A guide to small brownfield sites and land contamination

We have been please to both sponsor this guide and to take an active part in the steering group, guiding development of the guide,  described by CIRIA as “essential reading for anyone who doesn’t routinely develop brownfield sites, or for those who are up-scaling into small developments”.

Our hope is that this guide will help all those involved in smaller brownfield projects to make realistic appraisals of the risks and to the avoid the potential pitfalls of potentially contaminated sites. It is written in plain English to ensure it can be used by anyone, there are of course some technical words but for instance words like “pre-acquisition ” have been dropped in favour of “before you buy”.

The chapters deal with:

The Project Team

Before Buying a Small Brownfield Site

The Planning Application

Preparing for Building Works



A flow chart picks out the key issues to be managed at each of the above stages.

There is a launch event on 4 October at CIRIA’s London office