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Bank Lane, Kirkby

This 6Ha development site for Bellway Homes NW, lies on a piece of land, until recently used as a driving range. Prior to this historic landfilling across the site upto depths of 5m of general construction and demolition wastes have left a number of constraints to the proposed development to be constructed on a vibro-pile foundation solution. The presence of deposits of cement bound asbestos within the made ground provides for a further constraint to be dealt with by the site team.

Works have commenced and are scheduled to complete in November 2015 incorporating;

Station Road, Poulton le fylde

This former mixed use industrial site has remained undeveloped for a number of years until Redrow Homes Lancs and McCarthy Stone acquired it from the current landowners Woodford Land. Historically parts of the site were occupied by a former town gas plant, petrol filling station, railway infrastructure now partially backfilled with construction wastes and mixed use factory units.

All above ground structures have been removed, but aside from the PAH (particularly Napthalene) and general petrol/diesel contamination the core management issue revolves around the 250mm diameter HP gas main bisecting the site.

Constraints on work around the existing apparatus dictate a two phased approach with working methods approved by National Grid to remediate phase 1 only to release this area to NG contractors to then divert the main over the summer months July to September. Programme will be critical to ensure switch over to the new main to facilitate development works starting at the end of 2015.

The initial 12 week phase commenced in April, phase 2 is due to start November 2015.


Haven Lane Oldham

The 16 week programme commenced in April on the 5 acre site high above Oldham on the edge of the moors. In part greenfield, the site had been partially landfilled and subject to further flytipping. Other development constraints ahead of the 47 unit 2 storey build programme (Redrow Homes Lancs) included an untreated mineshaft requiring grouting and capping in line with Coal Authority requirements, significant terracing of the sloping hillside to facilitate shallow foundations and a select number of piled units and the phasing of works to suit a surprising number of existing utilities crossing the site.

Elworth Hall Farm, Phase 2, Sandbach

The 16 week programme commenced in July for Rowland Homes on this very sensitive development site in Sandbach. Access is restricted to the estate roads forming phase 1 of the scheme, completed over a year ago. The site, bordered by existing residences to the south and west. The works a further impacted by archaeological constraints, historic landfilling, an archaeological watching brief, invasive weeds and an overhead 11kV cable running through the site at a height of 7m.

The works are to be delivered in 2 phases, with early release of phase 1 after 9 weeks for follow on roads and sewers.

Ground conditions dictate a mixture of foundation solutions including vibro stone columns and rafts, with all made ground re-engineered and landfill wastes segregated and removed from the development zone. The area of public open space requires regrading with the recovery of suitable subsoils for use by the developer.

Throughout the contract, ongoing environmental monitoring, weather data reporting and site records are to be issued to Cheshire East Environmental Health Team to mitigate the concerns of local residents with regards to the proposed development works. It is the stakeholder liaison that will form the key to the success of this project.


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