Ground & Water was tasked with investigating potential risk factors pertaining to the site of the former Copyhold Works near Redhill. The investigation was with reference to former and present day potential contaminative uses and their impact on sensitive receptors.
Our client was one of the UK’s leading new home developers, who had acquired the 17.3-hectare former Fuller’s Earth quarry and processing plant for re-development.
Having considered the former use of the site Ground & Water decided to undertake a Phase I and Phase II investigation.
Our biggest challenge was the derelict, uneven, size and overgrown nature of this former industrial site. The east of the site was disused and very overgrown. The concrete footprints of the former Copyhold Works and laboratory buildings could be seen in the central west and central south respectively. Stockpiles of Fuller’s Earth and other materials were recorded in numerous locations. The former Copyhold Works and laboratory buildings were also on a raised platform. The former quarry in the north-east was very overgrown and appeared to not have been infilled to ground level. The wooded area in the south-west was also very overgrown and is significantly higher than the former laboratory buildings location. The levels were also undulating where it appeared soils had been stockpiled. The west of the site was a farmers field.