Bringing former coal sites to development: Geotechnical challenges and opportunities

November 12, 2021

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Tuesday, 11 January 2022, 12:30-13:15 BST

Sites that are located within areas of the coalfield that are defined by the Coal Authority as high-risk for development present a range of opportunities to the developer and challenges to their geotechnical consultant. By undertaking appropriate ground investigation and assessment, proposed developments can be optimised to find a cost-effective and durable solution that can bring them to market. This requires close collaborative working with the wider design team and early engagement with the regulator.

In this seminar, Dr Siôn Roberts will outline some of the challenges that coal legacy sites pose to the developer and geotechnical consultant and will illustrate how these can be assessed and mitigated, using examples from a range of case studies relating to residential and commercial developments on land affected by historic coal extraction. The seminar aims to give developers an insight into these fascinating ground conditions and the opportunities that coal legacy sites offer for future development.

Siôn is a principal consultant based in the RSK Geosciences Helsby office in Cheshire, UK, and is the RSK technical lead for mining, which involves coordinating support to colleagues and clients working on the coalfield.

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