Engineering and management consultant High-Point Rendel has won a contract to undertake a study of coastal instability on a stretch of beautiful Welsh coastline.
The company has been appointed by Ceredigion County Council to carry out a preliminary study along New Quay Bay on the Cardigan Bay coast.
The cliffs there - above which are situated a number of properties and caravan sites - are largely unprotected, and are subject to erosion.
The study will make recommendations on the next course of action.
New Quay has developed from a historically important coastal port, and as well as being a prime area for tourism and recreation, still has an active harbour for fishing and tourist boat trips.
And High-Point Rendel has been retained by South Tyneside Council to conduct further investigations into a contaminated quarry.
The appointment follows the council's publication of a report by the firm on Trow Quarry, in South Shields, after asbestos was found on the nearby beach.
Until the mid-1980s the quarry - previously used to extract magnesium limestone - was used as a dump by, among others, the Port of Tyne Authority and back-filled with material dredged from the River Tyne and other waste materials.
High-Point Rendel's report said other contaminants such as cyanide had also been found, and there was also a possibility of carbon monoxide, methane and hydrogen sulphide migrating to residential areas near the site.
Chris Sakalas, assistant technical director at High-Point Rendel, said: "We want to more precisely delineate the extent and concentration of the contamination."
High-Point Rendel will prepare a detailed report recommending the nature of remedial work required.