Specialist Drilling Contractors

A drilling contractor uses a specialist set of drilling rigs or handheld equipment to drill a complex hole or set of holes which can then be used for a multitude of reasons. As one of the UK’s leading rock drilling contractors, we operate a wide range of percussion and rock drilling company equipment, from simple anti-vibration hand held drills or frame-mounted machines to 17 tonne self-contained drilling systems for furnace and anchor drilling. This means we have the ability to complete almost any type of drilling contract, to the highest standard achievable.

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Rock Drilling

General rock drilling services can be done with a wide variety of different sized rigs. A frame-mounted machine is commonly used when drilling non-reinforced concrete or brickwork. Percussion and rock drilling use a hammer action technique which vibrates the material loose with steel or tungsten carbide tips, clearing the hole as it proceeds.

The small drills are commonly used for dowel bar insertion and resin anchors, due to the rough side walls that are left once drilled. They are preferred by engineers as the roughened surfaces provide a key for resins and compendious grouts. With the larger machines, the access and ground conditions dictate the drilling system to be used. Typical options include Down-The-Hole (DTH), hammer, Overburden Drilling Systems (ODS), flight auger and Duplex systems.

For smaller diameters, restricted access and shorter anchorages, the bespoke compact drifter rigs are ideally suited. We use the wide selection of drills available for such diverse operations as drilling through rock and mass material to the drilling of tap holes on blast furnaces without the use of water flushing.


Diamond Drilling

Throughout the past 20 years, we have undertaken some of the most difficult drilling operations for US giant UCAR in all parts of China, bringing our expertise to the most complex operations. When you require diamond drilling in Yorkshire, you need an expert company who deliver outstanding results on every job they complete.

With no dust or vibration we create clean, accurate holes with diameters of between 8mm to more than 1500mm which can be vertical or horizontal, depending on the requirement.

Due to its versatility it can be deployed on virtually any material including glass, metal, stone, asphalt and tile. It can be utilised in any situation where precise holes are required, such as creating large openings for ducts, smaller holes for pipes or wiring and creating holes for the placement or anchoring bolts.


Stitch Drilling

Stitch drilling is a commonly used method of forming holes where the size or shape is abnormal. This method entails a series of holes to be drilled next to each other to form the opening. This method can also be used for holes over 1.0m diameter.

Drill motors vary in size and can be attached to various types of rigs, all of which can be powered by various means: air, electric, petrol, or diesel. A common drill rig set-up would be a static column with an electric motor attached, mainly used for drilling cores up to 250mm diameter. Thereafter a hydraulic motor would be used as this provides the correct peripheral speed and torch, which is required for the larger diameter cores.

Different attachments range from trailer mounted rigs, hand-held drill motors, twin column assemblies, and automated rigs, all of which are used and specified to suit all drilling environments. Having the right drill rig and set-up can be the difference between a successful and non-successful operation being carried out.

Where we can work

With our wide range of custom and specialist built tools, machines and drill rigs, we’re able to carry out geotechnical consultant work in almost any location. From pipework to large industrial furnaces, we have the right drilling machine for any geotechnical and environmental drill job. We can work in harsh environments and all of our drilling engineers are trained to provide the highest standard achievable at all times.

No matter how difficult the conditions are, such as by motorways or busy highly populated areas, we’re able to safely and efficiently carry out our work.

Who we work with

At Condor Projects, we work with any sized business from small to international. You can see just some of our recent drilling case studies and projects by selecting a link below;

Why choose Condor for your drilling project?

Working with an expert rock drilling company, you’ll benefit from;

  • Quick turnaround – with over 20 years of experience in the industry and expert trained engineers, we can work quickly and efficiently to ensure maximum value for money.
  • Ability to work in difficult conditions – as we have a wide range of bespoke and specialised machinery, we’re able to work in confined spaces or locations that other contractors simply are not equipped to work within.
  • Complete turnkey service – we can manage all elements of the project including design, supply, installation and testing.
  • Condor Projects have extensive experience with stainless steel and GRP to achieve a design life of 120 years.

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We’re an international civil engineering company with nearly 30 years of experience working within the geotechnical industry. We have a real focus on providing value, meaning the highest quality product and service for very competitive prices.

To get started on your next project, contact us here, email [email protected] or call us at 01757 288900.

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Rock Drilling Projects

Port Talbot

Using the bespoke Tamrock Drilling Rig coupled with our extensive previous experience in this field enable the project to be completed by the end of the weekend and in line with Tata’s requirements.

Read the full case study here.

A1 Longbull Ferrybridge

The project was completed by drilling 40mm diameter holes 2m deep through sandstone. Slow set resin capsules were used to bond the anchors to the rock.

Read the full case study here.

Ovington Bridge, County Durham

A two day project to stabilise this important bridge was undertaken by Condor Projects on behalf of Durham County Council using a specialist rig to reinforce the bridge with soil nails.

Read the full case study here.