University of Birmingham students visit site

Sainsbury’s, along with contractor P.J Carey, has welcomed students from University of Birmingham to the Selly Oak development site to get some practical experience.

32 students, studying for their Master’s degree in Environmental Health and Occupational Health & Safety visited the site of the former Birmingham Battery Company to see first-hand the remediation works taking place ahead of construction next year.

Students got to experience a major site remediation project and the measures project teams use to ensure safety for their workforce and any neighbours.

The Selly Oak site provided a unique opportunity for the students to learn about the safe treatment of different waste materials. Due to the various uses of the site, including the Birmingham Battery Company and a period of landfill, a variety of industrial and commercial waste is being remediated, having built up over a number of decades.

Following a presentation in the site office, Carey’s project manager Clive Medden led the students on a tour that included the laboratory, soil hospital and areas of land that are being prepared for construction works.

Alex Shearer, Sainsbury’s Project Manager, said: “The Selly Oak site has presented a unique opportunity for students to learn more about environmental health and occupational safety in the construction industry, which will serve them well as they continue their studies. It was great to be able to do this for them and we wish them well as they continue with their degrees.”

Mr Alexander Poynter, Post-Doctoral Researcher at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham, comments: “Our students were very grateful for the opportunity to visit the Selly Oak remediation site as it has given them a first-hand insight into the remediation of the former contaminated land.  It was excellent to see that there could be a further collaborative opportunity through student project work.  Many thanks to the project team for being so open and accommodating to our visit.”