With a growing scarcity of land in industrialised countries, the recycling of previously used land, known as brownfield sites, is of growing importance and is actively encouraged across the UK and Ireland. Although, when proposing a development on a brownfield site it is a normal planning requirement that an assessment of contamination issues is undertaken. Government guidance recognises land contamination as a material planning consideration and that the development phase is the most cost-effective time to deal with the problem and it is the developer’s responsibility to ensure that the development is safe and suitable for its intended use. It’s important to prioritise this in the planning as failure to appropriately address risks from land affected by contamination at the time of development may result in later action being taken under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
How Can We Help?
AVADA Environmental has got a great amount experience in providing contaminated land services on brownfield sites across Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland. Our fully accredited team can provide advice on a wide range of contaminated land related issues. Ranging from single property residential and commercial developments through to large scale infrastructure and engineering projects on brownfield sites, all site investigations are carried out in line with government guidance CLR11 (Model procedures for the management of land contamination). If the brownfield land is found to be contaminated, our in-house team can provide land remediation and ground engineering solutions – ensuring your brownfield site is prepared to the finest condition and ready for successful follow-on development.
Services We Provide
Desk study information is often the first building block of understanding the potential risks and liabilities that might be associated with a property due to historical or current contamination concerns. The information used to produce a Phase 1 Assessment will establish the conceptual site model from which risks can be identified.
Our expert environmental consultants always provide a staged approach when carrying out land assessments which offers all of our clients focused solutions tailored to their exact needs, we can also provide regulatory authorities with the required documentation to satisfy the technical requirements of the planning process.
We undertake Quantitive Risk Assessments where necessary to determine site specific remediation targets as part of our staged approach. This ensures the appropriate measures are undertaken to protect sensitive environmental receptors and discharge associated contaminated land planning conditions.
We offer unbiased independent consultancy advice regarding the need for, and suitability of, any given remediation technique. We have an understanding of the technical and commercial challenges associated with remediation, development and land management, so we are able to identify the most appropriate remediation technology.
We can provide experienced consultants to work efficiently with the local authorities, Environment Agency and other regulators to negotiate planning approval, a remedial solution for a development, or agree the most cost-effective management programme for legacy contamination or routine monitoring requirements.
We have in-house capabilities, and can offer physical remediation techniques, biological remediation techniques and chemical remediation techniques including; in-situ chemical oxidation for treatment of groundwater and ex-situ chemical oxidation for soil remediation.