver
high-quality work while doing so. We
only employ the best talent who fit our
dynamic and accountable ethos. In the
near future, we plan to open offices in
the South West and the Midlands so
that we can be local to our clients.
Our platform for growth is governed
by the quality of our work and the
appreciation of our clients. Aviron’s
growth shall be carefully crafted
and controlled, such that we ensure
everyone who joins us on our journey
enjoys the ride.
growth has
been organic
over the last
ten years,
finances and
the capacity to
deliver high-
quality work
while doing so
Comfortable with the
simple approach


This article was sponsored by Aviron Associates. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister