Hydrock’s land quality expertise pivotal in approval of Ellesmere Port regeneration

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Appointed by Peel Land and Property, Hydrock has delivered the ground investigation and remediation strategy for a proposed manufacturing facility on the former Cabot Carbon site, a 20ha industrial site in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.

Hydrock’s advice was vital in producing a viable scheme and in securing planning approval for the project from Cheshire West and Chester Council. We worked alongside a professional team which included RPS, UMC Architects, and Turley.

Upon receipt of planning approval, Development Director for Peel, Nick Hey commented, “We have definitely had the benefit of a great team with a thoroughly professional approach”.

Site history

The site has a long industrial history producing carbon black dating back to the late 1940s, involving the partial combustion of tars and oil, which was then used in the manufacture of rubber tyres. The site has lain derelict since the plant closure in 2009 and subsequent demolition/decommissioning.

Phased development

The proposed development will be built out in two phases, with Phase 1 comprising remediation of the whole site, diversion of a watercourse that crosses the site, and construction of a corrugated board manufacturing plant, processing and distribution facility. The site will be owned and operated by German company, Prowell. The Phase 2 development is as yet unconfirmed.

Hydrock’s services

Hydrock’s services included ground investigation, risk assessments and remediation design. Our design has meant that almost 100% of earth materials may be re-used at the site rather than being taken to landfill, meaning reduced vehicles on the road and resultant nuisance and carbon benefits, all contributing to the sustainability of the scheme.

Hydrock’s Land Quality Director, Danny Hope, commented, “Hydrock is proud to have played a part in the regeneration of the site, bringing back into beneficial use a significant piece of land and to have contributed to the creation of new jobs in the local area."