Industrial Site Potentially Hiding Chemical and Geotechnical Risks

GRM was recently instructed by a long-standing client to undertake ground investigation on a complex site in NW England. The initial desk study revealed long and varied industrial activity on the site, including:

1849 – Segmented fields

1892 – Glass works & Railway Station (supporting a near-by colliery)

1957 – Steel works

1971 – Chemical works

2011 – Container storage

Records suggest that the chemical works produced sulphuric acid, oleum and sulphur trioxide which are used in the manufacture of plastics, detergents, soap, paints, fertilizers and explosives.

The desk study indicated that the site would be underlain by Glacial Till (clays, silts, sands and gravel) over the Pennine Middle Coal Measures (Mudstone, Siltstone, Sandstone and Coal) and Etruria Formation (Mudstone, Sandstone and Conglomerate).

A Coal Authority Consultants Report obtained for the site has confirmed that whilst coal is present beneath the site (>200m) shallow coal is not anticipated.

GRM has been on-site undertaking trial pits and window sampling in order to determine what, if any, chemical or geotechnical risks are posed to the local environment and future site users and buildings. The work is ongoing and will help the client understand the remedial work that will be required if future development is to take place.

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