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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, allowing you to avoid penalties, satisfy planning conditions and provide the required information for waste disposal. We are based in Nottingham and serve the East and West Midlands and the surrounding area.

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Fast & qualified - Turnaround within days of initial contact, including site visit and sample collection, with soil analysis carried out in a UKAS accredited laboratory and testing that meets all relevant British Standards

Environmental regulations & planning conditions - Contaminated land site investigation reports detailing any potential contamination of site waste to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and planning conditions and protect you from penalties by environmental authorities

FREE site investigation report - As part of our push to increase awareness and improve understanding of environmental issues in the construction industry and the relevant regulations we are offering a free site investigation report with every contaminated land soil test. Simply complete the form on our contact page or call us for an informal, no obligation chat about this offer.

How much does it cost - See below the cost of a contaminated land investigation (waste classification test), including site visit, sample collection and a FREE site investigation report, with a 7 day turnaround by volume of waste or size of site. 3 day turnaround is available at an additional cost. All projects will be quoted on a case by case basis, with regular clients benefiting from a discount, so the cost may still be subject to change.

£600 - (1000t or 500m3)
£650 - (2000t or 1000m3)
£700 - (3000t or 1500m3)
£800 - (4000t or 2000m3)
£900 - (5000t or 2500m3)

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 a city like Nottingham with a large environmental footprint due to its 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. 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 necessary to comply with 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 companies (muck away) are increasingly asking customers to provide a detailed breakdown on the spoil to be collected. The information requested by muck away companies is, unfortunately, not straightforward and a contaminated land investigation, including a waste classification soil test and site investigation, 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.

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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 current contaminants in the local area to assess the potential for contamination.

Phase 2 & 3 contaminated land site investigations - While desk studies can identify potential contaminants in the soil, a more in depth physical analysis of the ground is needed to know if land is contaminated. Therefore, our contaminated land service also includes 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.

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
4. Soil samples will be collected for analysis in our UKAS accredited laboratory
5. Once samples are tested we will produce a clear, easily understandable and FREE 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
7. We can turnaround our contaminated land investigations in Nottingham and the East and West Midlands 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

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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 the vast majority 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, practical environmental knowledge and hundreds of successful planning and building regulations applications, Richard allows us to provide fully comprehensive contaminated land risk assessments.

Partners - Our experienced, professional and qualified construction and consulting partners, based in Nottingham and the Midlands, 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.

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