1. Registration and Refreshments

  2. Opening Remarks from the Morning Chair

    Dr Tom Henman Dr Tom Henman
    Director - Geosciences, RSK

    Optimising the Viability and Deliverability of Brownfield Land in Development

  4. Update on Changes to the Scottish Planning Framework and Implications for Brownfield & Contaminated Land Development

    • Update on the new Scottish Planning Bill and timescales for the development of National Planning Framework 4
    • Clarifying the role of brownfield in Local Development (LDP) and Local Place Plans (LPP)
      • what safeguards will be put in place to effectively deal with contaminated land?
      • how can enforcement of planning conditions be better monitored and verified?
    • Evaluating what further steps are needed to facilitate brownfield development and “unlock” viable land:
      • how will the new NPF4 improve delivery of housing and infrastructure across Scotland?
    Gordon Thomson Gordon Thomson
    Associate Director, Lichfields
  5. Transforming Vacant & Derelict Land in Scotland – Unlocking Inclusive Growth

    • Outlining key aims and objectives of the strategy to deal with vacant and derelict land in Scotland
    • Exploring potential tools and mechanisms that could be used to address the problem
    • Finding innovative ways to bring the land back into productive use
    Dr Martin Valenti FRSGS Dr Martin Valenti FRSGS
    Strategic Director, Scottish Land Commission
  6. Q&A

  7. Morning Refreshments & Networking


    Contaminated Land Risk Assessment

  9. Ground Gas: Managing Scotland’s Mining Legacy with Appropriate Ground Gas Risk Assessment & Protection

    • Examining Scotland’s coal mining legacy and current hazards, including specific hazards and risks associated with mine gas:
      • the gases, their properties and the source-pathway- receptor model
    • Clarifying the current regulatory stance on ground gas risk assessment on development sites, including former mine-works:
      • to what extent are increased energy efficiency requirements and climate change impacting on this?
      • assessing the effect of ground conditions on gas occurrence and management
    • Assessing possible implications arising from the Gorebridge mine-gas case
      • what is the likely impact of mandatory gas protection on new developments for Local Council CLOs and EHOs and their consultants?
    • Managing the issues around the effective validation and verification of gas protection measures
    • Mine gas management and opportunities for the future
    Simon Talbot Simon Talbot
    Managing Director, GGS
  10. Exploring the Benefits of Digital Data Collection to Optimise Site Investigation & Remediation

    • Examining the benefits that site-based data collection is intended to bring
    • Providing an overview of some of the available technologies and their application in the various stages of site investigation and remediation
    • Exploring some applications of remote telemetry to improve field data collection
    • Optimising the benefits of visualisation for enhanced site understanding and communication

    Project Examples will be used throughout the presentation to demonstrate technology applications

    Jonathan Coulson Jonathan Coulson
    Principal Consultant, Site Evaluation & Restoration, Arcadis
  11. Asbestos in Soil: Practicalities of Working on Sites with Low Level, ‘Trace’ & Sporadic Asbestos Contamination

    • Defining soils with low level, ‘trace’, “negligible” and sporadic asbestos contamination
    • Best practice for applying CARSOIL guidance to a site with minor asbestos contamination issues
    • Effectively managing material with minor asbestos contamination:
      • segregation of materials and avoiding cross contamination
      • techniques for processing and remediating low levels of asbestos fibres in soil
      • waste classification and reduction and assessing the costs of disposal
      • giving confidence to landfill and waste site operators in managing this material
    Steve Edgar Steve Edgar
    Managing Director (Designate), Vertase FLI
  12. Networking Lunch

  13. Welcome back from the Afternoon Chair

    Dr Iain McLellan Dr Iain McLellan
    Lecturer in Environmental Chemistry, Centre for Environmental Research, University of the West of Scotland

    Contaminated Land Remediation Solutions

  15. Developing a Framework for Achieving Safe, Compliant & Effective Remediation

    "Why do many remediation projects go wrong?" Because those involved forget to focus on the five cornerstones of remediation i.e. Design : Contract : Review : Implementation : Close.

    RemSoc is a UK society established by a group of professionals and practitioners, all working in the remediation sector and dedicated to supporting and representing individual practitioners involved in the remediation of contaminated and brownfield land. RemSoc have created a Practitioners Framework for Remediation to assist remediation practitioners and stakeholders in the planning and execution of remediation projects; from design through to implementation and verification.

    The Framework has been developed to guide practitioners through the key stages of a remediation project and to signpost factors and decisions that may be required at each stage of the project. Aspects of legal compliance and reference points are also provided to assist in the safe and competent delivery of a remediation project.

    This presentation will introduce the Framework and how it can be used to help deliver safe, compliant brownfield remediation in Scotland.

    Richard Clayton Richard Clayton
    Director & Head of Ground Risk and Remediation, WSP Group
  16. Smouldering Remediation of Heavily Contaminated Soils: Case Studies in Ex Situ and In Situ Applications

    Smouldering remediation is capable of removing 99.9+% of heavy hydrocarbon contamination from soil using self-sustaining flameless combustion. Non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) contaminant serves as fuel for smouldering supplying energy to the exothermic combustion reactions within the inert porous soil medium. Process efficiency increases with scale. In cases where insufficient NAPL is present, a benign fuel such as vegetable oil can be added to support smouldering. This presentation will examine in situ and ex situ case studies at sites around the world as well as frontiers in smouldering remediation research.

    Dr Christine Switzer Dr Christine Switzer
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde

    Waste Management & Re-use of Materials in Remediation Projects

  18. Case Study: Sighthill TRA Remediation and its Place in the Scottish Circular Economy

    The concept of a circular economy is one way we can help eradicate waste by keeping resources and products in use for as long as possible, and Scotland is leading the way in developing a more circular economy. The VHE team’s approach to the Sighthill TRA Remediation, where nearly 1,200,000 cubic metres of materials movements and processes were planned, optimised and managed, achieved the best use of materials and met Scotland’s "Zero Waste" Plan targets.

    This presentation will demonstrate how this was achieved.

    Gordon Wilson Gordon Wilson
    Managing Director, VHE Construction Plc
  19. Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

  20. Outlining the changes to waste management policy and legislation in Scotland and the implications for contaminated land projects

    • Detailing recent and forthcoming changes to waste policy in Scotland:
      • integrated authorisation framework
      • SEPA and sector plans
      • bio-degradeable municipal waste to landfill ban from 2021
    • Outlining how enhanced compliance will affect sites going forward:
      • clarifying duty of care and associated liabilities
    • Assessing the cost implications for brownfield and construction projects:
      • what can be to done to manage and mitigate these?
    Laura Tainsh Laura Tainsh
    Partner & Head of Environment & Waste, Davidson Chalmers LLP
  21. Best Practice Waste Management Strategies for Remediation & Construction Projects in Scotland

    • Ensuring effective classification and risk-assessment of materials in line with current guidance
    • Developing an effective Materials Management Plan (MMP) as part of your remedial strategy
    • Evaluating different treatment, storage, disposal and re-use options to ensure the safe, compliant and cost-effective movement of materials on and off-site
    • Accurately testing, reporting and verifying waste re-use on-site: what levels of testing should be undertaken?
    • Project examples of innovative waste treatment and re-use
    John Curran John Curran
    Managing Director, Soilutions
  22. Q&A

  23. Closing Remarks from the Chair

  24. Close of conference followed by a Networking Drinks Reception