Contaminated Land Site Investigations
Through detailed desk studies, site investigations and testing in a UKAS accredited laboratory, we carry out contaminated land investigations to identify contamination, helping you to avoid penalties, satisfy planning conditions or provide the required information for waste disposal. We're based in Nottingham and now serve most of England.Get In Touch
In order to identify land contamination, whether it be to satisfy planning conditions and buildings regulations, remove soil waste or for assurance when buying land, a contaminated land investigation needs to be carried out and sometimes commencement of a project may not be possible without one. It may be the case that a Phase 1 Preliminary Risk Assessment is all that's required for your project, however, it may be neccessary to carry out further investigations, including soil sampling and analysis.
Fast & Qualified - Turnaround within days of site visit, including Walkover Survey and sample collection, with soil analysis carried out in a UKAS accredited laboratory and testing that meets all relevant British Standards
Environmental Regulations - Contaminated land site investigation reports detailing any potential contamination at a site, or the waste leaving a site, to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and protect you from penalties by environmental authorities
Planning Conditions - We've carried out many contaminated land investigations to satisfy conditions on planning applications for a wide range of construction and development projects
Next Day Site Visit & 3 Day Turnaround - As part of our push to help clients meet tight timescales, we are offering a next day site visit and 3 day turnaround service for all our Phase 1 Preliminary Risk Assessments. On top of that, we can fast track any soil test results, for clients looking for intrusive site sampling, to provide you with a complete contaminated land investigation in 3 days from sample collection. The availability of this service to be confirmed by email or phone
How Much Does It Cost?
The average project cost for a Phase 1 Preliminary Risk Assessment, including detailed desk studies to indentify any potential contamination issues at a site and the need for any further testing, is around £500 - £750. For our Phase 2 Site Investigation reports, including soil sampling and lab analysis in a UKAS accredited laboratory, our average project cost is around £700 and for our waste disposal consultancy services, including soil sampling and waste classification testing, our average project cost is around £600.
Why Contaminated Land Investigations Are So Crucial
Contamination of land can come from a variety of sources throughout the historical use of a site, particularly in cities like Nottingham with a large environmental footprint due to their industrial past. Historical asbestos works, manufacturing activities, mining, petrol stations and various other sources can lead to the release of toxic or carcinogenic chemicals, organic contaminants and other potentially harmful substances. Rural sites can also have issues with land contamination from agricultural activities so the identification of this contamination, through a contaminated land investigation, is crucial and can help you avoid potential costs and even penalties from environmental authorities such as the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Planning Permission and Contaminated Land - A contaminated land investigation is often a necessary supporting document for a planning application, or to obtain planning permission for a construction project, and you may find it given as a condition with your planning approval. Planning conditions for contaminated land may be imposed even if the potential contamination doesn't originate on the site; so while a site may appear uncontaminated, it may be subject to contamination from elsewhere.
Building Regulations - Compliance with "Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture" of building regulations, required on a multitude of different types of construction project, will necessitate the need for a comprehensive contaminated land site investigation.
Waste Disposal - Following new enforcement laws, waste disposal (muck away) companies are increasingly asking customers to provide a detailed breakdown on the spoil to be collected through a waste classification test. The information requested by muck away companies is, unfortunately, not straightforward and a site investigation, including a waste classification soil test, will need to be carried out.
Property and Land - If you are buying a plot of land and do not carry out a contaminated land investigation before buying, you can become liable for any previously unidentified contamination on the site, even if you didn't cause the contamination. Similarly, if you fail to carry out a contaminated land investigation and proceed to build on contaminated land, you will be liable for any subsequent environmental issues caused. You may also find it difficult to sell land if you cannot prove that it is uncontaminated.
Comprehensive Contaminated Land Investigation Services
Phase 1 Desk Study - Our contaminated land investigations will incorporate all aspects of the consultancy process, beginning with carrying out desk studies. This involves developing a site history, to assess the likelihood of historical contamination, and collating available information on the local area to assess the potential for contamination and produce a Phase 1 Preliminary Risk Assessment.
