Brownfield Land Wales 2017

Regulatory updates and practical solutions for improved remediation, regeneration and environmental management

Brownfield Briefing is coming to Cardiff. Recognising the differences in planning and environmental law in Wales and some of the key remediation challenges due to the local landscape and industrial heritage, this Brownfield Briefing conference will also address a wide range of key issues and recent developments in contaminated land investigation, remediation and redevelopment.

Get first-hand insight into:

  • Conducting optimal risk assessments to develop and communicate appropriate remediation strategies
  • Using sampling data and computer modeling effectively in site investigation and risk assessment
  • A case-study approach to the development of former mining sites and associated considerations
  • Site selection and evaluation of brownfield land for potential redevelopment into green space
  • Exploiting emerging geospatial and geotechnical techniques in site investigation
  • First-hand analysis of the Powys landfill site decision and its implications
  • Project reports on current major brownfield developments across Wales
  • Selection of remediation solutions - options appraisal, latest technologies and best practice
  • The latest changes and future outlook in planning and environmental law
    Current thinking around former heavy industry and previously polluted land

Download the PDF programmme | Book your place here 


Date: 30 November, Cardiff
Venue: Jurys Inn Cardiff, 1 Park Pl, Cardiff, CF10 3UD


  • Christine Mardle, Hydrock
  • Stephen Morris, Partner, Real Estate, Acuity Legal
  • Steve Edgar, Director VertaseFli 
  • Stephen Thomas, Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers
  • Peter Thorn, Principal Innovation Technical Manager, Coal Authority
  • Aidan Thomson, Partner, Planning & Environment, Berwin Leighton Paisner
  • Michael Harbottle, Cardiff University
  • Peter Stanley, Geotechnical Engineer, Natural Resources Wales
  • Daymion Jenkins, Regional Director UK South, Ground Risk & Remediation, WSP
  • Dr Phil Studds, Director, Ramboll Environ
  • Anthony Vines, Barrister & Mediator, Civitas
  • Katherine Nield, Associate, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Conference programme

Browse the full conference programme below or, alternatively, download the PDF version of the programme by clicking here. Both versions are continually updated in the weeks running up to the event, so be sure to check back for late additions/amends.

9.00 Registration and coffee

9.30 Opening Remarks from Conference Chair

Christine Mardle
Remediation Manager, Hydrock

9.40 Regulatory and Legal Update: Detailing the Current Regulatory Outlook and Approach to Brownfield Land in Wales

  • Developments in planning and regulatory regime
  • Funding and investment trends
  • Outlook in the medium term

Stephen Morris
Partner, Real Estate, Acuity Legal

10.10 Brownfield Land Use and Availability: Review of Current Trends, Divestments and Changes

  • Exploring current attitudes to brownfield land and key development barriers
  • Assessing the impact of Brexit and financing hurdles
  • Understanding current thinking on the role of brownfield land in future planning considerations
  • Brownfield land in relation to local development planning – how are different regions and councils differing in outlook?
  • Ownership issues, availability and finance – what are the medium-to long-term strategic land opportunities?

10.40 Case Study: Urban Regeneration Scheme

This is Porth Teigr: Gain first-hand insight into the development of this 38 acre mixed-use development. Mark is responsible for igloo’s direct developments in Wales and the South West and currently leading the Porth Teigr project, igloo’s joint venture with the Welsh Government for the regeneration of Roath Basin in Cardiff Bay. As one of the most important waterfront developments in the UK this case study will cover key areas including site choice, purported economic benefits and local consultation.


11.05 Morning refreshments

11.30 Infrastructure Development & Site Selection: Current Thinking on Contaminated Land

  • Current thinking on developing infrastructure in and around brownfield land
  • Key consideration for site selection and economic considerations
  • Benefits assessment around regeneration and site selection

Charlie Martin
Senior Scientist, ARUP Wales

12.00 Case Study: Contaminated Land: Liability in Light of Powys

Get a walk-through the recent Powys County Council decision in relation to liability for contaminated land. What does this mean for landowner liability and brownfield development?

