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Demolition of properties at contaminated land

Issued: 9 Aug 2007

Demolition of properties and remediation of contaminated land 25 ~ 71 Joss Street, Invergordon

Work begins on the demolition of flats and removal of contaminated soils at 25 to 71 Joss Street, Invergordon on Monday 13th August.

In June 2006, The Highland Council formally identified the area occupied by the flats as contaminated land following a series of investigations regarding the effects of contamination in the soils associated with these two blocks of maisonette flats.

Following investigations The Highland Council decided to relocate the residents and demolish the flats. This was done to allow the contamination found in the soils around and under the buildings to be removed.

Relocation of the residents was completed in February 2007, and the contract to demolish the flats and remove the contamination was awarded in June. Contractors have drawn up a programme of works which will involve preparing the site, removing the fixtures and fittings from the flats, a sequenced demolition and removal of the flats and their foundations, the excavation of contaminated soils and their removal from the site.

The ground will be made up to the existing level, fenced and sown with grass. It is hoped that the site will be redeveloped for residential housing. The existing pathway and road layout will be reinstated following completion of site works.

The programme is for a twelve week work plan, planned to commence on Monday 13th August. Site preparation and stripping of the flats will take approximately four weeks with sequential demolition of the two blocks of flats in weeks five and six of the project. Weeks seven, eight, nine and ten will involve the majority of excavation and removal of soils from the site, with reinstatement works commencing in week eleven and completing in week twelve.

During the works there will be some disruption, which is inevitable, however every effort will be made to ensure that this is kept to an acceptable level and controlled on site to prevent nuisance and minimise effects on neighbouring homes and businesses. The Council has written to near neighbours and businesses advising them of the works.

Both the consultant IKM Consulting Ltd. of Glasgow and the contractor I & H Brown Ltd. of Perth employed by the Council for this work are experienced in the demolition of properties and remediation of contaminated land, and have a track record of working well on sites within residential communities.

The Council is keen that anyone with any concerns or queries regarding the remediation works at Joss Street contacts contaminated land staff in TEC Services who will be able to answer their questions on tel: (01463) 702533.

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