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Birmingham factory site clean-up takes off


REMEDIATION WORK at a 100 year-old factory site is now well under way at Blackheath, in the heart of the West Midlands. Consultant GRM is ensuring that contaminated land is fit by Christmas for residential development by David Wilson Homes at the 6ha project.

The multi-million pound remediation contract includes the removal of the old engineering factory, which had become an unsightly blot in an otherwise pleasant residential area.

'This site needs a lot of work, ' says Director of GRM Bill Peacock.

'We carried out our preliminary studies and planned the removal of asbestos and treatment of soil contamination. Once the area had been made safe, we dealt with the underground tanks and an old basement that was flooded with oil.' Following agreements with the local authority and the Environment Agency, site workers put in monitoring wells across the site and began cleaning the soil and groundwater with ex-situ bio-remediation. Bricks, concrete and other re-usable items were fed through a crusher to provide new fill.

The site, which will have about 200 plots and include new residential apartments, will be finished off with clean imported subsoil and topsoil for gardens and soft landscaped areas.

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