Kent former War Time Radio Transmitter Site

8th May 2021
Kent former War Time Radio Transmitter Site

The client, who is a small developer, required a Phase1 Desk Study to firstly support a planning application, and then a Phase 2 Site Investigation to discharge planning conditions. The proposed development comprised clearance of the site and construction of five luxury dwellings with large private gardens.

The Phase 1 Desk Study identified several buildings associated with the former military transmission station, including a large mast, various pits and a large above ground storage tank base. The objectives of the site investigation were to provide information on the contaminative status of the site, noting any associated risks and liabilities with regard to the proposed future use, along with obtaining information on the shallow and deeper ground conditions present at the site, including a sensitive Chalk aquifer.

Kent former War Time Radio Transmitter Site

The Phase 2 utilised a combination of trial pitting, windowless sampling, and environmental monitoring. The findings of the intrusive works enabled Lustre Consulting to prepare an assessment on the soil quality and suitability for residential use. Information on the geotechnical properties of underlying soils and foundation design considerations, including safe bearing capacity and settlement were also provided a the same time.

Kent former War Time Radio Transmitter Site

The findings of the investigation confirmed the suitability of the soils for residential use with private gardens with no significant remediation work required. The reports were subsequently approved by the local planning authority.

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