Brownfield Land Inspection and Testing

Utilising MCERT accredited laboratories, our team of specialist Brownfield Land Hazardous Materials Surveyors and analysts are certified to assess your ground and soils for various contaminants that could be hazardous to health.

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What are Brownfield lands?

Brownfield lands are lands that have previously been used for commercial or industrial purposes but have since have become unused or derelict.

Unlike Greenfield lands (sites where there has been no previous development on the land), Brownfield lands, due to their historic purposes, may be contaminated with various substances that could potentially be hazardous to health and the environment if not identified and treated.

What is Brownfield contaminated land?

Brownfield Contaminated land due to its historic nature may be potentially contaminated with hazardous materials that can pose unacceptable risk to individuals or the surrounding environment. There are two type of contaminated land:

  • Legally Defined Contaminated Land - contaminated land that poses unacceptable risks to individuals, protected species, surface water, and the environment. This land is legally required to be managed by the ‘responsible person’(person responsible for the contamination or land owner). Such land may have previously been used for factories, mines, refineries, and landfill. 

In some cases, on specialist sites, contaminated land may be acceptable when properly managed and is strictly regulated and subject to permits.

  • Non-legally Defined Contaminated Land - contaminated land that the ‘responsible person’ is still responsible for managing the contamination. In this instance the ‘responsible person’ will likely be the individual who has caused the contamination or the landowner.

Your local authority or government will decide if your land is legally contaminated or not and will appoint the ‘responsible person’ where necessary to manage and/or remediate the contamination.

What are my responsibilities?

Under the Land Contamination: Risk Management guidance, it is a legal requirement that the ‘responsible person’ i.e. the land owner or person responsible for causing the contamination takes steps to either manage the contamination or remediate to prevent further risk to life and the environment.

If you suspect your Brownfield land could be contaminated with a hazardous substance or you are unsure, our team of Environmental Consultants can conduct initial desktop studies to assess the likelihood of contamination in your land prior to contaminated land survey and testing works, helping you to manage your project costs.

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