Working with you at an early stage, McAuliffe can help to establish the likely costs, timescales and potential methods for land remediation.

The critical aspect to all remediation projects is the initial site investigation, subsequent risk assessments and remediation strategy; this is where the scope and costs are set, not when tenders are returned!

Sadly it is common place, particularly on complex sites, for inadequate site investigations to be carried out, which leads to inadequate or over-scoped remediation strategies. Not only does this involve the client in unnecessary costs, but can lead to disputes with regulators leading to potential significant delays to the project by months and sometimes years.

McAuliffe can offer a range of remediation technologies to suit your project requirement. This can include:

  • Ex-situ soils treatment
  • Soil stabilisation / solidification
  • In-situ groundwater treatment
  • Waste pre-treatment for disposal
  • Tank decommissioning / liquid disposal
  • Concurrent concrete and foundation removal

We aim to help your project avoid the usual pitfalls and deliver best value, measured by cost, time, quality and sustainability. We have long standing partnering arrangements with our clients and often provide input at land acquisition stage at no cost. We also offer consultancy input on a no win, no fee basis, depending on the success of land acquisition and planning.

We can have significant impact at the three key stages to any remediation project, namely:


We can work with you and your consultants throughout the site investigation, risk assessment and remediation design stages. With our experience of different consultants and projects, together with our 'trusted know how', our clients know we will achieve the optimum solution with practical and achievable remedial target values, which regulators are happy to accept.

This is a critical stage and one in which we increasingly find ourselves supporting clients and their consultants; either following on from stage one or when discussions have broken down with the regulators. We have excellent relationships with Environmental Health and Environment Agency Officers in different regions, gained through our contracting reputation and design input.

This is the delivery stage, where we have to deliver and meet the agreed criteria. We can offer internally and/or with our handpicked partners, a variety of innovative physical, chemical and biological remediation technologies, for the treatment of a wide range of contaminants.

A further important aspect is that following demolition of above ground structure remediation schemes almost always involve the reclamation of the existing concrete slabs, deep foundations/bases and underground tanks/ services.


It is crucial that this work is planned and carried out in conjunction with the remediation strategy, to avoid cross contamination and potentially worsening the existing contamination. This is also often combined with the re-profiling of the site, to ensure that correct site levels (minimising off-site disposal) and geo-technical standards are achieved for the follow on development. Permitting stand-alone demolition removes these opportunities.

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