A niche Solihull company is expanding - Hamer Associates is a wayleave consultancy based at Blythe Valley Innovation Centre.

The company, which specialises in offering developers and land owners advice on the removal of overhead power lines and pylons and the most effective way they can be rerouted, moved there two years ago.

Hamer Associates has since doubled in size with the latest addition - Sara Hewston joining as senior surveyor.

The firm has won contracts with a number of national homebuilders including Bellway, Barratts, George Wimpey and Taylor Woodrow for new developments where electricity lines need to be moved.

Managing director Charles Hamer said he hoped to announce further contracts soon.

He said: "It is an extremely niche and specialist market in which we operate.

"Having worked within the electricity industry I know what life is like on the other side of the fence. We are not engineers, our expertise is in the knowledge of the wayleave legislation and how to use this to remove or re-route lines and pylons.

"Homebuilders and developers can call upon our expertise to know the exact cost and practicality of making changes to electricity lines."

Hamer Associates has recently worked with Birmingham solicitors Wragge & Co, who are acting for Miller Homes over the removal of lines on a major development site in the north of England.

Norman Childs, centre manager at Blythe Valley Innovation Centre, which is managed by the University of Warwick Science Park, said: "It is a great example of the diversity of companies we have at Blythe Valley.

"It is a specialist knowledge-based company and that is why it is proving to be such a success."