Having recently acquired a new water bowser, as well as our site crew being trained in utilizing an excavator, our Surface Water Investigation capabilities have grown massively over the last month.
Infiltration Testing is a type of field test to determine the infiltration rate of a particular area’s soils and explore the subsurface conditions underneath the soil or pavement surface. The “infiltration rate” refers to the speed at which water enters into the soil. To do this we excavate an area of ground before filling it with water, in order to calculate the drainage rate.
This process may seem simple at first, however many sites have access issues as well as a lack of running water. STM’s new water bowser kills two birds with one stone by allowing us to transport water in a way that allows access to tricky sites, enabling us to undertake more Surface Water Assessments.comment
STM was recently appointed by a concerned home owner who wanted to redevelop his property which is partially located within a functional floodplain. However, the EA informed that the current best available flood modelling of the site was considered to be out of date and therefore insufficient for site specific designs.
STM Consultants was recommended to undertake detailed modelling at the site which resulted in challenging the EA flood maps at that location. Moreover, releasing the intellectual property rights of the model allowed the EA to provide the most up to date and relevant data for specific locations.
STM firmly believes in collaboration, understanding and participation. We worked closely with the EA and came up with a flood mitigation and resilience scheme for the new development.
We managed to provide a level for level, storage for storage compensation scheme, implement SuDS mitigation measures to reduce surface runoff and recommend flood resilience construction guidelines to keep the development flood freecomment
A client recently bought a property with the intention to develop 4 residential dwellings on the site. However, the client had bought the property before conducting their Environmental Due Diligence.
This meant that when the Local Authority placed a Contaminated Land Condition on the Planning Application, the new owners were already liable.
STM carried out the Phase 1 Report, which identified that the site had previous contaminative uses as a Laundry and Rifle Range. The results of the subsequent Intrusive Site Investigation revealed an increased concentration of Lead PAHs and asbestos in the soil. Therefore, Phase 3 Remediation was necessary to remove the contaminated topsoil and import clean replacement soils.
The client prudently shopped around for multiple quotes for these remediation services. However, they were shocked when quoted over £100,000 for the services by another company.
Needless to say, STM’s fair pricing policy resulted in a far more viable quote, which the client delightedly agreed to.
This serves as a stark warning of the dangers of not conducting Environmental Due Diligence prior to acquisition of a property, as not doing so leaves you liable to any future costs. As without STM’s intervention, the client would have faced an eye-watering bill!
Flood Risk Assessments measure the likelihood of flooding within your local area. As well as this, it explores what measures you can take to mitigate when it happens.
The Environment Agency (EA) and Local Lead Flood Authorities (LLFA) are the organisations involved with flooding. They decide which areas are at the highest risk of flooding. They do this using complex computer modelling, based upon historical floods.
After flood-modelling, the EA ranks areas in order of severity. These ranked areas are then mapped, to indicate what areas are at risk of flooding, and what severity the flood risk is. Using the mapped areas, consultants like us, can assess the risk of flooding to your project.
This involves projecting flood risk over time, to determine if your project is vulnerable, as flood risk is likely to increase with time. As well as this, we determine how changes of your development will affect the local area.
There are three levels of Flood Risk Assessment:
We as consultants, then write a report, which you submit to the Local Authority. Our tailored reports have been honed to ensure the highest level of successful application.
STM is proud to announce that we have purchased a new Dando drilling rig
The new rig will enable us to complete more complex investigatory works, having been designed specifically for site investigation and environmental analysis. The rig has an ultra-small footprint and crawler mounted design to enable the user to carry out various sampling methods in confined spaces where access is limited.
The staff here at STM are all excited to begin using the new kit, which has already been utilized on some of our more recent site investigations.comment
STM is proud to announce that this years User Group Meeting was a successful event.
Having moved towards a predominantly online meeting, we are now looking to host these far more regularly to create greater engagement between our users.
