The redevelopment of a former further education college into a secondary school involved the demolition and reconstruction of existing buildings, creation of artificial sports pitches on part of the existing playing fields and general landscaping including tree pit planting. Cardiff City Council's planning permission included a condition requiring a Soil Resource Survey and Soil Resource Plan to be submitted and approved prior to works commencing on site. The Plan needed to:
A detailed survey of the site found that soils were heavy clays, with topsoils suitable for reuse if handled according to the detailed advice provided. However, the subsoils were unsuitable for use in tree pit planting, meaning a small volume of imported material was required. Excess material was suitable for more restricted uses on site, eliminating the need to generate waste from the site. Our report included details of advised topsoil stripping depths and seasonal restrictions on safe machinery handling.
As a result of the survey our client was able to:
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