Biogénie awarded $2.5M U.K. contract for brownfield site cleanup
STE-FOY, QUE-Biogénie, a Quebec firm specializing in contaminated site rehabilitation, has been awarded a $2.5-million contract to clean up an urban site in Tunbridge Wells, in southeast England. The rehabilitation work will be carried out for one of the leading residential construction firms in the United Kingdom, in preparation for a 176-unit housing development project. Biogénie will be responsible for the biological treatment of more than 30,000 cubic metres of soil contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). Permeable and impermeable barriers will be installed, and substantial volumes of contaminated groundwater will be pumped and treated. The Tunbridge Wells property was for several decades the site of a gas plant, and local authorities have long wanted to clean up the site for redevelopment purposes. The homebuilder was attracted by Biogénie's ability to conceive and carry out the full range of remediation activities and to obtain the approval of both the local authorities and other project intervenors, including a railway company which owns the neighbouring site. The contract, announced during the Americana 2005 international conference and trade show, will be managed by Biogénie's U.K. affiliate, Biogenie Site Remediation, whose offices are in the London area. A national brownfields inventory carried out by the British government in recent years indicates a total area of approximately 66,000 hectares. At the same time, some 2.5 million new housing units will be needed over the next two decades. In order to reclaim this large surface area, government authorities have set a goal of constructing 60% of new residences on rehabilitated brownfields by 2008.