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Building on derelict land

Special Publication SP 78

CIRIA, 1991
Building on derelict land

Document Status



Civil & Structural Supplement


Special Publication


Provides guidance on the investigation, appraisal, remedial treatment and building on sites which have become derelict, mainly as a result of human activity. Details the problems posed by derelict sites and how solutions can be approached. The hazards of filled and contaminated sites are discussed with reference to specific industrial past uses, which may be identifiable from historical records. The initial assessment, detailed site investigation, sampling techniques and final appraisal of a derelict site are described. Remedial treatment of filled and contaminated sites is covered and design of foundations, below-ground services, roads and other paving is discussed. The value of monitoring and the importance of contractual aspects are stressed. Detailed guidance is given on matters concerning the safety of site workers and third parties.


Leach, B. A. and Goodger, H. K.


Joint publication with PSA - PSA Civil engineering technical guide 60. This document was previously available within The Construction Information Service in 25 parts, which have now been combined into this single complete pdf.




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