Brownfield Risk & Remediation 2017

Regulatory & Planning Updates & Practical Solutions To Deliver Risk-Based, Robust & Achievable Contaminated Land Development

Developing a time- and cost-effective remediation strategy that is “fit for purpose” and satisfies new planning and regulatory requirements is vital in successfully developing brownfield land.  Where contamination is present, having confidence in the information provided by a rigorous and justifiable risk assessment is essential to avoid unnecessary costs.  Setting realistic remediation targets and evaluating all of the remedial options available, including new technologies, can save both time and money, whilst achieving greater certainty of results.   

This popular annual event, held in London on 13 and 14 September will bring together regulators, consultants, remediation contractors and other industry experts working across the whole of the brownfield sector to discuss a wide range of issues within contaminated land risk assessment and remediation. The inter-linked nature of these two topics means that delegates attending both days of the conference will benefit from the most holistic view, however it is also possible to attend just day One or Two.  

Join us and benefit from hearing regulatory updates and sharing first-hand experiences with your peers, enabling you to develop practical and cost-effective solutions to current remediation challenges.

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Date: 13-14 September 2017
Location:  Holiday Inn London - Kensington, Wrights Lane, London W8 5SP 


  • Deirdra Armsby, Director of Regeneration & Planning, London Borough of Newham
  • Jonathan Atkinson, Technical Specialist Groundwater & Contaminated Land, Environment Agency
  • Ann Barker, Lead Officer Contaminated Land, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
  • Dr Darren Beriro, Geoscientist, British Geological Survey
  • Robert Bruce, Partner, Planning, Freeths LLP
  • Tony Brown, Director of Ground Engineering, Mouchel
  • Dr Fiachra Collins, Chief Technology Officer, AmbiSense
  • Councillor Sean Coughlan, Portfolio Lead for Housing & Land, The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)  & Leader, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Richard Clayton, Director & UK Head of Ground Risk & Remediation, WS
  • Simon Firth, Director, Firth Consultants
  • Liz Hart, Principal Engineer, Lithos Consulting
  • Angela Haslam, Senior Advisor, Land and Contamination Management Team, Environment Agency
  • Paul Higgs, Chief Executive, Millbank Group
  • Quentin Hulm, Managing Director, Cornelsen
  • Joe Jackson, Managing Director - Remediation, Keltbray Remediation
  • Gareth Leonard, Managing Director, Europe, REGENESIS
  • Hugh Mallet, Technical Director, BuroHappold Engineering
  • Dr Cecilia Macleod, Director, WYG Group
  • Dr Henry Nicholls, Research Associate in Microbial Community Interactions Groundwater Protection and Restoration Group Kroto Research Institute, University of Sheffield
  • Philip Norville, Business Development Manager – UK Land, Dynasafe BACTEC
  • Dr Alan Thomas, Technical Fellow, Environmental Resources Management
  • Steve Wilson, Technical Director, The Environmental Protection Group Ltd
  • Andrew Wiseman OBE, Partner, Harrison Grant
  • Tim Warner, Vice President, Operations & Co-Managing Director, TRS Europe

Conference Programme

Full programme outline:


Day One – Wednesday 13th September

Dealing with Contaminated Land within Current Policy & Planning Frameworks

9.00 Registration and Refreshments



9.30 Opening remarks from the Chairman


Hugh Mallet
Technical Director, BuroHappold Engineering

9.40 Examining how Brownfield Registers will work in practice and how “Permission in Principle” (PiP) will be granted and implemented

  • Evaluating the implications of changes to the Housing & Planning Bill and England’s NPPF, particularly the introduction of brownfield registers and PiP
  • Assessing the effectiveness of these tools in minimising the risks associated with developing brownfield or contaminated sites
    • clarifying key definitions such as land that is “suitable” and “available” for residential development and what is “achievable” and what granting permission in principle for a brownfield site actually, means for all parties involved
    • assessing what safeguards are being put in place for ensuring contaminated land is correctly and adequately risk assessed
  • How will PiP and sites on brownfield registers interact with Part 2A guidance and the requirements of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive, Habitats Directive and sites classed to be of “high environmental value”?

