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11 June 2018
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Customer: Blackpool Council
Value: £2.2 million
VHE were awarded the contract for remediation of a 5.95Ha brownfield site to enable the development of 400 distinctive family homes.
The site, next to Blackpool FC’s football ground, is in two parts to the east and west of Seasiders’ Way and to the north and south of Rigby Road. Both parts of the site are previously intensively developed land from Victorian times with a history of heavy industrial and commercial use that has now diminished.
The majority of the West site was formerly used as a gasworks, with two gasometers, a retort house, gasworks offices and associated infrastructure. The East site has contained heavy industrial uses in the past, evolving from tram engine shed and municipal incinerator to illuminations depot and donkey stables.
Our site enabling package involved:
During the project, bomb disposal experts had to be called after war time shells were discovered on site. The shells were found by vigilant site workers during the excavation of cellars under the Blundell Street car park. The police subsequently cordoned off Rigby Road, preventing cars and pedestrians from using it to access the Promenade. The site was also evacuated as was Blackpool Transport’s office on Rigby Road.
Dozens of First World War bomb casings were checked by the bomb disposal experts and declared safe before our workforce was allowed back on site and the Blackpool Transport staff were permitted to return to their offices. Rigby Road was then opened to traffic following the 4 hour cordon imposed by the police.
WYG Environment acted as consulting engineer and undertook the site investigation and preparation of the remediation strategy and the works were managed directly by the Council’s Capital Projects Team.
VHE are one of the UK’s leading land remediation contractors that can offer a range of remediation services to the housing market. Feel free to contact us now on 01226 320150 to discuss your requirements.