Case Study

Picow Farm Road, Runcorn

The site had been disused for a number of years and collaboration between MCI, Halton Borough Council and Halton Housing Trust ensured that this important development could proceed. DBR provided a fixed price remediation and enabling scheme to deliver the site development platform and produce all required sub-soils from processed site won material.

Key Information

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Client - MCI Developments / Halton Housing Trust
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Start date - April 2018
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Site - Picow Farm Road
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Status - Completed
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Area - 1.96ha
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Location - Runcorn
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Former Use - Infilled Former Clay Pit & Recreational Pitches with Car Parking
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Programme - 6 months

The Challenge

The site comprised a rectangular parcel of land circa. 1.96ha in area, of rough open grass with a disused car park in the east. The objectives for the turnkey remedial scheme at the site were to:
  • Fulfil regulatory requirements in order to satisfy Planning Condition;
  • To ensure the site condition is suitable for the proposed future residential use;
  • Manage any remediation works such that operational risks including release of dust, odours, vapours and noise are controlled to protect 3rd parties and the wider environment;
  • To ensure that post-remediation there are no residual unacceptable risks associated with the site, to human health via future excavation or development works;
  • Provide a fixed price for works prior to remedial strategy approval.

The Solution

DBR designed and undertook the enabling & remedial works for the site to include:

  • Site wide clearance & tree removal;
  • Material Management Planning for Re-use;
  • Pre-treatment and classification of selected site material for off-site disposal of surplus;
  • Excavation, processing and stockpiling of sub-soil for re-use;
  • Re-engineering of suitable site-won materials to deliver Road and plot platforms;
  • Validation of all enabling works and garden works;
  • Full regulatory approval.


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I could not speak more highly of DBR and the team. I have personally used their consultancy / contracting services on over 20 sites over the years. They were / are our go to remediation contractor. Daf and the team provide bespoke value engineering to suit the client in a cost effective and transparent way. This is unusual in the remediation world. Daf is honest, professional and highly intelligent at what he does.
Andy Garnett

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