University of Greenwich

CampbellReith was appointed by the University of Greenwich to provide a full range of land quality and waste appraisal services. The proposed scheme comprises a multi storey School of Architecture and Construction and a Library, with ground floor retail and exhibition space. The development includes a major basement excavation and construction.

The historic use of the site resulted in a wide range of hydrocarbon, metal and asbestos based contaminants. These affected the Made Ground and River Terrace Deposits and presented a potential risk to the aquifer and human health due to ground gas. The project was further complicated by the close proximity of residential properties, the potential presence of UXO, archaeological constraints and ground obstructions.

CampbellReith produced the remediation strategy, implementation plan and remediation specifications for the purpose of the site redevelopment and subsequently provided the verification supervision and reporting in order to discharge planning conditions.

Besides that, we completed a number of assessments which were intended to ‘add value’ by facilitating improved design decisions. These works included detailed assessments of waste classification and quantitative modelling of volatile ground gas (as shown on the adjacent image). This allowed the omission of high cost gas protection measures which were not required by merit of our assessments.

In addition the waste appraisals allowed the selection of an economic and sustainable recycling option for waste materials using off-site waste treatment facilities.

CampbellReith was finalist in the Sustainability Category in the Ground Engineering 2013 Awards for this project.

Sectors: Environmental

Services: Education