Welcome To Nicholls Boreholes



Nicholls Boreholes is a highly experienced borehole drilling company having drilled well over 1500 boreholes to date. We supply, install and maintain  water boreholes, vertical ground source heat pump (GSHP) boreholes, ground source heat pump systems and deep bore soakaways for houses and businesses and, more recently, cathodic protection boreholes. We deliver a uniquely comprehensive service with our own in-house team undertaking every aspect of your project from site survey to final checks and aftercare service. We are MCS accredited installers of Ground Source Heat Pumps giving you access to Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Payments. RHI is a financial support scheme which will provide long-term financial incentives for installations of renewable technologies which generate heat. For GSHPs this includes the installation of underfloor heating if required.

We are a specialist, family-run borehole drilling business and combine fully qualified and highly experienced staff with state of the art machinery to ensure an efficient service in most locations and geologies. Our borehole drilling equipment is designed to access sites of all sizes with minimum impact or disruption, whether they are golf courses, leisure facilities, agricultural, commercial or residential land. A particular area of expertise is water borehole drilling. Investing in a water borehole can save money, reduce carbon emissions and add value to property.

Our borehole drillers cover a large area of the South, including West Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, London, Kent, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Middlesex and other areas of the UK and have drilled in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.


We've Drilled Boreholes All Over The South


Some Of Our Happy Customers

  • It is a pleasure dealing with Nicolls. They are fast and responsive and their operatives on site are friendly and helpful. The installations were accomplished without any serious hitches and the subsequent after-care and servicing continue to reflect the same high standards.

    Mr Richard Thirkell, September 2018

  • We found Nicholls to be very hands on and efficient on this challenging contract - we would be pleased to work with them again on future projects

    Clive Stone, April 2018

  • We were very impressed with Nicholls, they did a thoroughly professional job and their staff equally professional and informative. Nicholls are excellent borers though not boring at all!

    Toby Anderson, Club Manager April 2018

  • The team at Nicholls were very helpful not only with planning the works but also with technical advice for what in the end turned out to be quite a complicated solution.  The weekly reports on progress also gave my client peace of mind as well as allowing us to coordinate other works that needed to be integrated into the programme to ensure everything went to plan. All in all, an excellent company that delivered what it said without fuss or complication.

    Martyn Fowler - Owner

  • “Your staff were extremely informative, patient and worked cheerfully in some wet and muddy conditions.  We were impressed and would happily recommend you.”

    Mr T Bucknell, February 2018

  • Nicholls installed our water well and pumping equipment along with seven ground source heat collector bores.  This equates to just under 2km of drilling, all performed effortlessly and in a tidy efficient manner.  Very pleased with how both installations perform so they will be my first choice drilling contractor for future projects.

    Patrick Wynniatt-Husey, Project Manager, Private residence in Kent.

  • “You have really good guys doing your installation and very pleasant to work with. I’m so looking forward to having it working in the new house and tasting that delicious water out of the tap.”

    Mike Hall, January 2018

  • “Following the successful installation of a Vaillant GSHP into our newly built home, we further engaged Nicholls to install a further Ground Source Heat Pump into our rental cottages and are delighted with the result and cost efficiency of the system”.

    Mrs Jensen, December 2017

  • “We contracted Nicholls Boreholes to install an 8kW Vaillant Ground Source Heat Pump into our newly built home which was completed on time and with very little disruption to ourselves.  The Nicholls’ team proved to be highly efficient and courteous.”

    Mrs Jensen, December 2017

  • It wasn’t the easiest of installations. It was during the incredibly rainy months of November and December in 2016. The trenches were constantly full of water and lots of mud everywhere. However, Nicholls carried on valiantly with our builders and the GSHP was successfully all connected up. The system is up and running and providing our new home with plenty of warmth and steaming hot water in a very cost efficient manner. We are so pleased we decided to go with Nicholls as they have been incredibly helpful and professionally throughout the process and continue to assist us when need be.

    Sam Ellis, December 2017

  •  “I am very pleased with the fantastic service provided by Nicholls Boreholes. Both the house and pool Ground Source Heat Pumps are working extremely well and saving me a considerable amount on my heating bills whilst also getting a rebate from the Government. In summary I am over the moon!’

    Ted Ratcliffe December 2017

  • “It’s been an utter pleasure working with you all and all your guys on site have been brilliant, really informative, courteous and hard working in some testing conditions!”

    Aisling Bucknell, November 2017

  • Synergy Property Group have been pleased with Nicholls Boreholes performance throughout this project. From the outset both the design and installation teams have acted in a professional manner and been easy to deal with. We would have no hesitation in using Nicholls Boreholes again on future projects.

    Nick Costford, August 2017

  • "We should like to thank you for the very professional and efficient work you have done installing the borehole and pump and carrying out the water testing. All done with the minimum of fuss and disruption. Even if we decide to use the water solely for irrigation it will all have been very worthwhile."

    Client in Selham, West Sussex August 2017

  • "Many thanks to the great team at Nicholls. A very large project converting our Grade II listed Georgian property (and pool) entirely to ground source heating. They have patiently guided us through every aspect from the initial drilling to the final grant application. Projects like this will never run entirely to plan but, thanks to the excellent customer service, it has been relatively painless. We are very happy to recommend them."

    Isabel Braham, June 2017

  • “We put forward Nicholls Boreholes as a preferred installer for one of our clients at St George’s Hill Golf Course. We were expecting a fairly low yield with a view to install further boreholes to support storage lake. We were very pleased with the high standard of service and installation and our client was very pleased that the borehole was much more productive than expected. I would be pleased to recommend Nicholls Boreholes to others wishing to install a borehole system.”

