Mersey Gateway Project’s remediation of Catalyst Trade Park wins top technological award
The Mersey Gateway Project’s clean-up work (also called remediation) of a 5.6 hectare site at Catalyst Trade Park in Widnes in partnership with Celtic Technologies has won the ‘Technological Application Award’ at the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) Awards.
The award was presented jointly to the project team of Halton Borough Council, Ramboll and Celtic on the 12th June 2014.
As part of the advanced works of the Mersey Gateway Project, it was found that the ground beneath the former Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) site was contaminated with a ‘cocktail’ of chlorinated solvents.
The remediation works were a key component of the new £600 million crossing of the River Mersey between Widnes and Runcorn, one of the UK government’s Top 40 priority projects in its National Infrastructure Plan and were designed to relieve constraints of the construction works, maintain the construction programme and control the remediation cost to the Council.
One of the judges praised the innovative remediation process for the challenging site:
‘The judges were extremely impressed by this innovative remediation process, which recovered a substantial volume of technically challenging solvents, using in-situ technologies rather than bulk excavation. The combined efficiencies of four techniques on a difficult and hazardous site achieved the required balance of ‘neat’ solvent recovery, groundwater treatment and reduced environmental risk.’
This is not the first award win for the remediation work at Catalyst Trade Park, just this year we were announced winner of the ‘Project of the Year’ at the Construction News Specialist Awards, the ‘Best Practice’ award at the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation and also the ‘Sustainability Award’ at the Ground Engineering Awards.