Unrecorded mine workings provide challenging case study

GRM have a vast amount of experience with respect to legacy coal mining features, but occasionally so-called ‘unrecorded’ mine entries means that we need to think outside the box.

A recent example occurred on a ‘greenbelt’ site in Leicestershire, with our ground investigation revealing over 300 previously unrecorded closely spaced bell pits covering approximately 10% of the entire development site.

Such was the issue at hand, the ground investigation and subsequent land remediation presented some challenges to traditional industry best practice. As always we had the client’s best interests to consider too, and thereby identified and delivered the best solution that maximised the commercial return for the site.

Russell Hurcombe (Senior Geologist) and Andrew Brown (Principal Geotechnical Engineer) have now written up the case study and their findings in a paper, which has been accepted by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, Mining Technology Division (MTD). 

The paper is being professionally peer reviewed, and if approved will be presented by Russell and Andrew at the MTD conference scheduled for March 2021. The paper will also be included in the subsequent published proceedings from the conference.

Further information on this case study can be obtained directly from Russell (russell.hurcombe@grm-uk.com) or Andrew (andrew.brown@grm-uk.com). If you have any development or construction projects, then please get in touch to find out how we can help and save both time and costs. Please use your main point of contact at GRM or for new enquiries email richard.upton@grm-uk.com or call 01283 551249. Alternatively, a full email contact list is available on the Our Team page.