VHE return for the final phase of remediation to the former gasworks site in central Coventry.
Having initially demolished the former Transco regional offices, exposing the remains of the original old town gasworks, for a Design and Build Remediation project in 2013. We returned in 2020 for Phase 1 of the final transformation enabling the early completion of a central landscape feature, the Linear Park. We are now back on site to complete the final phase of remediation to prepare the site for a major residential development of 690 homes.
2013 saw the removal of below ground tanks and historical contamination, including the re-engineering of below ground gasholder and clearance of other former town gas manufacturing process areas suitably to enable the sale of the land. VHE, with our design partners, undertook the site investigation, environmental risk assessment and regulatory liaison, delivery and close out as Principal Contractor. The gasworks site at Abbotts Lane, Coventry were an operational site producing gas from coal carbonisation from the 1850’s until 1906, at which time the production was transferred to a larger facility in Foleshill, Coventry. Up until the late 1980’s the site continued to operate as a storage facility, with 3 large gasholders and varying ancillary operations including workshops and a Transco depot. In 2012 the site was closed leaving significant office buildings and workshops constructed over the previous below ground structures (inc purifiers, retort house etc.). Demolition of the existing above ground structures was undertaken to complete additional site investigation to fully characterize the site and design a remediation phase. VHE‘s role included the preparation and submission of a full planning application for the site and regulator liaison to agree a scope for the demolition and site investigation stages. Demolition and Refurbishment surveys were completed on 6 buildings with ecological surveys and an archaeological watching brief during the SI. A 6 week phase of SI was undertaken to provide targeted data to maximize the potential of the Human Health and Groundwater Risk Assessments. Factual and Interpretative reports for the SI were produced and a detailed design for the remediation prepared based upon the findings. Low flow water samples were recovered from the existing and new boreholes and falling head tests undertaken to determine the permeability of the underlying sandstone. This enabled a detailed DQRA to be produced to support the remediation target levels in the design which was submitted to the regulator for sign off as a statutory consultee under the planning process. During works hotspots including three gasholders and a tank were remediated along with visible spent oxide and spent lime with materials segregated to reduce offsite disposal. Oversize was removed from material destined to be removed from site, crushed and retested to enable reuse within the project. The majority of material was sent to offsite treatment centres with only the gross contamination sent to landfill. VHE had intended to onsite treat materials by bioremediation using their Mobile Treatment Permit to reduce cost and increase material reuse but time constraints meant that was not feasible. Excavated structures were backfilled with suitable site reuse and import and compacted to the required specification,
Our 2020 visit saw the preparatory works removals of former foundations and processing for a re-engineered surface suitable for the placement of the planting and land-art that is present today.
Our current visit commenced in June 2023 and will include the final Phase of remediation works ahead of the proposed future development for residential land. As part of this phase an extensive archaeological dig is being undertaken to the oldest remaining part of the early 1800s section of the former gasworks buildings. Once the recordings are complete we will re-engineer the remaining site , remove and reprocess concrete and brick below ground structures, recycle materials and validate works with final base level reprofiling.
At the end of this week, a VHE stalwart and our longest standing foreman Ray Eades retires. Ray commenced working for VHE on the 18th June 1984 as a machine drive on the Lincoln Bypass when VHE were bulk earthworks contractors. Since then Ray has worked on hundreds of projects for VHE across the UK and has become one of the mainstays of the company. We wish Ray a long and happy retirement, from all at VHE. If you would care to send any messages to Ray before he retires on the 16th June we will ensure that they get passed onto him.
VHE are proud to announce we have received a RoSPA Order of Distinction Award for achieving 21 Consectutive Golds.
This is a reflection of VHE’s continued commitment to working safely and could not be accomplished without the involvement of our staff and supply chain at all levels.
VHE have completed their CHAS assessment for another year.
Congratulations to our SHEQ Manager Chris Woodward for getting this across the line with all the relevant information required.
Meet Hannah Sellers VHE’s Apprentice Engineer.
Hannah joined the VHE team whilst studying for a T-Level in January 2021.
She has since progressed to a Civil Engineering Technicial Level 3 course and is an asset to our site and office teams.
Hannah has been gaining experience on a number of our sites throughout Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and is looking forward to gaining more experience in on-site engineering and CAD.
VHE staff have been volounteering with the Coal and Rivers Authority to maintain the towpaths and surrounding area along the canal in Mexborough, South Yorkshire.
The staff loved the experience.
Congratulations to AFC Pogmoor U15 Girls team after another win and a clean sheet in the Barnsley league.
VHE’s Commercial Director Mark Goldsworthy went along to watch the team and meet up with the squads manager James Liversey.
Thankyou for inviting us it was a thoroughly enjoyable game and Mark loves the strip being a Sheffield United fan!
Today the VHE family got together in the office to mark 25 years since our very own Tim Collins started working with us.
Congratulations Tim from all past and present at VHE Construction.
VHE are attending the Sheffield Hallam University Natural & Built Environment Careers Fair today.
Come down and meet Carl, Kathryn, Farzan and Thea from our Quantity Surveying and Geo-environmental teams and find our what it takes to develop your career in the Brownfield Land Industry.
Last week we welcomed Guy Smith as a Site Agent to our team.
Guy will be working initially at our site in Brotherton and comes to us with a strong background in remediation.