Contaminated Land Investigations

Our environmental consultants will first carry out a detailed desk study to produce a Phase 1 Preliminary Risk Assessment. If necessary, soil samples will be collected for analysis in our UKAS accredited laboratory. Once samples are tested we will produce a clear, easily understandable Phase 2 Intrusive Site Investigation report, including details of the chemical properties of the soil. The contaminated land investigation may give information on a variety of potential contaminants including heavy metals, PAHs and TPHs, but can be tailored to the specific needs of the project. We can turnaround our contaminated land investigations within days of your initial enquiry, allowing you to stick to schedules and minimise any disruption to your project. An intrusive site investigation can be carried out to gain a better understanding of the site conditions and characteristics concerning soil and groundwater contamination.
With over 20 years’ multidisciplinary expertise, we deliver innovative yet practical solutions that remove risk, reduce cost and add value. Watching Brief – While not part of the phased approach to a contaminated land investigation, a Watching Brief can be a useful tool to avoid more costly methods of identifying contaminated land. Fast & Qualified – Turnaround within days of site visit, including Walkover Survey and sample Adeptus collection, with soil analysis carried out in a UKAS accredited laboratory and testing that meets all relevant British Standards. Phase 1 Desk Studies and Phase 2 Intrusive Investigations to assess the issues and risks pertaining to the development and ownership of land and property. All works must be approved by the Local Authority and Environment Agency prior to any contaminated land planning conditions being discharged.

Environmental due diligence is an increasingly important part of corporate due diligence and failure to adequately assess environmental risks can lead to unexpected costs and project delays. We offer pre-acquisition environmental assessment services which feed into feasibility studies, helping to identify environmental issues and opportunities, and maximising the potential for a site or portfolio. The exploratory methods used and sample locations will be based on the data gathered in the phase I investigation.
Ideally, a Desk Study should also be accompanied by a walk over a survey conducted by an experienced practitioner. By compiling available information in relation to a site’s environmental, geological, hydrogeological, hydrological and mining setting a cost-effective and focussed site investigation will be developed. The contaminated land regime under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 provides for the identification and remediation of statutorily defined Contaminated Land, but does not account for future development of land affected by contamination. In addition to gathering data for later conversion using GIS to a map for inclusion in a report, we would examine habitats at this stage for their potential to support species listed in Section 41 of the NERC Act.
The desk study involves collating and reviewing historical O.S maps, geological, hydrogeological and environmental data for the site and helps to identify potential environmental, geotechnical and ground engineering hazards at an early stage. If constraints are identified as part of the desk study assessment a preliminary conceptual model is produced that identifies potential on-site and off-site sources of contamination. The data within the Phase 1 Desk Study Report enables a robust Phase 2 intrusive investigation to be designed and undertaken. Our desk studies are only carried out by qualified engineers who understand the implications of the information that is obtained. Our desk study reports always include a proper risk assessment and, where required, costed proposals for subsequent ground investigation.A walkover survey is a vital part of the desk study process and is carried out by one of our qualified engineers.

Andrew McCarthy Ecology is an Exeter-based consultancy with over 20 years’ experience advising clients successfully across a wide range of development sectors. He is also an award winning south-west based photographer offering tuition, talks and more. The next stage of ecological survey on a potential development site is often a walkover / mapping exercise using Phase 1 habitat survey techniques. Discovery CE Ltd provide a wide range of services across the Geotechnical and Environmental disciplines.
For more complex sites, or where piling or penetrative ground improvement methods are proposed , we advise you to consult with the relevant regulator. You may need to discuss the proposals for the site investigation and find out if there are any specific regulatory or reporting requirements. You can do this by comparing the contaminant concentrations against appropriate generic assessment criteria. Under the Construction Regulations you must identify health and safety hazards and risks.

Our findings then provide civil engineering solutions and recommendations for foundations, roads and drainage etc. ALM Consult Limited is a specialist independent geoenvironmental consultancy providing key services to the construction, industrial, property and waste management sectors. Our core expertise is in the assessment and characterisation of greenfield and brownfield land to enable cost-effective development solutions for housing, retail and commercial uses. We additionally provide geoenvironmental services to a wide variety of property and industrial sectors in the form of environmental due diligence and divestiture audits/investigations and specialist support in Environmental Permit compliance. Management – Our wealth of experience in project management, logistics and environmental consulting allows us to provide efficient, friendly and high quality contaminated land investigation service for our clients.
You need to understand how any generic assessment criteria you intend to use were derived. Preliminary risk assessment – first tier of risk assessment that develops the initial conceptual site model to establish whether there are any potentially unacceptable risks. We are a UK authority on environmental risks including land contamination, flooding and ground stability.
Ideally it should also be accompanied by a walk over survey conducted by an experienced practitioner. Ideally, it should also be accompanied by a walk over survey conducted by an experienced practitioner. We will provide a Comprehensive Phase 1 GeoEnvironmental Desk study, including a site walkover survey report within 6 working days of receipt of payment.

Application software, such as CorelDraw, Surfer, ArcGIS, as well as professional geoengineering software, such as Rockscience and Landsim, are used throughout the course. You are not required to complete a DBS check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course. Professional geologists working in consultancies, regulatory authorities and government environmental agencies are required to apply a wide range of transferrable skills to their jobs.
DBS Environmental Ltd. support our clients through the process of Environmental Due Diligence for site acquisition and change of use applications. The assessment of land that is contaminated or where contamination is suspected is a complex process. Site investigation and sampling are part of this process and should only be undertaken by those organisations or individuals who are competent, experienced and insured to undertake this type of work. Flood risk assessment, SuDS assessment and design, soakaway testing, river modelling, fluvial geomorphology, geographical information systems. Whatever your environmental needs, we are here as consultancy or specialist contractor to guide you through every stage of your project.
Where contamination is found they will require the owner to remediate the land to a standard where it is considered safe to all identified receptors including both human and environmental. Micon is a mining consultancy providing independent professional advice to the world’s mining industry for the last 30 years’. Flood Risk Assessments are sometimes required as part of the planning process where the proposed development site is deemed to be susceptible to flooding by the authorities. The FRAs are prepared in accordance with Planning Policy Statement 25 “Development and Flood Risk” . It incorporates an assessment of the potential to increase flood risk elsewhere, through the addition of hard surfaces and the effect of the new development on surface water run-off. The site walkover survey allows the site and its immediate surroundings to be inspected first hand.

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