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With 300,000 new homes needing to be built every year in the UK, the pressure is mounting to find new sites for development. Increasingly, developers are looking to brownfield locations as a proven solutions.
At the core of the UK Sustainable Development Strategy is the redevelopment of brownfield sites, aiming to not only clean up environmental health hazards and eyesores, but to also encourage community regeneration.
Where are Brownfield Sites usually located?
Such sites are usually abandoned areas in towns and cities which have been used previously for industrial and commercial purposes, or other previously polluting operations like steel mills, refineries or landfills.
The land may be cheaper to buy initially but, often, existing buildings have to be knocked down, surrounding infrastructure may cause access issues, and there may be expensive clean- up costs for land decontamination of suspected pollutants or hazardous properties owing to its prior industrial use.
On the face of it, an unloved brownfield site could be the perfect spot for your build project, but be sure to seek assistance from experts like the Mick George Group to fully ascertain any possible underlying causes for concern.
Common Issues with Brownfield Development
- Demolition of existing structures
- Environmental clear up
- Refill of new soil where extracted land previously lay
- Re-engineering services and utilities for future use
- Higher upfront costs
Brownfield Site Development
The term ‘brownfield’ is also used to describe land previously used for industrial or commercial purposes with known or suspected pollution including soil contamination due to hazardous waste.
Mick George Environmental has the facilities and expertise to handle a wide variety of non-hazardous and hazardous contamination types commonly found on Brownfield sites including Asbestos, Hydrocarbons, Heavy Metals, VOCs, Chlorinated Solvents, Phenols, NAPL, Invasive Plants and more.
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