In partnership with the Yorkshire Contaminated Land Forum (YCLF) and North East Contaminated Land Forum (NECLF), the North West Brownfield Regeneration Forum (NWBRF) held their “Summer Conference 2019” on Monday 01 July 2019 at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. Organised to take place during SEGH (Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health) 2019, the 35th International Conference on Geochemistry and Health and in association with a host of sponsors, 86 delegates gathered to hear a series of presentations on the theme of adding value through contaminated land remediation.

The regular “What’s New?” slot was filled by Angela Haslam from the Environment Agency, introducing delegates to “Land Contamination: Risk Management” or LCRM, which replaces the Contaminated Land Model Procedures (CLR11) in December 2019. Angela confirmed that the scope and framework is unchanged, but LCRM reforms CLR11 and presents content in a dynamic, web-based format. The main programme began with Nicola Harries from CL:AIRE presentation on the current position of the “Sustainable Remediation Assessment” in the UK, an approach to remediation that considers social benefits as well as environmental and economic factors, as promoted by SuRF-UK. Nicola confirmed that the concept of sustainable remediation is progressing, with multiple SuRFs now present throughout the world and that ongoing work has already helped inform a new ISO standard (ISO18504:2017). Paul Bardos from R3 Environmental then spoke about “Soft Remediation”, the importance of a sustainable approach and consideration of the legacy element to cleaning up brownfield land. Port Sunlight Riverside Park in Merseyside was cited as an example and Paul demonstrated how the former landfill was turned into a valuable community asset and ecological resource through careful planning and partnership-working.

After the refreshment and networking break, “Social Value and Remediation” was the next theme, presented by Holly Crossland and Kate Canning from Arup. The speakers presented work undertaken by Arup-sponsored Manchester University PhD student Cara Mulholland (who unfortunately could not be attend) into how social value can be derived from remediation schemes, producing wider benefits for stakeholders and ensuring projects are socially successful as well as technically successful. The final speaker was Euan Hall, representing The Land Trust, an independent charity set up by English Partnerships to provide sustainable green open spaces for local communities. Euan spoke about “Bringing Value from Brownfield” and emphasised the importance of brownfield land as a resource. He explained how the intrinsic value of brownfield land is not just financial, but more the potential cost of leaving brownfield as an untapped resource. Euan then described several case studies in detail, including the regenerated former oil refinery site at Canvey Wick in Essex, now hailed by the RSPB as a “brownfield rainforest” due to the unique and rare bird and invertebrate species that have populated the site since remediation was completed.

The presentations were each followed by a Q&A session, where delegates were given the opportunity to ask the various speakers specific queries concerning the subject matter covered.

The presentation slides are to be made available to delegates. Details of the speakers and presentations will be posted on the NWBRF website (www.nwbrforum.org) and the YCLF website (http://www.yclf.org.uk).

The NWBRF would like to thank event sponsors (Sirius Group; Redstart; Arup; RSK; PeroxyChem; TerraConsult; and E3P) for their support and the YCLF and NECLF for their collaboration in facilitating the event.

NWBRF Contact Details:

Kate Canning

Sally Shaw

Suze Southern

NWBRF Steering Group

info@nwbrforum.org

YCLF Contact Details:

Jenny Lightfoot

Ann Barker

YCLF Steering Group

info@yclf.org.uk