8 October 2010
Planned remediation of a former gasworks in Newport, South Wales won Best Conceptual Design at this week’s Brownfield Briefing Remediation Innovation Awards 2010.
Held at the Grange City Hotel, London the awards recognise both achievement and innovation within the remediation industry. The Best Conceptual Design Award was received by global infrastructure and advisory services specialist, WYG and project partners, QDS who are specialist providers of remediation contracting services. WYG provided outline and detailed conceptual remediation designs.
The site, now home to a brand new 110,000 square foot flagship store, is of significant importance as it is located adjacent to a sensitive watercourse designated by the Countryside Council for Wales as a site of special scientific interest and a special area of conservation (SSSI/SAC).
Alex Egan, Principal Geo-Environmental Engineer, WYG said: “For our work to be recognised through this award is a great achievement which reflects the high quality, value-added professional services we provide combined with the creative solutions we are able to offer.
“With the site so close to an area of special scientific interest and conservation, it meant that we had to ensure what we were doing did not adversely impact on this. One of the challenges we faced was to design and install a system which was capable of aggressively remediating groundwater in the deep aquifer (underground layer of water-bearing permeable soil and rock), some 15-20m below the site, whilst preventing unmanaged migration of contamination off site towards the River Usk. The challenges were compounded by a requirement to complete construction and achieve regulatory support by the time the region plays host to the first Ryder Cup, which was held in Wales this month. The design and installation of the remediation system therefore had to run concurrent with construction of the store.”
“Our specialist and creative consultants have worked closely with QDS and our client to plan sustainable remediation allowing full store trading in time for Newport’s hosting of the Ryder Cup.”
For more information on the awards visit http://www.brownfieldbriefing.com/Remediation-Innovation-Awards/home
Photo caption L-R: Sir Roy McNulty, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority; Alex Egan, Principal Geo-Environmental Engineer, WYG; Robert Timpson, QDS & stand-up comedienne, Shappi Khorsandi