BROWNFIELD SITE REDEVELOPMENT

Following proposals to redevelop a former pesticide factory and chalk quarry as a large DIY retail unit, Pristine were asked to negotiate with the EA who were blocking the scheme on the basis of unacceptable risk to the surrounding environment.

The site had been used for the manufacture of DDT based pesticides from the 1940s to the 1970s, during which time liquid and viscous wastes were discharged to soakaways and a section of the former chalk quarry leaving the underlying aquifer irrevocably damaged. Where many others had failed, Pristine successfully negotiated a practical remedial solution for the site which the EA and local authority could accept and was financially viable.

The approach involved the backfilling of the former quarry area with site won materials, capping with impermeable hardstanding and collection of all surface waters for discharge to an agreed on-site soakaway location. The retail development was successfully completed in the summer of 2008.