Birmingham Site Investigation: Supporting Sustainable Brownfield Development

As far back in time as the English Civil War (1642-46), Birmingham developed as a centre for metal working, with hundreds of blacksmiths manufacturing a supply of weapons to support the Parliamentarians’ cause. During the 18th and 19th centuries Birmingham became the greatest industrial city in the world, driven by steam engines powered by the coalfields of Warwickshire and served by UK’s most extensive network of canals, becoming further connected with the completion of the Grand Junction Railways in the 1830’s.

More recently Birmingham became a centre for motor manufacturing and associated supply chain industries and despite the closure of a number of these motor manufacturing plants during the 20th century; Birmingham still supports the Jaguar Landrover plant in Castle Bromwich and a research and development facility for MG Rover in Longbridge.

Although bringing extensive wealth to the city, an unwanted legacy of industrialisation can be the accumulation of contamination below the surface. Although generally limited in size and extent, any contamination has the potential to represent a risk to the environment and public health, which could limit development potential and become a liability for stakeholders.

Therefore, the importance of establishing potential liability scenarios at the earliest stage helps inform decision making, supporting the sustainable development of brownfield sites in accordance with Birmingham City Council’s sustainable development policy.   

At Roberts Environmental, we work closely with developers, local authorities, and other stakeholders to support sustainable brownfield development in Birmingham. Our Geo-Environmental Assessments provide crucial information on potential contamination and ground stability.

Brownfield Development in Birmingham

Brownfield redevelopment has been prioritised by Birmingham City Council for a number of reasons. Firstly, it helps to reduce the amount of greenfield land that is used for development, which is essential for maintaining the natural environment. Secondly, it helps to make better use of land that is already developed and often in urban areas. Finally, it can provide opportunities for local economic growth and the creation of new jobs.

The Importance of Geo-Environmental Assessments in Birmingham

As with any redevelopment project, it's crucial to consider the potential risks associated with the site. This includes contaminated land and ground stability risks. In Birmingham, where there is a long history of industrial activity, these risks can be significant. This is where Geo-Environmental Assessments come in. By identifying any potential issues at an early stage, we can help developers to design remediation strategies that minimise the impact on the environment, reduce costs, and ensure that projects remain on schedule.

Geo-Environmental Assessments in Birmingham

Our Geo-Environmental Assessments are tailored to the specific needs of the client and the site. We use a range of techniques, including site investigation, ground gas monitoring, and laboratory analysis, to provide a comprehensive understanding of the site's condition. We provide commercial, pragmatic advice at every stage of the development and investment cycle, cutting through the technical jargon to provide clear, concise advice to ensure a smooth and sustainable development process. By aligning with the sustainable development principles which underpin Birmingham's regeneration strategy the chances of a development proposal being looked upon favorably and gaining permission are increased.


At Roberts Environmental, we understand the importance of sustainable brownfield development in Birmingham. Our Geo-Environmental Assessments play a crucial role in identifying potential contamination and ground stability issues, allowing developers to mitigate risks and design effective remediation strategies. By aligning with Birmingham's regeneration strategy and sustainable development principles, we increase the chances of gaining permission for development proposals. Our tailored assessments, supported by knowledge and expertise, provide clear and concise advice to ensure a smooth and sustainable development process. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can support your brownfield development projects in Birmingham.

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