Richard Sutton, director of local environmental consultancy Ivy House Environmental, is rounding up a successful 2016 which saw the company complete a trio of prominent local projects which tested their environmental and engineering skills to the full.
The September opening of Nottingham’s new London Road Fire Station brought to an end to Ivy Houses’ collaboration with main contractor J Tomlinson of Beeston, where the consultancy firm designed and managed the successful remediation of the contaminated former Gresham Works site. Sutton says, “working closely with J Tomlinson during the demolition and engineering works enabled us to significantly reduce the project’s environmental liabilities whilst ensuring the specification and installation of the foundations for the fire station were maintained and on schedule.”
The demolition of the former Vision Express offices on Abbeyfield Road, Lenton, opened up a development site for one of Ivy House’ long standing clients, Sandicliffe Motors. Ivy House had previously worked with Sandicliffe on the development of their neighbouring Nissan Dealership however, “No two sites are ever the same” explains Sutton. Their investigation of the Vision Express site revealed that the full extent of the landfill, which underlies the majority of the surrounding industrial estate and would pose significant challenges to the construction of a new dealership. “The challenges were met by our geotechnical engineers, who worked closely with the main contractor and project managers to ensure that a technically and econmically feasible ground engineering strategy was implemented. The ground stabilisation was completed in-situ, with none of the landfill waste having to be transported to another landfill site!” said Sutton.
Finally, the last of the trio of projects moves to the west of Nottingham and the proposed residential development of Long Eaton’s Stadium Industrial Park. Ivy House was contracted to investigate the remediation of brownfield land relating to the site’s occupation by a large engineering works in the 1950’s. The demolition works unearthed significant levels of contamination, the remediation of which has been managed by Ivy House alongside Cawarden Co Demolition on behalf of the owners of the site, CWC Group. Andrew Bock, Director, commented ‘Ivy House and Cawarden Co have worked well together with us on this difficult project, their collaboration has given us the confidence that the site will be successfully remediated and approved suitable for the proposed residential development’
These projects perfectly illustrate Ivy House’ diverse range of clients, with local construction contractors, the emergency services, residential property developers and the regions largest motor dealership and the ability of Ivy House to work in tandem with a range of project designers, managers and contractors.
It is this ethos of collaboration and communication that helped Ivy House and Sutton reach the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Finals this year and expand their project portfolio across the Uk and into the Middle East. “It has been an interesting and busy 2016 for Ivy House Environmental” says Sutton, “but in 2017 we are looking to welcome additional staff into our newly renovated offices and have potential projects in Israel and China awaiting; with plenty in the pipeline across the UK we continue to enjoy our work and our relationship building across the land, property and construction industry.”