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West Berkshire Waste project in ICE Award South East win

3 August 2010



The West Berkshire Waste Site Remediation and Enabling Works scheme has won the Environmental Engineering category at the ICE’s South East England (Thames Valley Branch) Engineering Excellence Awards. 

A Capita Symonds team worked with client West Berkshire Council and contractors Bam Nuttall on the project which used early engagement and liaison to develop and manage a remediation strategy that significantly reduced the impact on the local area in relation to vehicle movements and excess noise.  

The site, which comprised old railway sidings and railway landfill, required substantial earthworks to deliver a formation suitable for piling, a 0.4 hectare lake and the management of risks for off-site migration of organic pollutants.

Earthworks involved treating over 69,000 tonnes of material (partly by covered biopile technologies and partly by encapsulation beneath a cap). 94% of this soil was used for building platforms and acoustic bunds with 4.2% stockpiled for future use and 1.8% sent to recycling facilities.

Heavy oil spillages within an old coal bunker and leaking interceptor pit were dealt with primarily using pump and dispose techniques.

The Capita Symonds team also developed good relationships in the local community, holding meetings with representatives from the neighbouring community and businesses.  A donation of much needed furniture was also made to the local community centre.

Capita Symonds provided project management, highways supervision, cost consultancy, contract advice, ecology, CDM and earthwork design services on the scheme.