Lock Lane Sandiacre

Sandicare & Derby Canal Trust, Notts, 2015

Chancing upon the local canal trust’s stand at a local village Spring Fete, Richard Sutton offered his services to the trust should they ever need any advice. The following autumn the trust contacted Ivy House to discuss their latest scheme to open up and restore a backfilled lock in Sandiacre, a project for which they had recently obtained planning permission.

As the lock and the stretch of canal running from Sandiacre to Breaston had been landfilled in the late 1970’s and was now situated in and amongst a residential housing estate the potential risks involved in unearthing landfilled waste, creating noxious gas and releasing asbestos fibres were such that the local authority required substantial pre-works assessment and the provision of conceptual models, risk assessments and method statements for approval prior to allowing the works to commence. Our excellent working relationship with the local authority officers ensured that delays to the planning phase were minimised and works on site commenced in December 2015.

The Environmental Risk Assessment and fieldwork revealed typically local fill with fabric and materials used in the local lace industry buried amongst construction waste and polythene. The report provided by Ivy House enabled the trust to produce a feasibility study for the restoration of the lock to inform their application for funding for the restoration works and to set a standard for the complete restoration of the canal from Sandiacre to Derby.

Our Skillset Provided: Environmental Risk Assessment, Landfill Restoration, Remediation

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