Aidan Thomson
Partner, Planning & Environment, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Katherine Nield
Associate, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

12.25 Improving Contaminated Land Risk Assessments

Poly- and per-fluorinated chemicals (PFAS) are manufactured compounds used in a variety of industries (such as aerospace, automotive, textiles, and electronics), and can also be found in some food packaging and firefighting materials.  Over the last decade, PFAS have been gaining increased attention from the environmental regulators and stakeholder communities as emerging contaminants, due to their persistence in the environment and potential risk to exposed human and ecological receptors.  Environmental testing has identified their presence in environmental media well beyond the points of manufacturing, as well as food products.

Get the latest information on changes in position on toxicity and acceptable drinking water levels. Coverage will also be given on the emerging contaminants at source and in drinking water supply as well as oversight on suitable remediation technologies.

Dr Phil Studds
Director, Ramboll Environ

12.55 Q&A

13.10 Lunch

14:00 Contaminated Land Solutions from Mine Water Treatment By-Products

For years rivers ran orange through uncontrolled discharges of mine water.  Removing this hydrous ferric oxide (HFO) from mine water has not only resulted in the clean-up of over 400km of rivers in the UK, but also provides valuable by-products that can be used for treatment of contaminated land. HFO has multiple sorption sites for removal of both cations and anions.  The Coal Authority has for years used this for phosphate removal from wastewater treatment but in recent years has looked at other options for this by-product.  This presentation provides insight as to: innovation in mine legacy management; how mine water HFO has and can be used for treatment to stabilise and retain arsenic contaminated soils on site through absorption; and future opportunities and development of HFO as adsorption media for contaminated land.

Peter Thorn
Principal Innovation Technical Manager, Coal Authority

14.25 Resource recovery from brownfield – can pollution pay its way?

  • Sustainable remediation – brownfield sites as a valuable resource
  • Resource recovery from waste storage and disposal sites in the geoenvironment
  • Can offsetting costs through resource recovery make tackling orphan sites viable?
  • Low intensity, low cost remedial systems – working with natural processes
  • In-situ remediation and recovery in heterogeneous systems

Michael Harbottle
Cardiff University

14.50 The Development of a Wales based Work Programme delivering Metal Mine Remedial Measures

  • Legacy, Strategy, Scoping & Assessment
  • Implementation of Intervention Measures & R&D thus far
  • Coal Authority High Level Review
  • Aspirations going forward include Mine Hazard Assessment, Surface Water Management & Metal Mine Water Treatment Systems

Peter Stanley
Geotechnical Engineer,  Natural Resources Wales

15.15 Afternoon Refreshments and Networking

15.35 Remediation: Review of New Applied Technologies and Best Practice Strategy

  • Using options appraisals to select the best technology and balance the cost/benefits of clean-up
  • Appraising sustainability of options against factors including site conditions, likelihood of eliminating contaminants and timeframes
  • Processes of natural attenuation
  • Sustainable reuse of materials   
  • Emerging applied technologies for contaminated soil and water treatment and waste management capabilities

Daymion Jenkins
Regional Director UK South, Ground Risk & Remediation, WSP

16.05 Remediation in Practice: Chemical Remediation Case Study

  • Appraising your clean-up options
  • Bioremediation developments around clean-up of heavy-chemical sites in Wales
  • Using chemical oxidation and dual-phase extraction
  • Site case study

Steve Edgar
Director VertaseFli 

16.30 Environmental Risk & Liability Outlook 2018

  • Legal changes and cases on the horizon
  • How to increase protection for your brownfield and development projects
  • Update on the Environment (Wales) Act and shifting legal requirements 

Anthony Vines
Barrister & Mediator, Civitas

16.50 End of Day Q&A

17.30 Closing Remarks from Chairman and Close of Conference


Early bird price (booked by 27 October) - £387
Early bird subscriber rate
(booked by 27 October) - £343

Full price - £440
Full price subscriber rate - £396

Second / third delegate - £247 / £187
Local authorities / academia - £147

To discuss non-standard attendance options including concessionary and group rates please call
+44 (0)203 637 2191 or email


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