Complex Brownfield Site

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£15m of infrastructure

A former sewage and mill works, a £15m scheme was required to facilitate development of the site.

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To support the development of the Copley Valley site, a new 1.5km link road and offsite junction were created to link Hollas Lane with Holmes Road. The infrastructure works received a Certificate of Commendation for Excellence in Civil Engineering Works at the Annual Institute of Civil Engineers Awards in 2016.

Significant flood infrastructure was also delivered, in the form of a flood lagoon and storage area.

Complex site remediation works involved innovative on site treatment of contaminated material.

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Following the creation of the Copley Valley Green Corridor and Nature Reserve, the area now boasts a host of wildlife including king fishers and otters, as well as dozens of insect species.

Long-term improvements continue to be undertaken, from toad fences to otter tunnels, to ensure the lasting protection of biodiversity.