The company said it had noticed increasing demand from UK construction companies for a strategic approach to managing UXO.

The industry has, according to 6 Alpha, faced an escalating UXO risk in recent years.

A spokesman added: "This risk is not only posed by the sizeable legacy of unexploded ordnance left behind following two World Wars, as well as years of munitions dumping and extensive military training but also the fact that legal duties in general and those associated with safety in particular, have become much more demanding.

"Whilst 6 Alpha has assisted the construction industry to mitigate this risk over the past decade, principally through the provision of consultancy, the business has now taken the decision to invest in the specialist survey equipment required in order to deliver explosive ordnance risk management services on-site too."