Contaminated land

Phase I Desktop Study and Preliminary Risk Assessment

Building Compliance Testing Limited can provide you with thorough and efficient Desktop Studies,  Conceptual Site Models and Preliminary Risk Assessments

Phase I Desktop Study and Preliminary Risk Assessment

A Phase I Desktop Study and Preliminary Risk Assessment forms part of an initial Contaminated Land Survey. The Desktop Study is designed to provide a qualitative assessment overview of the risks to current and future occupants and the wider environment from any contamination which might be present on or in close proximity to the study site.

The Desktop Study is the initial assessment that is required under current guidance from the Environment Agency issued in October 2020 (LCRM).

The report uses various sources of information including historical Ordnance Survey maps, geological records, groundwater vulnerability maps, flood maps, radon atlases, pollution incident records and regulatory records.

There are many reasons why you may need to undertake a Phase 1 Desktop study including:

Due diligence – prior to purchasing a site, it is prudent to identify and evaluate any potential risks associated with the site and the potential obligations that the buyer will be required to undertake as this could affect the value of the site or impact upon lending against the site.

Planning conditions – the desktop study is often required to accompany a planning application or to discharge a planning condition.

The objective of the study will be to formulate a Conceptual Model and Preliminary Risk Assessment.  The study will include;

– A physical site description including geology, hydrogeology, etc.

– The expected condition of soil and vegetation.

– A review of current and historical maps.

– Comments on previous, present and proposed uses of the site and the direct vicinity.

– Details of any waste disposal practices.

– Details of spillage or pollution incidents.

– A search of the Council Building Control Records.

– A search of the Council Planning Records.

– An appreciation of the potential receptors on and outside the site. 

Through the Desktop Study the development of a Conceptual Model that identifies potential source-pathway-receptor linkages (pollutant linkages) based initially on a consideration of desk-based and site reconnaissance information on the characteristics of the site and its environmental setting;

Risk estimation and evaluation using generic assessment criteria. This allows refinement of the Conceptual Model on the basis of factual information on the condition of the land (site investigation data) and involves comparison between observed concentrations of contaminants in environmental media against relevant and applicable generic assessment (or screening) criteria; and

Risk estimation and evaluation using site specific assessment criteria. This involves further refinement of the Conceptual Model on the basis of more detailed, site specific information on the condition of the land, and the use of relevant and applicable exposure models and site specific assumptions to estimate risks.

The Preliminary Risk Assessment is a qualitative judgement about the potential human health and environmental risks that may be associated with a site, and represents the first of the three phases outlined above.

Other Services

We can also offer a variety of specialist services through our Partners, including:

Phase II Intrusive Site Investigation

– Groundwater, Gas and Leachate Monitoring

– Verification Services

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