Site Background & History
The Little Heath Works (Acordis Acetate Courtaulds factory) was opened in 1926. The works were subsequently closed in 2007 and underwent demolition to slab level in 2010.
The 40-acre site in Coventry has been granted permission by Coventry City Council for the development of 344 new homes, with ten acres given over to a detailed commercial scheme. Persimmon Homes were developing the residential element.
Envirotreat was previously involved in the remediation element of the commercial scheme (Lex Autolease).
Previous site investigations by both WSP and latterly ASL indicated a number of the areas of the site as being potential sources of contamination (both soil and groundwater), reflecting the historical manufacturing activities undertaken on the site as a whole.
Cuddy Group (the Main Contractor) commissioned Envirotreat to formulate a remediation strategy to address the identified ‘hotspot’ contamination areas and address a number of planning conditions relating to remediation, contamination and the site’s former usage.
The proposed remediation strategy was designed to address the requirements of the regulatory bodies in relation to the protection of human health and controlled waters and to address the statutory planning conditions relating to contaminated land. The remediation strategy comprised of E-Clay Stabilisation of the source contamination (soil and associated groundwater) together with a ‘watching brief’ during the enabling works for identifying, addressing and validating further contamination. This latter point to address a number of planning conditions stipulated by the Coventry City Council.