Manchester City College Campus Regeneration

This project saw the regeneration of the iconic Boddingtons Brewery site for the Manchester City College campus regeneration. The site presented several challenges, including significant level changes and retaining walls. We dealt with the historic contamination on the site and the relic structures. This included the deep foundations of a former chimney, below ground tanks and wells.



Willmott Dixon


Contaminated Land Remediation with Site Validation


Former Boddingtons Brewery, Manchester

How long

16 Weeks

How long

16 Weeks


The city college campus regeneration works were carefully coordinated by The LK Group. Phased handovers occurred to allow other trades to start and get ahead of the programme.


The LK Group aided in designing the land remediation strategy. Subsequently, we implemented a watching brief to prevent environmental risks during archaeological works.

We received a commission to design and construct a permanent concrete block retaining wall. Removing deep relic structures, including the base of the famous Boddington’s chimney, and decommissioning abstraction wells demanded considerable effort. However, we successfully completed the remediation work and obtained full regulatory sign-off.


Our earthworks and piling mat designs minimised waste to landfill and by maximising the sustainable re-use of materials, we also reduced the requirement for imported aggregates. Combining both our in-house consultancy and contracting services meant that we were able to reduce our client’s workload, saving time and money.

This project demonstrates how combining our consultancy and contracting services can achieve a successful outcome for any complex remediation project. With our experience in contaminated land management, we can help you move your scheme forward quickly and efficiently, ensuring a cost-effective solution that safeguards the environment.

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