Robert Bruce
Partner, Planning, Freeths LLP

10.05 Legal Update: Assessing the implications of recent legal cases for contaminated land risk assessment and remediation and associated liabilities

  • Examining the outcome and implications of the Price and Hardwicke v Powys County Council and Jim 2 Limited & Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council decisions for local authorities and their duties and liabilities with regards to:
    • predecessor activities
    • landfill redevelopment
    • contaminated land risk assessment
  • Clarifying risk assessment responsibilities and future liabilities in the context of a planning application:
    • to what extent could contractors and data collectors be implicated with regards to the information they provide for a risk summary?
  • To what extent can liability transfer mechanisms and contractual protections be used to manage LA and contractor responsibilities?
  • Exploring to what extent you can achieve regulatory sign-off to clearly demonstrate appropriate risk management and assure no further remediation will be necessary

Andrew Wiseman OBE

Partner, Harrison Grant

10.30  Q&A



10.45 Morning Refreshments



11.15 Funding: Practicalities of accessing and using innovative funding sources to minimise the risks and accelerate brownfield remediation and development

  • Detailing the use of alternative mechanisms and sources available to fund remediation and brownfield redevelopment

Councillor Sean Coughlan
Portfolio Lead for Housing & Land, The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)  & Leader, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

11.45 Panel Session: Improving the relationship between LA-consultant-client-contractor to achieve a holistic, cost-efficient approach to risk assessment and remediation

  • Assessing the implications of changes to the planning and development control process
    • detailing the tools available to local authorities and how these could be improved
    • what do these changes mean for the way in which we risk assess contaminated land?
  • Local Authority Perspective - Practical tips for facilitating a risk assessment or development proposal through the planning system:
    • applying risk assessment guidance - key considerations and issues
    • outlining what we look for in a Phase 1 & 2 risk assessment to satisfy planning conditions and support appropriate remedial options
    • assessing the optimum point in the planning process for a detailed SI to be submitted
    • examining specific data requirements to help produce the best environmental impact, geo-technical and contamination risk assessment
  • Strategies for improving the LA-consultant-client-contractor relationship to facilitate contaminated land risk assessment and remediation


Ann Barker
Lead Officer Contaminated LandCity of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Liz Hart
Principal Engineer, Lithos Consulting

Paul Higgs
Chief Executive, Millbank Group

12.40 Audience Discussion & Information Exchange

The above panel session will then be broadened out to include the following pertinent topics in an open, interactive audience discussion:

  • Identifying the current barriers to developing brownfield sites and the measures that could be further taken to influence these
  • Evaluating the uptake, impact and perceived value of the recently-launched National Quality Mark Scheme (NQMS)
  • How can the relationship and collaboration between LA-contractor-consultant be improved to facilitate the development of brownfield and contaminated land?


13.00 Lunch



13.45 Groundwater: Update on current and future regulatory guidance for groundwater and contaminated land

Angela Haslam
Senior Advisor, Land and Contamination Management Team, Environment Agency

14.10 How to ensure you are seeing the real picture - Strategies for dealing with uncertainties & conservatism in risk assessment models  

  • Understanding the problem of uncertainties and sparse data sets and how to mitigate this:
    • estimating the degree of uncertainty arising from field sampling and techniques to reduce this
    • better understanding the statistical uncertainty of laboratory data
  • Exploring the most sensitive parameters that influence outcomes when modelling risk and how to manage these
  • Quantifying the impact of conservatism and “worst-case scenario” modelling on potential remediation costs:
    • to what extent should it be a requirement to communicate uncertainty and variability in the risk assessment process?
  • Deciding how much uncertainty is acceptable for different purposes and effectively communicating this to stakeholders

Simon Firth
Director, Firth Consultants

 14.35 Q&A



14.45 Afternoon refreshments



Spotlight on Risk Assessment Techniques

15.10 Update on the use of Bioaccessibility Testing in UK contaminated land risk assessment

  • Outlining current industry guidance and practice relating to the bio-accessibility measurement of contaminants in soil:
    • to which contaminants is it currently applicable?
    • to which might it be applied in the near future?
    • how can naturally-occurring contaminants best be managed?
    • what approaches are being adopted where sites exceed GAC values?
  • Clarifying to what extent bio-accessibility testing is accepted by regulators as providing robust, defensible data for use in risk assessment:
    • what steps are being taken to develop a straightforward, scientifically sound methodology for bioavailability of contaminants in soils?
  • Quantifying the potential saving in remediation costs achieved through bio-accessibility testing
  • Detailing current work being done to progress the use of this technique in gaining a better understanding of the effects of certain contaminants on human health

