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Avenue Remediation and Landscaping Project

UK

Almost 20 years in the making, Jacobs, with client Homes England, VSD Avenue and Turner and Townsend, this year celebrated the completed restoration of heavily polluted industrial land at the former Avenue Coking Works in the East Midlands, U.K. One of the most significant and complex remediation projects ever to take place in the U.K., the award-winning remediation program has transformed 98 hectares into a place that can now be enjoyed by the community and wildlife.

Closed in 1992, the site left a legacy of derelict plant and heavy pollution, including open tar lagoons, waste tips containing asbestos and contamination of the underlying soils, groundwater and adjacent river. Conventional solutions to the huge pollution issues were unsuitable, so the project team used a combination of techniques such as ex-situ bioremediation, screening and thermal desorption. The environmental management plan included monitoring and management of air-quality, water, ecological and biodiversity impacts.

The restored landscape now provides a development platform with space for almost 500 new homes, and 70 hectares of open public space incorporating a sustainable drainage system, high quality community sports facilities, multi-user trails, woodland, and new habitats for wildlife.

Almost 20 years in the making, Jacobs, with client Homes England, VSD Avenue and Turner and Townsend, this year celebrated the completed restoration of heavily polluted industrial land at the former Avenue Coking Works in the East Midlands, U.K. One of the most significant and complex remediation projects ever to take place in the U.K., the award-winning remediation program has transformed 98 hectares into a place that can now be enjoyed by the community and wildlife.

Closed in 1992, the site left a legacy of derelict plant and heavy pollution, including open tar lagoons, waste tips containing asbestos and contamination of the underlying soils, groundwater and adjacent river. Conventional solutions to the huge pollution issues were unsuitable, so the project team used a combination of techniques such as ex-situ bioremediation, screening and thermal desorption. The environmental management plan included monitoring and management of air-quality, water, ecological and biodiversity impacts.

The restored landscape now provides a development platform with space for almost 500 new homes, and 70 hectares of open public space incorporating a sustainable drainage system, high quality community sports facilities, multi-user trails, woodland, and new habitats for wildlife.

  • FIRM

    Jacobs Group

  • Type

    Landscaping

  • Design Style

    Other

  • Architect / Designer

    Jacobs Group

  • Location

    Overseas

  • Status

    Completed

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