Small brownfield sites pose particular challenges to developers and builders. With support from the NHBC Foundation, the construction industry research and information association (CIRIA) has compiled a guide that aims to provide clear and practical advice to help construction workers navigate the particular barriers and issues that characterise small brownfield sites.
Development of brownfield land is a key part of the Government’s strategy to increase house building across the country and, if well planned and managed, small sites can be developed relatively quickly giving a faster return on investment than larger sites.
The guide, A guide to small brownfield sites and land contamination, focuses on the key phases of a development, from assessing project viability and submitting planning applications, through the whole construction process to closeout and management of dormant sites, with an emphasis on dealing with land contamination.
Commenting on the publication, Neil Smith, NHBC’s Head of Standards, Innovation and Research said, “This new guide is essential reading for anyone considering the purchase of smaller brownfield sites, helping them minimise risks before, during and after development.
“Land owners of small brownfield sites that require on-going contaminated land management will also find the guidance beneficial.”
A guide to small brownfield sites and land contamination is available for download from the NHBC Foundation.