Proposed amenity space
Conduct a phase 1 environmental report to assess the risks to sensitive receptors both on and off-site due to soil and groundwater contamination as a result of the proposed development.
The proposed development consists of conversion of existing farm out building into single dwelling. There will be an external amenity space, located to the south of the proposed dwelling, currently part of the farmhouse garden. As the proposed amenity space had always been a garden this was not considered to pose an elevated risk, however some further investigation was recommended into the potential for elevated levels of radon gas in the area.
Undertake a site visit and prepare a phase 1 environmental report.
The report was required as part of the pre-purchase due diligence for a chemical storage and distribution site in Aberdeen. On site were offices and chemical storage facilities with a number of external above ground storage tanks. A drainage ditch ran along the rear boundary.
The proposed development site is located on the side of the valley adjacent to a shaft and engine house for a former copper mine that worked between 1817 and 1874 producing almost 25,000 tons of copper ore. This site has also been used as a telephone exchange and radio hut during the war as well as a private workshop and printers.
It was an interesting challenge to attempt to offer pragmatic cost effective options for safe development for residential use. With risk of contamination and possibility of ground instability the structural integrity of the mine shaft, the surrounding wall and the nearby chimney all to be considered it certainly makes for an interesting project.