Gilmerton Land Services remove all water pipes cables and any unsafe structures in old industrial sites incudung disused mines and chemical plants. Please call us for further details and check our our case studies below.

Case Study – The Ardeer Peninsula in Ayrshire

The Ardeerpeninsula is a gigantic sand dune – it was chosen by Alfred Nobel in 1871 as the site for his British Dynamite Factory. It soon grew into the world’s largest explosives factory, making explosives for mining and quarrying, and expanding into other explosives and propellants for both civilian and military uses.

In 1926 Nobel Explosives became part of ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries) and production shifted away from Ardeer. So the factory diversified into other non-explosive products, but unfortunately these were not very successful – so a large part of the original site became derelict. However a small part of the factory still remains in operation today.

Gilmerton Land Services were awarded the contract by NPL Estates to decommission the site.

Contract Requirements:

  • Isolate and cap off 15 miles of underground water mains to reduce water leakages and to recover along with 20 miles of cable
  • Mass demolition of substantial unsafe structures.
  • To work independently of other contractors.
  • Complete removal of all unsafe debris and demolition material.

The current factory (Chemring Energetics UK Ltd (CEUK)) operating on the site needed to be isolated in every respect from the derelict area. We were able to work alongside the factory efficiently and speedily with no interference to the daily activities. Due to old piping in place significant water loss was occurring amounting to £1000s daily, this was resolved by capping off redundant sections of the pipelines and carried out with no interference of the operations in the factory In addition:

  • 200 disused manholes made safe all this resulted in no cost to the client but resulted in a credit of tens of thousands of pounds from the retrieved assets.
  • Provision of an efficient clean-up of these unwanted services prior to redevelopment and environmental advantages to the site.

Case Study – NPL Whitehaven

The site was a former mining and chemical site with over 100 years of history the site was latterly owned and operated by Rhodia and manufactured phosphate detergents and is over 100 acres. The site had been demolished for a number of years to slab level. Gilmerton Land services (GLS) identified the potential credit for the recovery of the underground services to the new owner of the site NPL Estates. The site had a large number of concrete floor slabs and areas that had been in filled with crushed demolition rubble which increased the depth of the underground services. The past uses of the site unearthed a number of challenges with large unrecorded voids and landfill drainage pipes all of which GLS worked with the onsite Environmental Consultants to deliver a safe project.

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Case Study – SNF Teeside

The Site had been demolished a number of years ago to slab level and previously had a large number of chemical process buildings on the 40 acre site. The site was first established in 1930 and progressed to be the beginning of the ICI Empire. The site had been derelict for a number of years and had a large amount of vegetation growing over the site with substantial concrete slabs and foundations. Gilmerton Land Services (GLS) identified the potential for the removal of the underground services to release credit to SNF which was previously not identified. The site was located next to an operational chemical works and had a number of live services crossing the site. Over the years a number of the water pipes had been rerouted and not recorded, GLS were able to work in partnership with the Service Controllers to identify the live services, which in turn mitigated any future delays during the construction works of the new plant.

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