Dr Darren Beriro
Geoscientist, British Geological Survey

15.35 Ground Gas and VOCs: Detailing advances in, and cost-benefits of, continuous monitoring of ground gases and soil vapours

  • Outlining recent progress made in ground gas and vapour risk assessment both in the UK and internationally
  • Assessing where uncertainties and misconceptions occur in risk assessing the most common contaminants and how these can be addressed:
    • techniques for preventing overly-conservative or incorrect assessments
    • understanding the difference between Gas Screening Values (GSV) and DQRA results
  • Examining progress made in the approach to testing TOCs
  • Detailing the cost-benefits of complete continuous monitoring in maximising data collection and adding value to your ground gas and VOC risk assessment

Steve Wilson
Technical Director, The Environmental Protection Group

16.00 Exploring continuous online ground-gas analytics for accelerated risk assessment

  • Introduction and background
  • Overview of the technology
  • Continuous data - what it tells beyond spot monitoring
  • Case studies: demonstrating site risk assessment and remediation

Dr Fiachra Collins
Chief Technology Officer, AmbiSense

16.25 Practical strategies for effective risk assessment and management of unexploded ordnance (UXO)

  • Identifying the potential risk from UXO through desktop and geo-physical assessment – exploring likely historical sources, locations and depths across the UK
  • Outlining advances in appropriate risk mitigation measures – both before and after removal
  • Safely removing the unexploded ordnance with minimal cost and disruption:
    • local community communication and engagement
  • Case Study - Developing and implementing a comprehensive explosive ordnance, risk mitigation and remediation strategy on a brownfield site to enable redevelopment

Philip Norville
Business Development Manager – UK Land, Dynasafe BACTEC

16.45 Q&A



17.00 Closing remarks from the Chairman followed by a drinks reception



Day Two – Thursday 14th September

Translating your Risk Assessment into a Robust, Effective Remediation Strategy

9.00 Registration and Refreshments



9.30 Opening remarks from the Chairman


Dr Alan Thomas
Technical Fellow, Environmental Resources Management

9.40 Translating a risk assessment into a pragmatic and achievable remediation strategy

  • Getting it right at the beginning - scoping a detailed quantitative risk assessment (DQRA) to develop a robust remediation strategy
  • Optimising the design of your site investigation and CSM to get more meaningful results:
    • identifying specific stakeholder and site end-use requirements from the outset to ensure you are collecting exactly the information that you need
    • ensuring your data is of the highest quality and fit-for-purpose
    • managing the trade-off between opinion vs quantifiable results
  • Successfully reconciling human health and groundwater threshold values
  • Determining how much remediation is enough:
    • defining “betterment”
    • striking a balance between conservatism and realism
    • justifying an acceptable level of risk to the regulator and other stakeholders
    • determining any risk-associated liabilities

This presentation will demonstrate, with practical examples, how re-evaluation of remediation targets generated by an initial risk assessment and the application of site-specific criteria, as well as negotiation with the regulator, resulted in a revision of remediation targets to realistic and achievable levels

Richard Clayton
Director & UK Head of Ground Risk & Remediation, WSP

10.05 Case Study on Collaborative working: Demonstrating developers, local authorities and other stakeholders working together to develop challenging brownfield sites

Deirdra Armsby
Director of Regeneration & Planning, London Borough of Newham

10.30 Q&A



10.40 Morning Refreshments



11.10 Effectively Applying Current Best Practice Approaches to Waste Management on Remediation Projects

  • Update on the Definition of Waste CoP v.3:
    • highlighting key changes from previous versions
    • outlining revisions to the waste permitting process
    • maximising the use of soil sustainably within development
    • applying DoWCoP in the planning process - best practice re-use, or waste activity
    • options for long term soils storage sites to match-make soils sites
  • Materials Management Planning best practice:
    • outlining where common problems occur and how to avoid them
    • what can soils treatment really deliver compliantly
    • effective verification reporting
    • ensuring materials being imported or re-used are fit for purpose and do not pose contamination risk
    • top tips to ensure your MMP is workable and compliant
  • Clarifying important definitions and differences when classifying and risk-assessing waste:
    • defining a risk vs a hazard
    • differences between WAC testing and hazard assessment for WM3
    • clarifying “suitability” of use – what materials can be re-used, where?
  • Detailing the Regulator’s view on developing sites with existing waste deposits:
    • how is this being managed for permitted sites and historic sites?
    • how should any long-term risks of deposited materials be assessed?

