Description of work
This project was a bit different to our normal ones. The owner of a new local building development in Bath asked us if we would be able to undertake this tricky task which involved 100 tonnes of contaminated top soil being removed from a site because it did not meet the local authorities’ specification. This had to be replaced with a further supply of 100 tonnes of uncontaminated soil to replace it. In addition, there were constraints involving other trades attempting to work on site while we were undertaking the soil removal.
The job was tricky because all the buildings had been constructed along with all the retaining walls. In Bath, because of the geography of the area, a lot of the gardens are quite challenging to access especially on the sites that need excavating, so our experience was useful on this project. The job required a team of six as the soil had to be physically dug out by hand and transferred to a small dumper which could access the restricted site and transfer it to a holding bay. Once in the holding bay we could use grab lorries which removed the soil from site.
The next challenge was getting the good soil back on site. Due to the contamination of the original soil, a consultancy firm had been tasked with analysing the new soil and this was to be a random sample once all the soil had been delivered to site. Once again, the challenges of the site involved getting 100 tonnes of soil in bulk bags into a restricted area. Following a successful inspection on the local building development by a consultancy firm, we were able to do the reverse operation with 100 bulk bags of Raycox top soil brought onto the site and spread.
Because of the small size of the plot this job was quite a challenge and required intense manual handing rather than the ability to use labour saving equipment. Luckily, we were able to use a small team to move the job on swiftly and reduce any delays which would have been a problem for the developer.
- Client: Bath City Centre
- Date: March 2018
- Categories: Landscaping