Mining Searches UK Launches Land Contamination Intelligence Service

Contaminated land has the potential to cause harm to a property, the environment and occupants, and can often come as unwelcome information to developers and land owners. Land can become contaminated due to the release of hazardous materials or waste, as well as also sometimes being the result of naturally occurring substances. It can also be the result of historic site activities, this includes past mining activity, chemical or oil spills, as well as waste disposal.

Contaminated land may be present in both natural and waste soils, which in turn could create potential human health risks or pose potential risks to the proposed development or adjacent land. However, land contamination does not necessarily mean putting a stop to development or acquisitions plans.

The team at Mining Searches UK understands the issues presented by land contamination and now offers Land Contamination Intelligence as part of its extensive expert services. This unique and innovative service predicts contaminated land hazards as part of a project’s risk assessment, which in turn will allow developers and agents to prioritise their acquisitions, plan contingencies and intelligently plan site layouts, long before any work begins.

The service is available following extensive research conducted by the Mining Searches UK team, which included analysing thousands of data points from 40 years of site investigations across Cornwall, as well as parts of the UK. Using their unrivalled mining archive, hotspot analysis has enabled the identification of over 40 different contaminants in Cornwall – the result of both historic mining activity, geology and natural mineralisation.

Using all available data of known contamination areas, the Mining Searches UK team will produce a map of a proposed development area, highlighting where is suitable for different types of construction and occupation. For example, where contamination is relatively low, the map would outline where is suitable for residential occupation, allotments or gardens. Where contamination is at a higher level, data will also show what parts of the land are suitable for commercial/industrial development, or not suitable for more sensitive proposed uses.

Brian Poole, Senior Geologist at Mining Searches UK said: “Thanks to the work of our expert team, it is fantastic to be able to announce our new Land Contamination Intelligence service. We have utilised our extensive and unrivalled mining archive and real-world contamination data to identify contamination related to mining activity, geology and natural mineralisation.

“There are numerous benefits of using the service for land owners and developers and by allowing initial zoning of a mixed development site, the results will help to minimise potential remediation costs, aid in strategic planning and cost predictions, as well as intelligently planning necessary investigations of potential contamination on site. We are also continuing to develop the model further and hope to provide more information on additional areas across the UK in the near future.”

If you would like to find out more about the new Land Contamination Intelligence service, call the Mining Searches team on 01209 218861.