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1st Horizon to be the world’s first...
1st Horizon have agreed the purchase of 6 new Faro scanning units, and are set to be the world’s very first users of the all new Focus3D Scanner. We will be pioneering the commercial use of the new scanner when it is ready for customer shipment in December 2010.

We relish the opportunity to be the world’s first to put the new scanner through it’s paces and truly find the Focus3D’s benefits in practical 3D laser scanning applications.
October 2010



Partnership with Faro moves to the next level...
1st Horizon and Faro Europe have signed a new agreement to enhance our existing partnership. Faro have agreed that 1st Horizon will be their sole recommended service, training, and hire partner for the Laser Scanning market over the next 3 years.


This agreement further cements our partnership with Faro and really demonstrates our commitment to working very closely with Faro over the coming years

September 2010



1st Horizon on the move...
Early August saw the start of our move to new premises. We haven’t had to travel far as we have simply migrated to Unit 2, Bullhouse Mill, which is the same site as our previous offices. The new offices are much bigger and have the added benefit of a large warehouse and storage space which fits our plans for expansion/hire and sales of equipment.  

We were pleased to be able to find larger premises on the Bullhouse Mill site as these rural offices are in an idyllic countryside location and the green energy project for the site fits in with our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint.

August 2010




3D laser scanner hire for customers...
1st Horizon has added a self hire scanning facility to its service portfolio. Customers are able to hire scanning and survey equipment with or without our skilled operators, on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.


This "turnkey" solution for clients is of great benefit for organisations who don’t want the large investment or commitment of purchasing their own hardware.

July 2010



1st Horizon gains CHAS accreditation...

With the implementation of comprehensive Health & Safety polices 1st Horizon has been awarded accreditation with the, widely recognised, Contractors Heath and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS).

At 1st Horizon the health and safety of our employees is of paramount importance. We hope that the implementation of these new policies and procedures is another step towards our aim of continually improving our already impeccable safety record.

June 2010




New appointments at 1st Horizon...       
1st Horizon starts the new financial year with the appointment of 2 new staff. Our new senior surveyor and junior surveyor will be embarking on 1st Horizon’s vigorous regime of continual professional development.

Despite the recent economic downturn and the uncertainty of the financial markets, 1st horizon has maintained growth over the last few years and is expecting rapid growth in the forthcoming financial year.     

May 2010




Partnership agreed with Faro Europe... 
1st Horizon has agreed a partnership with Faro Europe. The aim of this partnership is to develop both the awareness of Faro’s Photon products within the land survey market together with progressing 1st Horizon’s skills and experience into new laser scanning markets.

Managing Director Jim Garside says “We relish the opportunity to develop a mutually beneficial business relationship with Faro Technologies. Already the interests of both parties alike are experiencing benefits and we hope to develop the partnership much further over the next few years.” 

April 2010




1st Horizon goes green...
1st horizon welcomes planning proposals for wind turbines and hydro power installations on the Bullhouse Mill site. If plans are accepted, the installation of 2 wind turbines and twin Archimedean Screw hydro generators is programmed for late 2010. With further plans for solar photovoltaic panels, it is anticipated that 70% of the energy usage from the site will be offset with green energy.


As an added benefit 1st Horizon were able to provide the measured survey requirements for the proposals which included topographic and river channel surveys as well as the production of 3D models for visualisation purposes.

March 2010




1st Horizon invest in cutting edge technology...   
1st Horizon have invested in the very latest 3D laser scanning technology. Our recent purchase of the Faro Photon 120 scanner has increased our data capture rate to almost 1 million points per second. Data quality is second to none and accuracy is exceptionally high.

We are now be able to work much more efficiently on scanning projects and offer further cost savings along with many other added benefits to our clients.

February 2010