Clearing the groundwork: The growing importance of Brownfield sites

As the Government pledges to “get Britain building”, no doubt hoping to solve the housing crisis in the process, the pressure grows on available land. With Greenfield sites fiercely protected, it calls to look for realistic alternatives and Brownfield sites have come up time and again as a viable option. However, although these sites tend to be in popular and useful locations (cities etc) the dangers of contamination from foreign waste are becoming a growing concern for local authorities. Hazardous poisons, heavy metals, diesel and even nuclear waste are creating sites that are unfit for human purpose.
In response to this, there is an increased focus on the need for technically skilled specialists to identify, investigate and analyze the risks presented and to take educated steps to make Brownfield land liveable once more.  As the importance of equipping staff with vital skills grows, CIRIA’s online Contaminated Land e-learning course provides a platform for training in a flexible and cost effective way.
The course consists of four modules, which will involve 35 learning hours and includes case studies, presentations and a summary of guidance, leading to a foundation level of understanding about land regeneration.
Modules cover a wide range of subjects, including the legislative context of land affected by contamination, the existing regulatory framework and the key drivers for land remediation such as financial, environmental and legal implications.
It is clear that the importance of Brownfield expertise will continue as our housing needs grow and affordable training will go some way in providing a skilled work force who can realistically deal with the ongoing challenges.
Click here for more information about the course or email Joanne Kwan at CIRIA.