In 2020, Cognition teamed up with Climate Care to offset our total annual emissions and becoming Carbon Neutral for the first time. In the same year, the company committed to stay proactive, adopting and developing more sustainable remediation methodologies, selection of materials and energy sources we use, reducing the need for offset element of our emissions. Our long-term goal is to continue improving efficiency and minimise emissions from our routine site and office operations across the board.
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Burgess Hill, Sewage Treatment Works and Landfill

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The client:Fairbridge Developments
Services:Demolition, landfill remediation, bioremediation, water treatment, earthworks, soil stabilisation, ecological management.

The Challenge:

The former sewage treatment works was demolished and, together with a former landfill on the site,  remediated to make way for 325 residential dwellings, a community hall and new roads and infrastructure.  Since closure in 2005, the site was left unmanaged, causing the tanks to fill with rainwater and the site to become overgrown with vegetation, including Japanese knotweed along the river boundary. Soil was contaminated with TPH, deleterious waste from a former landfill site and asbestos, with a total of 100,000 tonnes of material requiring treatment. In addition, the site was recognised as being ecologically sensitive due to the large population of Great Crested Newts and the presence of the River Adur which bordered part of the site. This meant that careful planning and management was required throughout the works.

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The Approach

Cognition was appointed Principal Contractor to carry out enabling works prior to the entire demolition of the structures across the site.  As Principal Contractor Cognition carefully planned the works going forward to ensure a successful outcome for all parties. The key elements of these works included;

  • Complete the ecological mitigation works which involved wildlife clearance and monitoring;
  • Carry out environmental monitoring plan including installation of dust and odour control systems;
  • Delineation and removal of Japanese knotweed stands;
  • Engage with and agree the discharge consent with the Environment Agency prior to treating water which had collected in tanks and lagoons;
  • Demolition of all tanks and structures, including processing of material for re-use on site and removal of the underground tanks and pipework;
  • Carry out Intrusive site investigations in preparation for later works;
  • Bioremediation of hydrocarbon contaminated soils;
  • Soil stabilisation and construction of sections of the new service roads;
  • Excavation and treatment of former landfill site with removal of deleterious waste and recovery of soils for re-use within the site under a Materials Management Plan;
  • Carry out all earthworks cut / fill operations including all testing and classification of soils to meet end requirements and disposal of waste items

The Outcome

The site was returned to our Client with all works complying with the end use requirements for the new development. All remediation and ecological works were carried out to the satisfaction of the regulators, and the site re-profiled to meet the development requirements.

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