The Hickson and Welch site was a chemical manufacturing site opened in 1931 and produced a wide range of chemicals up until its closure in 2005. During its lifetime, it operated two private, chemical waste landfills, and one chemical drum storage area, which, since the site closed, have been identified as contaminated land sites. These contaminated land sites are adjacent to the River Aire, and are within a 100 year flood zone.
The site has been investigated by many other consultancies in the past, however, no-one had been able to propose a feasible and cost-effective remedial solution.
NewFields began by compiling the data from the previous site investigations into a single database and geographic information system (GIS). This allowed all the stakeholders to fully understand the site, identify the data gaps, obtain a clear picture of the risks of the site and what needed to be achieved to close the sites. We developed a strategic plan and remedy which satisfied the business needs of both the client who was responsible for the contaminated land impacts and the current property owner. The remedial strategy was approved by the Environment Agency and Wakefield Council.