IN-SITU cement-based remediation techniques will play an important role in achieving the government's ambitious targets for new homes and brownfield regeneration, says the Concrete Centre.
The organisation also believes that developing brownfield land in this way would also reduce the threat of development of greenfield and greenbelt land.
The revised interim projection from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister sets targets of 189,000 new homes each year up to 2021; a figure that has risen from an earlier prediction of 150,000.
Concrete Centre head of civil engineering Alan Bromage said: 'The use of stabilisation and solidification for the remediation of brownfield sites provides an on-site solution that is environmentally preferable to dig and dump.'
The stabilisation and solidification technique immobilises pollutants by mixing contaminated soil with cementitious materials. 'This is a case of cement saving the greenbelt, ' added Bromage.