2 September 2009
International delegates from as far afield as China, Nigeria and Ghana visit a National Grid site in Poplin Street, Dalmarnock to see the latest techniques and technologies used in the remediation of contaminated land.
The delegates are in Scotland to attend a high-level professional development course offered by David Livingston Centre for Sustainability (DLCS) at Strathclyde University in collaboration with United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).
The visitors will also learn about a new Soil Treatment facility to be established in the heart of Glasgow’s East End Regeneration Area.
Professor Robert Kalin of Strathclyde University requested the visit to observe operations at Poplin Street. Here, Principal Contractors I&H Brown and Geo-environmental Engineers WYG Environment will give practical demonstrations showing how geological, hydrological, air quality and chemical analytical data are monitored and evaluated during site investigations and improvement projects.
Frank Evans of National Grid says: ”We are constantly researching and testing alternative methodologies. As a result, we are widely regarded as an innovator and leader in the use of on-site solutions. We are happy to demonstrate our working methods to the visiting delegation. The DLCS /UNIDO course content is a good fit with National Grid’s goal to provide strategic advice and effective management for property remediation issues. The status of these delegates offers an ideal opportunity to influence best practice worldwide”.
Phil Amos, Project Manager for WYG says: "We have a track record of providing creative solutions to some of the world’s most challenging projects and were delighted to be able to aid Strathclyde Universitywith their international development course. The Workshop exercises, along with site visits to observe the investigation and remediation processes, should give the delegates a good understanding of the issues associated with addressing land contamination and returning brownfield sites to beneficial use."
National Grid is preparing the Poplin Street site for tenant Greensoilutions (Scotland) Ltd who will treat and recycle construction materials using innovative, eco-friendly methods to minimise waste from this and other regeneration projects in the region.