In 2020, Cognition teamed up with Climate Care to offset our total annual emissions and becoming Carbon Neutral for the first time. In the same year, the company committed to stay proactive, adopting and developing more sustainable remediation methodologies, selection of materials and energy sources we use, reducing the need for offset element of our emissions. Our long-term goal is to continue improving efficiency and minimise emissions from our routine site and office operations across the board.
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Great Shelford, Welch's Yard

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The client:Croudace Homes
Services:Demolition and underground tank removal, asbestos removal, bioremediation, water treatment, earthworks, soil stabilisation.

The Challenge:

Croudace Homes contracted Cognition to carry out remediation works on three sites in close proximity to each other in Great Shelford, the sites originally occupied by a petrol station, car parking and a transport/haulage company. The sites were to be redeveloped for seventy residential dwellings and covered a combined area of 2.5 hectares. Each site presented different challenges in terms of remediation. Site A was the largest site and had been raised with 2m of made ground containing brick, ash, asbestos fragments, glass and metal car parts. This overlay alluvium to a depth of 4m with chalk beneath. The made ground was contaminated with hydrocarbons around the fuel storage tanks (above and below ground) and free product was detected on the surface of the groundwater which was in continuity with the adjacent stream running past the site.. Site B was a overflow car park for the haulage company and shallow made ground was contaminated with PAHs. Site C was occupied by a fuel filling station and vehicle repair garage and had been contaminated with hydrocarbons leaking from underground fuel tanks and pipework.

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The Approach

Cognition proposed a combined remediation strategy for all three sites including a materials management plan to maximise re-use of soil across all sites during the earthworks phase. The main elements of work included:

  • Ecological mitigation works including vegetation removal, knotweed treatment and tree protection measures;
  • Engage, agree and deliver the environmental monitoring plan including installation of dust and odour control systems;
  • Removal of contamination hotspots including underground storage tanks and asbestos fragments using non-licenced operatives;
  • Groundwater pump and treatment and chemical oxidation injection via borehole array across hydrocarbon groundwater plume;
  • Ex-situ Bioremediation;
  •  Soil stabilisation for piling mats and sub base of roads, driveways and car parks in new development;
  • Carry out all earthworks cut / fill operations including all testing and classification of soils to meet end requirements and disposal of waste items
  • Validation of clean imported soils used in gardens, and soft landscaping and final verification reporting for Local Authority sign-off of planning conditions.

The Outcome

The site was remediated in accordance with the strategy and all planning conditions relating to remediation signed off with the EA and Local Authority. The works delivered to programme and with considerable savings for the client, particularly as all three sites were managed as a hub-and-cluster.

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