UXO risk mitigation strategy for UK constructor

SafeLane Global was the principal site contractor for a leading UK constructor on a former MoD site.

UXO risk mitigation for UK constructors:

A new housing development was proposed on the site of a former Central Armaments Depot in the UK.

SafeLane Global was employed as the principal site contractor to develop and implement a comprehensive unexploded ordnance (UXO) risk mitigation strategy for the project – which also included ecological surveys, demolition of derelict buildings and ground remediation.

The site originally opened in 1918 as Britain’s only central armaments depot.  Post WWI, various types of munitions, including grenades, mortar bombs, artillery shells and containers filled with chemical agents (mustard gas, tear gas and phosgene), were brought to the site from WWI battle areas for disposal.

The site was also used later as a proving ground for experimental munitions.

The site was assessed as high risk from UXO for both conventional and chemical munitions.

SafeLane Global’s UXO risk mitigation strategy included:

• EOD supervision during building demolition
• Remediation of a UXO burning pit
• Multi-sensor / technology non-intrusive survey
• Target assessment and investigation
• UXO assessment (X-ray) and disposal on site
• Disposal of UXO on site
• Removal of UXO from site for subsequent disposal
• Full clearance to a depth of 3 metres

A total of over 30,000 items of ordnance were recovered (of which over 8% were live) including eight items of chemical ordnance.

The land was then released for development.

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