Preparing the land
Dargavel Village is built on the site of a former explosives factory. We have spent four years decontaminating all of the redundant buildings and preparing them for demolition.
As part of the first phases of remediation, we have cleared and decontaminated 520 acres of land.
To make this happen, we have a team of experienced environmental specialists who carry out this remediation work – a procedure which we’ve completed safely at other BAE Systems and Ministry of Defence sites across the UK for more than 23 years.
During the remediation process we have to ensure that the site’s ecology is managed and protected and this requires constant attention from our team of ecologists to help us prepare new habitats for many species living on and around the development. This work is closely regulated and monitored by Scottish Natural Heritage and we value our close working relationship with this national body.
We have also completed the construction of a licensed landfill which has been receiving non-recyclable waste as and when required by the site remediation processes. Once the landfill operation is complete, it will be sealed and properly capped, and then finished with landscaping and the planting of woodland.
In December 2015, the Planning Authority for Renfrewshire Council approved a ‘Remediation Verification’ for the phase two land which means that the land meets the standards agreed with the regulators and is now ready for the construction of housing.
Sustainability is an important ingredient of the remediation process and we ensure that, where possible, materials are recycled back into beneficial reuse. At the start of the redevelopment, we set a target of recycling or reusing over 90% of waste materials generated as a result of the demolition of former factory buildings, earthworks for the new construction and soil treatment processes.
During the first phases of remediation, we have successfully recycled 95% of the materials from the demolished buildings and we are continuously working with Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) to minimise the impact of the site works on the local community adjacent to the site.
The remaining non-recyclable building waste and soil will be retained on-site at the purpose built landfill facility thus avoiding heavy lorries leaving the site onto local roads. This facility will, eventually, be landscaped to form part of the community woodland park.
Keeping everyone safe
Safety is paramount and we are committed to keeping the development safe for the people who live in and around Bishopton, and for the people working and visiting there.
We have established systems and processes in place to ensure all the remediation work we do meets the stringent regulations set by Renfrewshire Council and SEPA and we continue to work very closely with them to make sure all the required standards are met.
Our commitment applies to everything from protecting air and water quality, to health and safety on site, as well as minimising the potential for disruption and nuisance which may result from the heavy engineering works involved in the process.
At the end of 2015, the site was awarded the ‘Certificate of Performance Beyond Compliance’ from the Considerate Constructors Scheme. The Scheme monitors the work on-site and measures it against set criteria including care of site appearance, respect for the community, protection of the environment, health and safety and security and valuing the workforce.