Grounded Solutions
Winter 2016
In this Issue:

The Warewithal : Brexit and the NQMS

Case Study : Remediation of Old Garage, Dorset

Case Study : A Combination of Remedial Methods at a former PFS, Enfield

Staff News : Wedding, travels and team support

The Warewithal

Following Brexit there was a noticeable drop in new sites coming to market.  Things have picked up since then and it looks like all of us at WDE will be busy right up to Christmas.  Let's hope the Trump effect will be a positive one on the property market (and that he will be kept well away from that big red button!).  

In the UK, the Land Forum has recently provided details of the new National Quality Mark Scheme (NQMS) for Land Contamination Management.  This is to be a voluntary industry led scheme that will aim to improve the quality of information submitted under the various regulatory regimes (especially planning).  A Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) will be appointed to ensure that best practice and guidance has been followed, who will then submit a declaration and will "stamp" the reports. This should provide additional value to clients by speeding up the regulatory review process and ensuring appropriate guidance has been followed.  

What remains uncertain at this stage is whether regulators are fully on board with the scheme, or if the SQP needs to be independent. It is questionable whether there can be a fully independent view if the SQP is from the same organisation as the one preparing the report.  

In closing, the WDE team and I wish you all the best for the festive season and a healthy 2017.

Case Study
Remediation of old garage - Dorset

The decommissioning and removal of two underground fuel tanks was successfully undertaken by WDE and partnered remediation contractor at a historical petrol filling station and mechanics garage.

The tanks were situated to the rear of the site and had been in-situ since the 1960's. They required removal prior to redeveloping the site for mixed commercial and residential land uses. The main constraint with this project was the Developer wanted to keep the majority of the existing building and the only access to the rear of the site was through the building.  This meant all plant used had to be small enough to go through the building.

Nevertheless both tanks were successfully decommissioned and removed in a safe and timely manner.  The site is currently under construction and should be completed in summer 2017.  

Case Study

Combination of Remedial Methods - Former PFS, Enfield

A former petrol filling station (PFS) in Enfield was recently the site of a successful remediation strategy which had to utilise a number of different remedial methods to deal with contamination.  With a shallow water table and high risk aquifer status, the site looked as if it was going to prove very costly to remediate.  There was known to be plume of hydrocarbons associated with the decommissioned underground tanks, which were still on site.  Asbestos containing materials (ACM) were also encountered beneath the slab during the demolition phase.  

WDE was able to draw down upon its extensive experience of remedial design and good working relationships with remedial contractors to enable a speedy, clean and cost effective solution.  The underground tanks were removed and the hydrocarbon impacted soils were placed in a biopile for onsite treatment.  The dissolved phase hydrocarbon were reduced to an acceptable level via augmented pump and treat .  Follow the link for further details.

ACM was hand picked from the made ground and was disposed offsite.  The remaining site won materials were reused as backfill within the tank excavation under the CL:AIRE Code of Practice.  

Staff News
Congratulations to David Hastings, Senior Geo-Environmental Consultant who got married in July and enjoyed their honeymoon driving around the West Coast USA.  

Ian Oglesby left us this summer to progress his round the world travels with his Australian girlfriend and we also said goodbye to Jane Nightingale.  Jane worked for us for over 10 years providing financial management support.  

Jo Morran who joined us in April has quickly become a valuable member of the WDE team and has progressed from providing administration support to additional financial management. Both Jo and Corrienne Ainscough are our first points of contact for new and existing client enquiries.

And not long back from her Far East charity cycle - Corrienne cycled 450 km in Vietnam and Cambodia in aid of Woman V Cancer.

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