A site investigation is often regarded as an essential part of the preliminary design of any construction project and is used to determine the geological, engineering and contamination characteristics of the site.
Developers have obligations to comply with contaminated land regulations through the planning process, or where warranty is provided through bodies such as the NHBC or Zurich, they must comply with similar technical requirements, which is where site investigations come in.
Our experienced multi-disciplinary teams of professional engineers and scientists (including Specialist in Land Condition – SiLC) are very experienced in the technical requirements for an effective site investigation and are able to guide you through each stage of the process, ensuring a technically robust and cost effective solution.
- Phase 1 Desk Study – A desk study is often described as Phase 1 of a site investigation and forms the basis of the preliminary risk assessment. The desk study generally includes a visual inspection (walkover survey) of the site and its surrounding area.
- Phase 2 Site Investigation – We ensure that the site investigation is designed and implemented correctly. Where necessary the scope of works can be integrated to cover both geotechnical and environmental concerns. The advantage of having our own specialist site plant and equipment to conduct the Phase II Site Investigation also allows us to efficiently manage and tailor each project to the Clients’ needs as well as react rapidly to any unexpected or changing site conditions.
- Phase 3 Remediation Options Appraisal & Design – In a rapidly changing environmental market, there are a wide range of issues and potential liabilities that can affect new and existing developments. We make sure our environmental engineers are fully up to date with the very latest site investigation requirements, remediation solutions, remediation strategy, and concepts, so that they are able to advise and agree on an effective phase III remediation strategy with regulators and clients.
- Phase 4 Supervision and Verification – Whether we are operating in a management or supervisory role, we will ensure that sufficient information is collected and documented during the site investigation process to meet the needs of the project and allow approval and sign-off from regulatory authorities.