Over the 2017-2018 period, joint work took place between Middlesbrough Council and Balfour Beatty to identify suitable remedial works to deal with land contamination found during construction work on the Middlehaven Dock bridge and road development project in Middlesbrough.
The project involved a Senior Environmental Protection Officer from Middlesbrough Council’s Public Protection Service, working with the trade to provide advice and assistance to find an innovative, cost-effective solution to contaminated waste found on land being redeveloped.
The project was carried out in order to deal with the contamination which could have had a major impact on the redevelopment work in terms of both planned work, timescales and financial resources. Indeed it could have hampered the viability of the whole project.
The practical solution found was not only the most appropriate strategy for dealing safely with the contamination, but also enabled the redevelopment work to progress with minimum impact on targets.
Officers worked with the trade to identify the waste and potential options to safely dispose of it. As a result the contaminated waste was relocated to another part of the development, and was encapsulated in a membrane and structured layers of various materials to mitigate the contamination. This meant that the contamination did not need to go to landfill thus saving
Glen Kilvington, project manager at Balfour Beatty, told BQ: "Working in collaboration with Senior Environmental Protection Officer, Jos Bell at Middlesbrough Council has provided benefits to the Middlehaven Dock Bridge and Road project to reduce the amount of off-site transferral/disposal of c600 cubic metres (1,200 tonnes) of contaminated material which in turn provided a value engineering saving of c£120,000.00 to the project and importantly meant that project progress remained unhampered as a result."
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