Our next user group webinar is going to be hosted on the 24th November 2017.comment
We are always on the look out for talented people with a passion for all things geoenvironmental and a thirst for knowledge. Currently we have roles available for
STM were recently requested by an IPPC Company owner (Client) to undertake a Environmental Due Diligence Assessment (EDD) for their operational industrial site. The company, a very successful operational metal works, was due to be sold to foreign investors. The transaction had stalled due to the potential that the land may have been contaminated. As a result the purchaser was reluctant to take the next step.comment
A developer recently successfully appealed against a Contaminated Land Determination Notice served on him by Walsall Council in respect of a gas works that had been redeveloped to housing in the 1970’s.
In only the second determination by the Secretary of State since the contaminated land regime came into force, this determination shows that Local Authorities need to follow the guidance to the letter when making determinations.comment
The framework for setting up the brownfield registers is now firmly in place. The Government recently enacted Regulation 3 of the Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017 and published the associated planning guidance. In an effort to make development land more easily accessible, Local Authorities have been tasked with the job of maintaining registers of Brownfield land that they consider to be appropriate for residential development. Local planning authorities (LPA) will be able to trigger a grant of permission in principle for residential development for sites in their registers giving developers and lenders more certainty in their development projects. LPAs need to publish these registers before 31 December 2017.
STM have developed the GeoEnviron Contaminated Land Management System which is essentially a Brownfield Register. Over 85 Local Authorities are currently using the system. The system was designed to allow Contaminated Land Officers (CLOs) to collate and manage diverse information on previously developed land (land that may be contaminated). The system is fully integrated with GIS and includes a site prioritisation system to allow CLOs to decide which sites need to be further investigated as a matter of priority.
Having been developed over the last 15 years, we believe that the system is ideal for use as Brownfield Register. We will be running a webinar on the Thursday 7th September 2017 at 10.30am to provide an introduction to the system and its capabilities in relation to the Brownfield Registers. You can register for the webinar using the following link:comment
Introducing Edward Smith & Matt Green!
A warm welcome to Edward as a new member of our team. He joined us this week, and has already built the foundations of a successful career with STM.
His on-site experience coupled with enthusiasm for all things environmental will put him in good stead, as he looks to expand his skill-set and lead STM into a new dawn of geo-technical excellence.
In addition we’re also saying hello to Matt Green, who has joined us with bags of enthusiasm and experience which will put us in good stead as we continue to grow.
Like Ed, Matt also loves site-work and has experience delivering geo-technical projects, and has settled in very quickly at STM.comment
Introducing GeoEnviron 8.1 – a new way of doing things.
For those who have used GeoEnviron before, this software needs no introduction. It’s the only bit of software you need to manage all your environmental assets. 8.1 is efficient and sleek. Designed by environmentalists for environmentalists.
Our new office is a signal of the growing tide that is STM, and we’re really making waves in the Environmental Consultancy field. Why not join us in the next chapter of our journey?
STM Environmental was recently approached by a local council to map out areas of potentially contaminated land within the local region. This project spanning a number of epochs ranging over 200 years involved sifting through old maps with a fine tooth comb in order to pick out sites of potential contamination, ranging from old industrial factories to more modern hospitals.comment
STM was recently approached by Hounslow Council to geo-rectify some aeiral maps of the council district. Hounslow provided a wealth of old aerial photo scans, taken from planes throughout the last few decades, with the task of mosaicking the images so that they alligned with Ordnance Survey MasterMap data.
Getting to know Hounslow from the skies over the years proved to be an interesting project, with well known sites being visible from the aerial photos, such as the old Twickenham Stadium, as shown below!comment
STM was approached to undertake a Flood Risk Assessment and create Surface Water Drainage Strategy for La Reserve Hotel London. The Flood and Drainage team utilized their experience of flood risk within central London and their knowledge of surface water drainage SuDS systems enabled a quick turn-around and allowed for flexibility and alterations to the design and drainage strategy.comment
Welcome to our new website! We hope you will find it easy to navigate. We are still updating the site so please let us know if you come across any issues or have any comments or suggestions.comment
We have recently launched the Landcheck Environmental Search Service as a service for individuals that wish to obtain information on contaminated land, ground stability, Radon and flood risk.
Landcheck has a direct online ordering portal which includes the ability to order searches directly from Local Authorities.comment
We would like to extend a warm welcome to the following new Local Authority clients using the STM software:
This has brought the total number of authorities that we are working with to over 80 across the UK.