Brownfield Remediation and Site Enabling Project

Rochdale Riverside



Willmott Dixon


Contaminated Land Remediation with Site Validation


Rochdale Riverside, Rochdale

How long

13 Weeks


In partnership with developer Genr8 Developments and Japanese investor Kajima, Rochdale Development Agency was delivering the regeneration of this brownfield site, formerly occupied by commercial and industrial buildings, on behalf of Rochdale Council. In addition to residential apartments and offices, the Rochdale Riverside scheme included a Hilton Hotel. Working space on site for The LK Group was limited and the site featured challenging topography. We were required to locate services and coordinate service disconnections as part of our package, as land remediation contractors. We constructed temporary access ramps and piling platforms to allow extensive sheet piling and undertook bulk excavations for the construction of deep attenuation systems and drainage. Following sheet piling and drainage works, we were retained to assist with the main piling works.  


The LK Group developed cost-effective earthworks and remediation strategy, gaining Local Authority approvals. The design of the final scheme was still being developed, so flexibility was essential, particularly concerning the size and position of the piling mats. We dealt with relic structures, including deep foundations and below-ground tanks. We remediated the contaminated soils and site-generated materials were utilised to construct the piling mats. All works were carried out under the CL:AIRE Code of Practice. We successfully completed the remediation work and gained full regulatory sign-off. 


Our earthworks and piling mat designs minimised waste to landfill and by maximising the sustainable reuse 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.