Opus International Consultant (Opus), in collaboration with Fairhursts Design Group and the University of Nottingham, scooped the prestigious national award for “Best Sustainable Building on a Brownfield Site” at the Brownfield Briefing Awards, for work at the University of Nottingham’s GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry.
Land quality advice has been provided by Opus’ Environmental Team based in Nottingham at the University’s Jubilee Campus since 2003 which is built entirely on Brownfield land, including the former Raleigh Bicycle Factory. This scheme involved Opus undertaking flood risk assessments, complex contamination investigations and groundwater quantitative risk assessment services.
The award submission focused on Opus’ input into the sustainability aspects of the project. This included encapsulation of contaminated soil beneath an engineered capping layer of recycled soil and the use of a novel SuDS drainage solution in contaminated areas. Opus was also able to demonstrate that the use of more sustainable vibro stone columns in place of pile foundations would not adversely impact groundwater quality.
Paul Eastwood (Director- Environment) said: “I’m delighted that the team’s expertise has been recognised and we enjoyed being able to share the success of this scheme, with the Architect Fairhursts Design Group, who joined us at the awards ceremony.”
The project is available to view on our website at this link.