The Stratec Difference

We’ve been trusted by the civil engineering, environmental engineering and construction industries for over 40 years.


Stratec Ltd was originally founded in 1976 by the Watkins family, supplying projects in North West England with Geosynthetic material, and is proudly headed up by a Watkins family member to this day.

The company separated from being part of the Swiftec Group in 2021 and is now led by Gordon Watkins, who has been involved in the company since 1987.

Our mission is simple: we work with clients, engineers, contractors and property owners to help improve the quality of the ground for a wide range of projects. From erosion control and environmental protection to ground reinforcement and urban drainage systems, our team provides sustainable and superbly dependable solutions.

Our renowned consult, assess, deliver process means we don’t just supply geotechnical products but deploy the in-house know-how to examine and resolve ground quality issues from site survey to on-site delivery.

Our consultancy-led service ensures we deliver the whole package when it comes to making ground good


Our team of highly experienced technical experts are always on hand to provide specialist help and advice.

Design &

We offer a specialist geotechnical design service to engineer high-quality targeted solutions for any requirement.

Site Visit &

Our technical team are trained in a range of issues and provide a comprehensive technical survey service.

to suit you

We provide a flexible, efficient delivery service throughout the UK and beyond to fit around any project.

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It’s never too early to tell us about your ground quality challenges, we’ll be proud to use our four decades of expertise to propose the right technical solution. Questions? Just ask.

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Gordon Watkins

Managing Director

Customers I have worked with

Wills Bros., Sir Robert McAlpine, Bam Nuttal, Graham, D Morgan, Barratts Developments, RJ McLeod, Sweco, Ferrans, Balfour Beatty, I & H Brown Ltd, and Fairhurst.


Gordon graduated from Stockport College with a HND in Civil Engineering and joined the family business, which marketed and sold geotextiles. He had been involved with the business since he was eight years old, travelling to sites throughout the North West of England.

He then built and launched the Antinox temporary protection materials business whilst still being involved with the geosynthetic business, in a management capacity. After returning to work after illness, he dedicated himself to building the Stratec business and is now successfully leading this business in the next phase of its development.

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Experienced Company Director having built businesses up from nothing.
  • Positive leader and innovator
  • Extensive practical on-site working knowledge

Phil Ellis

Technical Manager

Businesses I have worked for (as an employee)

Ground-Guards Ltd/GreenTek Solutions Ltd
Mount Panels

Customers I have worked with

Barratt David Wilson Homes, Taylor Wimpey, Redrow Homes, Cala Homes, Story Homes, BAM Construction, BAM Nuttall, Balfour Beatty, Galliford Try, Willmott Dixon, VP Group, Speedy Services, Travis Perkins, Jewson, Keyline, Skanska, RJ McLeod, Farrans, John Graham Construction, D Morgan


Phil has worked with many national housebuilders, Construction companies and merchants to promote best practice. He always goes the extra mile to help customers and clients with their complex requirements on site.

He is always researching and learning to further his understanding the balance of protecting nature and creating some of the country’s most attractive areas to live and work in.

Phil joined Stratec to further his keen interest in improving the ground conditions on construction sites and civil engineering projects.

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Experienced in advising on all aspects of Surface water drainage systems.
  • Working with Engineers to provide the best outcome for Erosion and Silt control on sites.
  • Promoting best practice and sustainable solutions for the environment.
  • Looking for alternative solutions which give scope for value engineered solutions.

Shona Teale

Marketing Executive

Businesses I have worked for (as an employee)

Turcan Connell
Apex Tubulars
MS Society
Robert Gordon University


Shona studied International Business Management at the Robert Gordon University. During this time, Shona developed an interest in marketing, and she has since gained marketing experience in a number of industries including higher education, oil and gas, charities and legal services.

Shona has managed numerous marketing campaigns and helped drive many companies forward to achieve their marketing and business goals. She is committed to constantly improving her knowledge and expertise and strives to create creative and compelling content.

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Experienced in a number of areas including Digital Marketing
  • Content marketing
  • Social media marketing
  • PR
  • Sales

Avril Crawley

Account Manager

Businesses I have worked for (as an employee)

Stratec Ltd
Swiftec Global Ltd
Royal Navy

Customers I have worked with

Wills Bros, R J McLeod, Farrans, Balfour Beatty, Barratt David Wilson Homes, Bam Nuttall, Graham, D Morgan, I & H Brown, Fairhurst, Sweco, Provectus, SPI


Avril has worked within the group for over eight years and during this time has utilised her wealth of experience from industries such as Fashion, Manufacturing, Education and Defense.

She is conscientious and proactive team member who embraces new challenges with open arms and a smile!

She is strong believer that investment in building strong ties with customers/clients results in improved Respect, Confidence, Trust, Sales, Growth and Profit.

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Experienced in Account Management
  • Team Building
  • Strategic planning, company growth and brand development
  • Marketing and Sales & Support

Nadean Rollo

Client Relations Manager

Businesses I have worked for (as an employee)

Swiftec Global
Cromwell Tools
Duo Tool

Customers I have worked with

BAM construction, Balfour Beatty, John Graham, Wills Bros, Cala Homes, Persimmon Homes and many more.


Nadean has a wealth of experience in client relations and account management. She has worked in industries such as Telesales, Hospitality, Oil and Gas and Retail.

Nadean is personable, dedicated and customer orientated. She always ensures her clients receive a high-quality service and have everything they need for their projects.

She utilises her experience and her skills in relationship building, data handling and dealing with enquiries from customers to ensure she provides the best experience for clients.

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Building relationships
  • Data handling
  • Resolving customer queries
  • Organising and scheduling meetings

Laura Clubb

Admin & Financial Executive

Businesses I have worked for (as an employee)

Swiftec Global Ltd
Rigfit Offshore
Global Energy Group
Scomi Oiltools

Customers I have worked with

Travis Perkins, Jewsons, ISG, Wills Bros, Farrans


Laura started with Stratec in 2011 and quickly became a key player in the admin and operations side of the business, handling customer and suppliers with accuracy and care.

She left in 2017 to care for her family and rejoined the Stratec team in 2021.

She is an expert administrator and is conscientious, diligent, and enthusiastic in getting things done. She embraces change and challenge and takes it all in her stride.

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Administration
  • Operations
  • Sales Support