Jonathan Atkinson
Technical Specialist Groundwater & Contaminated Land, Environment Agency

11.40 Asbestos: Practicalities of applying industry guidance for identifying, treating and re-using asbestos-contaminated soil

Risk Assessment

  • Reviewing the CAR-SOIL and other asbestos guidance and effectively using it as a tool to manage asbestos on-site: assessing the actual risk
  • Best practice where traces or very low levels are found –justifying risk minimisation techniques
  • Exploring what to do if asbestos is found on-site at the remediation phase, but not identified in the SI?

Waste Management

  • Clarifying the correct classification of material with very low levels of asbestos fibres detected:
    • at what level must this material be classed as hazardous?
    • what are the technical and legal implications of re-using waste classified as asbestos-contaminated – what exactly can be re-used, where?
  • Giving confidence to landfill and waste site operators with regards to managing asbestos


  • Exploring the most suitable remediation techniques for asbestos fibres in soil
  • Assessing the longer-term risks of leaving asbestos in-situ – how is this monitored over time?

Case study: Practicalities of identifying, remediating and re-using asbestos-contaminated materials

Joe Jackson
Managing Director - Remediation, Keltbray Remediation

12.05 Q&A



12.15 Lunch



Spotlight on New & Innovative Remediation Technologies

This session will involve a series of case-study presentations illustrating the costs, benefits and practical application of emerging innovative water and soil remediation technologies

13.15 Examining the potential for molecular biological tools to improve the design, implementation, field performance, and monitoring of remediation technologies


Dr Henry Nicholls
Research Associate in Microbial Community Interactions, Groundwater Protection and Restoration Group, Kroto Research Institute, University of Sheffield

13.40 In-situ thermal  desorption using Electrical Resistance Heating - European case studies

Tim Warner
Vice President, Operations & Co-Managing Director, TRS Europe

13.55 Examining the cleanup of PFC (PFAS and PFOS) contaminated waters via precipitation using Perfluorad technology

A Case Study of PFAS treatment at Nuremberg Airport using Perfluorad technology

Quentin Hulm
Managing Director, Cornelsen

14.10 A decade of large-scale enhanced reductive dechlorination; examining the evolution in the usage of a high-volume controlled-release electron donor substrate.

Using case studies from technology launch up to ongoing projects, this presentation will discuss the development in the understanding, design and application of a slow release carbon substrate used to provide the enhanced reductive dechlorination of halogenated compounds.

Created to treat large-scale plumes synonymous with problematic chlorinated solvent contamination, the technology was created to transport widely through the subsurface post-injection, whilst avoiding wash-out and still providing an effective and sustained treatment rate.

The presentation will cover the lessons-learned through application into a wide range of geological and geochemical settings across Europe and America, targeting a number of contaminants, with concentrations ranging from DNAPL to low dissolved phase. It will also discuss the merits of integration of enhanced reductive dechlorination with physical and chemical technologies in order to optimise treatment onsite.

Gareth Leonard
Managing Director, Europe, REGENESIS

14.30 Q&A



14.50 Afternoon refreshments


15.15 Case study of a gasworks remediation using a combination of remediation techniques

Tony Brown
Director of Ground Engineering, Mouchel

15.40 Best practice solutions for effective stakeholder engagement and communication during a remediation project

  • Quantifying the health, social, and environmental effects of remediation and building these into a coherent risk management and communication strategy
  • Understanding public perception of the risks and why remediation is required, and the likely factors of resistance:
    • effectively identifying and communicating the difference between perceived and actual risks
    • demonstrating that the benefit of remediation is greater than its impact
  • Choosing the most appropriate channel, tone and method for communicating with different stakeholders and facilitating early, genuine and effective engagement
  • Case Study: Successfully winning hearts and minds and overcoming resistance

Dr Cecilia Macleod
Director, WYG Group

16.05 Q&A



16.15 Closing remarks from the Chairman and close of conference





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