Phase 2 Contaminated Land Site Investigations - While desk studies can identify potential contaminants in the soil, a more in depth physical analysis of the ground is often needed to know if land is contaminated. Therefore, our contaminated land service can also include a more detailed investigation of potential risks through intrusive site investigations including soil sampling and UKAS accredited laboratory analysis. The findings from our site investigation and soil analysis will be used to produce a contaminated land report detailing, clearly and concisely, any contaminants present in the soil.
It is important to note that before a Phase 2 Site Investigation can be done, a Phase 1 Preliminary Risk Assessment must first be carried out. This is because the results of the Phase 1 will determine the scope of, or requirement for a Phase 2. The two phases are often presented individually but it is possible to have these presented as part of the same report.
Waste Classification & WAC Testing - For the disposal of soil waste to landfill, Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) testing may be necessary AFTER waste has been classified as non-hazardous or hazardous to tell you which type of landfill the waste will be accepted at. If the potentially contaminated land is classified as non-hazardous, WAC testing can be used to determine whether it can be disposed of in inert landfill or non-hazardous landfill. Hazardous waste will need hazardous WAC testing and if it exceeds certain hazardous WAC criteria then it cannot be sent to landfill without treatment. We can carry out WAC testing for soil waste after a waste classification test has been done, however, these are often carried out as a combined suite of contaminated land testing.
1. Contact us and let us know your requirements
2. Following initial consultation we can provide an outline proposal detailing how we can help and the costs involved
3. Our environmental consultants will first carry out a detailed desk study to produce a Phase 1 Prliminary Risk Assessment
4. If necessary, soil samples will be collected for analysis in our UKAS accredited laboratory
5. Once samples are tested we will produce a clear, easily understandable site investigation report and a report detailing the chemical properties of the soil
6. The contaminated land investigation will give information on a number of potential contaminants including heavy metals, PAHs and TPHs but can be tailored to the specific needs of the project
7. We can turnaround our contaminated land investigations in Nottingham and across England within days of your initial enquiry allowing you to stick to schedules and minimise any disruption to your project
8. If you're simply looking for more information about our contaminated land investigations or our company then complete the form on our contact page and we will endeavour to respond to your enquiry in a timely manner
Contaminated Land Case Study and Review
DPL Steel Buildings, a leading groundworks and steel building construction company based in the East Midlands, contacted us regarding our contaminated land investigations to carry out soil analysis and testing on one of their sites in Nottingham. Following initial discussions, our environmental consultants visited the site to take some soil samples to be analysed at the laboratory and to survey the site for an in-depth contaminated land site investigation report. Our analysis showed that the soil on site was non-hazardous and DPL were able to carry out their project within days of first contact.
The guys at Oakshire are really friendly and helpful. They always deliver a professional and speedy service for us. We use them for all our waste classification testing, reporting and environmental consulting for our groundwork division at DPL. A great company to work with.
DPL Steel Buildings are now a construction partner of ours, after successfully working together for some time now, and kindly posted this review on our social media.
Meet Our Land Contamination Consultants
Louis BSc (Hons) - Following his studies on Environmental Science at the University of Nottingham, Louis now oversees all of our land contamination investigation projects and has experience in soil sampling and analysis. In-depth research for site and analytical reports are his speciality and he believes that helping clients avoid penalties whilst simultaneously protecting the environment is a true "win-win" situation.
Richard - Providing a unique combination of over 30 years in the construction industry, a wealth of geotechnical knowledge and hundreds of successful planning and building regulations applications, Richard allows us to provide fully comprehensive contaminated land risk assessments.
Joe - With years of experience in project management, logistics and environmental consulting, Joe's main roles within the company include compliance for all of our contaminated land investigation reports, client liason to ensure that our clients benefit from the highest quality service and his studies in finance and business provide the company with invaluable insights and support.
Partners - Our experienced, professional and qualified construction and consulting partners, based in Nottingham, The Midlands and surrounding areas, further extend the range of environmental services we are able to provide. Our partners provide our clients with services such as waste disposal (muck away), soil analysis and construction.
What we're working on...
Update: We're working on a Phase 2 Intrusive Site Investigation for a large residential development to include houses, flats and commercial buildings on a brownfield site in Surrey. A phase 1 risk assessment identified multiple contamination issues and soil sampling and analysis was needed to assess the contamination risk at the site. We carried out this soil testing in our UKAS accredited lab and will assess the results to screening values to conclude contamination risk at the site.