Dr Fleur Loveridge

Dr Fleur Loveridge


Fleur has twenty years of experience in ground engineering covering both industry and academia.  Fleur graduated from the University of Oxford in Earth Sciences and the University of Leeds in Engineering Geology before spending the best part of a decade as a consulting engineer for Babtie Group and Mott MacDonald. During this period Fleur's work included investigation, design and construction supervision for a variety of large and small infrastructure projects and applied research and development projects covering various aspects of engineering geology and geotechnical engineering. These projects included the Panama Canal Third Set of Locks Project, A3 Hindhead Improvements, Network Rail Seasonal Preparedness Study, M1 Dundalk Western Bypass and High Speed 1 Ashford Tunnels to name but a few.

In 2009 Fleur returned to academia and completed a PhD in the "Thermal performance of foundation piles used as heat exchnagers in ground energy systems" at the University of Southampton.  In 2013 she became a Lecturer in Geomechanics in Southampton before being awarded a five year Research Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering.  She joined the Univeristy of Leeds as a University Academic Fellow in 2016.

Fleur is a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Geologists. She was a contributing author to the Ground Source Heat Pump Association Thermal Pile Standard and is a member of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering Technical Committee on Energy Geotechnics (TC308), where she leads to Task Force on Energy Geostructures.


  • Geotechnical Engineering Lecture, Institution of Civil Engineers, 2014
  • Selected to represent the Institution of Civil Engineers in the Karen Burt Award 2007
  • Ernest A. Herzog Award, 2003 (given by the Boston Society of Civil Engineers for a publication)
  • Winner of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society Glossop Award, 2002
  • Winner of the British Geotechnical Association Cooling Prize, 2001

Research interests

The use of ground energy systems or ground source heat pump systems has the potential to reduce building energy demand significantly. All such systems operate using some form of ground heat exchanger. Fleur's current work focusses on better understanding ground heat exchangers, with the aim that less conservative design will lead to greater uptake of the technology and ultimately to significant energy savings. She leads research on using foundations ad other buried infrastructure assests as energy sources, which considers the analysis of foundations piles and other ground heat exchangers. Current work includes:

  • Instrumentation of operational pile and borehole heat exchangers.  This is essential to allow validation of new design methods as a lack of high quality field datasets has inhibited design development.
  • Development of numerical and analytical tools for use in predicting the temperature changes around ground heat exchangers and hence their thermal efficiency.
  • Understanding the most appropriate methods for determining the thermal properties and soils and concrete foundations, both in situ and in the laboratory.
  • Consideration of the impacts of the movement of ground water on ground heat exchangers, both in unsaturated conditions and in classical porous and fractured aquifers.
  • Determining the key issues for understanding the thermal efficiency of other energy geo-structures such as retaining walls and tunnels, including both technical challenges and non technical barriers to adoption.

Fleur also maintains an interest in slope stability and soil reinforcement, especially the problems related to interactions of slopes with vegetation and climate. She played a leading role in Network Rail’s Seasonal Preparedness Project, which demonstrated the influence of permeability in controlling interactions between climate and embankment stability. The project also improved our understanding of how different types of vegetation can bring stability and yet cause damaging deformations. Current work is focusing on the importance of drainage to both track and earthworks under current and future climate. Fleur is now also part of the ACHILLES programme grant, which aims to addrss the deterioration of long linear geotechnical assets, where she has responsibillity for design and decisions.

Fleur is always interested in supervising PhD students in these or related areas.

Main Current and Past Research Projects

  • Integrated Infrastructure for Sustainable Thermal Energy Provision: INSTEP (UKRI Innvoation Fellowship)
  • ACHILLES: Assessment, costing and enhancement of long life long linear assets (EPSRC Programme Grant) Project Website
  • PLEXUS - Priming Laboratory Experiments on Infrastruture and Urban Systems (UKCRIC Pump Priming Funds) UKCRIC Website
  • Improved Earthworks Drainage for Safer Reliable Railways (Network Rail Drainage Challenge Initiative)
  • Non Steady Analytical Models for Energy Pile Testing and Design (EPSRC First Grant, awarded 2016)
  • European network for shallow geothermal energy applications in buildings and infrastructures (GABI) (COST Action) Project website
  • New Thermal and Geotechnical Facility for Ground Heat Exchangers (Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship)
  • Infrastructure slopes Sustainable Management And Resilience Assessment (EPSRC) Project website
  • Performance of Ground Energy Systems Installed in Foundations (EPSRC)


  • PhD Engineering & the Environment (2012)
  • MSc Engineering Geology (1999)
  • BA Earth Sciences (1998)

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Fellow of the Geological Society
  • Member of the British Geotechnical Association

Student education

Fleur has lectured in soil mechanics as well as contributed to education in geotechnical engineering, engineering geology and to civil engineering and energy reserach projects at undergraduate and master level. She also has significant experience of the Constructionarium field course.

Research groups and institutes

  • Cities and Infrastructure
  • Energy and Sustainable Buildings

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>
    <li><a href="//phd.leeds.ac.uk/project/617-getting-off-gas:-how-can-we-use-buried-infrastructure-as-a-heat-source?">Getting Off Gas: How can we use buried infrastructure as a heat source?</a></li>