Delving into the history of Selly Oak site through our soil remediation

remediation-worksWe’ve been delving into the history of the site as part of an initiative to promote the science behind the remediation works.

Contractors P.J Carey, part of The Carey Group Ltd., are carrying out the clean-up operations and tackling a variety of waste materials as they go, including hot ash and coal tar, as well as commercial and industrial waste left over from the former uses of the site. These include the Birmingham Battery Company and a period when the site was used as landfill.

In planning the sampling, analysis and treatment of each ‘waste stream’, which includes the use of an on-site laboratory and ‘soil hospital’ and targets to make safe and re-use over 90% of materials, the team has gained a greater understanding of the site’s history. It has now brought the information together for local residents and students.

A brief history of the site and the science behind the remediation works are now on display on hoardings near the roundabout at the top of Aston Webb Boulevard.

The hoarding graphics can be seen alongside artwork created by local primary school children, which is already on display around the site. The remediation team is now also planning to extend the initiative by arranging site visits with local university and college students who are studying environmental sciences and construction management courses.

The visits will take place later this summer and provide students with some practical experience of remediation and waste treatment.

Alex Shearer, Sainsbury’s Project Manager, said: “Having learnt about the site as a result of our research, we thought we would share details about its history on the hoardings and the website. We also want to show people our approach to treating the waste materials and re-using them on site. We now look forward to local students visiting the site in the coming weeks to gain some practical experience.”