    Roger Davey, Managing Director, Irritech Limited – June 2016

  • “Nicholls Boreholes drilled and installed a 201m water borehole, steel lined to 144 metres to provide irrigation for our sports pitches. The whole operation was 1st class and they kept the mess to a minimum. The job was completed on schedule at the same time as summer camps were being held at the school with no bother to the children. We got exactly what we paid for. I would recommend them to anyone looking to use a firm of professional drillers.”

    Mr Phil Cunningham, Danes School, Oxshott - March 2017

  • The experience and level of professionalism we experienced was exceptional. The team were communicative throughout and at every part of the installation we found all of their staff to work to the highest standard. We now have a fantastic, well designed and installed well with a pump that is designed to the water requirements of our house and heat exchanger. It is also reliable and we are able to take out a maintenance package for the system too therefore have no hesitation in recommending Nicholls Boreholes to any prospective customer in need of a borehole. And finally once last thought. The difference in price between the initial poorly installed system and the system installed by Nicholls Boreholes was negligible, so I wish I had done it properly the first time. A lesson learned.

    Mr Neil Buckner, March 2017

  • We have been pleased to be working again with Nicholls Boreholes, another good result and we look forward to the next project.

    LGM Developments Ltd

  • “We would like to reiterate that the team you sent to install our 80m steel-lined waterwell were brilliant. They are some of the best people we have had working here. They were really pleasant and knowledgeable and we have so enjoyed the whole experience (despite the mud and gore!)”

    Mrs Janet Crame, Wraysbury, Staines February 2017

  • Working with Nicholls Boreholes on this project was a very positive experience. I found them to be extremely customer friendly and professional with a meticulous eye for detail. This was the first solar powered borehole pump that Nicholls had installed and a lot of research went in to deciding on the right equipment for the job. The site is isolated and is in the middle of the South Downs National Park. The borehole itself was deeper than anticipated and we also laid 4km of water pipe to supply livestock troughs, west and east of the borehole, including the Graffham Down Trust nature reserve. I would certainly recommend Nicholls to anyone thinking of installing a water borehole.

    Mr Oliver Hancock, West Sussex November 2016

  • I have recently had Nicholls install a huge deep bore system in my new build home to provide all hot water and heating. From the first moment I met Ben, the owner of the company, I have been impressed with their professionalism, courtesy and capabilities.  Without exception, every single member of their Team has exuded these qualities.  Now the system is in and up and running, it is working beyond our expectations and I would thoroughly recommend them as a company if you are considering using natural resources within your home or offices.

    Mr Andrew Newton, Laughton, Lewes.  March 2016

  • 'I selected Nicholls Boreholes on recommendation, but mainly because all parts of the operation were carried out by this one company. Their professionalism throughout, from the MD Ben Nicholls to every operative was brilliant and it was a joy to come across a British firm providing such a service. I highly recommend them and would be prepared to discuss my experience with any new customers.'

    PG Williams 02392 255987 or garry.manda@btinternet.com

  • 'We have employed Nicholls Boreholes on many occasions over the last 3 years to install water boreholes for us for both private and commercial installations. We have been very happy with the comprehensive service that they supply and will be using them again. I have no hesitation in recommending their services to others'.

    Steve Dwyer, Access Utilities, September 2015

  • 'The Nicholls team were incredibly helpful and positive in their approach. Ben Nicholls picked up the project when our professional design team were unable to agree on a solution to our groundwater evacuation challenges. The pressurised soakaway solution was innovative and impressed everyone involved in the project. I cannot recommend Nicholls highly enough. One of the best Subcontractors we have ever worked with.’

    Chris Moss, Balfour Beatty, October 2014

  • ‘We have had the GSHP and Water borehole for over three years and it is the best decision we made during our new build.We strongly recommend Nicholls as an installer and perhaps more importantly they continue to be available for any customer support queries following this. Within reason and by arrangement, we would be available for queries.’  

    Mr Ian Andrews, Oct 2014

  • ‘ I am very pleased that we made the decision to use Nicholls Boreholes. Our project was complex requiring great attention to detail, patience and team work with our other contractors and in all of these areas the Nicholls’ team excelled. They were also excellent in dealing with problems and in their service once the system was installed to make sure it was working optimally. I would certainly recommend them.’  

    Mr Ashley Whittome, October 2015

Latest News

November 30, 2017


Nicholls Boreholes have been contracted to drill 9 geothermal boreholes into a private residence in Central London.  The site was very narrow so the rig required […]
November 3, 2017


Nicholls Boreholes have just taken delivery of their 2nd MI8 Massenza Drilling Rig. The dimensions of the MI8 are moderate enabling us to operate in restricted […]
October 18, 2017


Nicholls Boreholes were contracted by Stoke City Football Club to look at their 2 existing water boreholes on their football training grounds in Clayton Wood, Stoke-on-Trent.  […]
September 12, 2017


Nicholls Boreholes were contracted by Civil Engineers, Archibald Shaw, to construct 2 large steel lined boreholes at Bishop Otter Campus, Chichester University – originally an early […]
August 25, 2017


Nicholls Boreholes were selected by Synergy Property Group – a fully integrated property company based in Stevanage to work with one of their clients, Ion Science […]
July 17, 2017


Nicholls Boreholes installed a 30 kW NIBE (three phase) heat pump to provide both hot water and space heating to the stunning barn conversion and annexe […]
June 17, 2017


As Nicholls Boreholes is MCS accredited for ground source heat pumps, our customers are eligible to claim for the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and OFGEM […]
May 17, 2017


In February 2017 Kier Services, part of the Kier Group, contracted Nicholls Boreholes to drill and install a 210 metre water borehole at Kingsley Vale National […]
April 17, 2017


On 5th January 2017 Ben Nicholls, Director of Nicholls Boreholes was interviewed on Channel 4’s The Restoration Man presented by George Clarke. The episode was restoring a […]