Brownfield Remediation and Site Enabling Project

Brownfield Remediation and Site Enabling



Far East Consortium (FEC) joint venture with Manchester City Council


Brownfield Remediation and Site Enabling


Collyhurst Village, Manchester

How long

8 months


Regeneration of the Garden and Village site at Collyhurst, part of phase one of Manchester Victoria North. This is the North of England’s largest urban regeneration project with FEC delivering 244 new homes in partnership with Manchester City Council.

This important brownfield site is close to the city centre and key to the ongoing regeneration of this area.  It was formerly occupied by a mixture of residential dwellings, including smaller-scale terraced housing, and a public house.

The site had relic structures, including deep foundations, below ground tanks and contaminated soils.



Working with our geoenvironmental team we assisted with the design of an earthworks specification and remediation strategy.  Our land remediation team won the competitive tender to act as Principal Contractor and mobilised to the site to install circa 1,500m of Weld Mesh hoarding.

The strategy involved bulk earthworks incorporating extensive service disconnection and diversion works that formed a significant part of the contracted works.  This required planning and arranging work with the utility companies and overseeing operations undertaken by their sub-contractors.

Following the appropriate ecological checks, we established tree protection fencing before commencing the removal of invasive plants and trees.  We commissioned the required archaeological works and undertook the delicate excavations.

Contaminated soils were remediated and site generated materials were utilised to form a construction platform across the site.  All works were carried out under the CL:AIRE Code of Practice. After completing remediation work we gained full regulatory sign-off.


Our earthworks and piling mat designs minimised waste to landfill and by maximising sustainable re-use of materials we also reduced the requirement for imported aggregates.

Combining consultancy and contracting services reduced the client’s workload, saving time and money.