WHAT IS SITE INVESTIGATION?

Under our feet is an entire world of human, environmental, hydrological and geological history. In the UK and throughout the world the processes involved have formed a highly complex and variable record, the purpose of a site investigation is to explore and interpret this record.

Depending on the individual requirements of a client, their site investigation may be very short or part of an evolving continuous process of exploration, interpretation and revision.

At Solmek we are here to help you from start to finish throughout your site investigation. Below we have summarised and linked to more detailed explanations of the most common phases of a site investigation.

PHASES OF A SITE INVESTIGATION

PHASE 1 - DESK STUDY

The Desk Study is the first stage of an investigation and a compulsory requirement of many local authorities in their planning application process. Obtaining and interpreting factual site specific data allows for the formation of a conceptual model which aims to identify and address all hazards in relation to the proposed development.

PHASE 2 - SITE INVESTIGATION

The aim of a Site Investigation is to provide data that will allow a client to make informed geotechnical and environmental design decisions in relation to their development. This necessitates the selection of the most suitable investigatory, testing and monitoring methods for each individual site.

PHASE 3 - REMEDIATION

Where necessary a Phase 2 report will set out recommendations to remedy human health risks encountered during the investigation. We will consult with the relevant regulatory and planning authorities to produce a Remediation Statement which will formalise an agreed process to be followed during remedial works.

PHASE 4 - VALIDATION

Realising the Remediation Statement can be a complex task, our team can assist in many ways, from observation and sampling to working in a supervisory role with the development team. Finally, a detailed Validation Report which is submitted to the relevant authorities for planning condition discharge and approval of the remedial works.