Working Group Contaminated Land

The Group works as subsidiary of the Environmental Committee of the Construction Industry Council (CIC) to keep Members informed of developments to do with contaminated land and the environment. It provides advice and feedback to other organisations, committees (eg BSI) and government bodies on documentation and policy.

Strategic Plan

  1. To provide an authoritative voice on contaminated land to outside bodies
  2. To provide a forum for the exchange of information and experience on issues related to contaminated land
  3. To influence the development of good regulation though participation in government and by providing consultation responses to documents produced by Government and other parties.
  4. To promote good practice and high professionalism and preparing position papers on current issues and events
  5. To promote an understanding of the interaction of geotechnical and environmental in the assessment of land quality.



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Position Paper

Position Paper on 2004 BRE AGS Cover Systems Document

Published April 2019 Starting in 2017, the AGS Contaminated Land Working Group (AGS CLWG) undertook a review of the 2004 BRE/AGS cover…

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AGS Guidance on Waste Classification for Soils - A Practitioners Guide

Published 13th February 2019 It is apparent that the classification of waste soils (as either hazardous or non-hazardous) is not always completed…

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AGS Guide to Environmental Sampling

Updated guide published in January 2019 (Original guide published in May 2010) This document is intended to provide practical guidance on the…

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AGS Documents

AGS Business Plan

Published in November 2018 This document is the AGS Business Plan which was published in November 2018.

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AGS Guidance on the Description of Anthropogenic Materials – A Practitioners’ Guide

Published 3rd September 2018 BS:5930:2015 and BS EN ISO 14688-1 provided the basis for the description of soils in the UK; however,…

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Bioavailable Environmental Quality Standards for Metals

Published December 2015 This is short information note on Environmental Quality Standards for some heavy metals (manganese, copper, zinc, nickel and lead)…

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AGS Review and Position Statement – Cover Systems for Land Regeneration

Thickness Design of Cover Systems for Contaminated Land: BRE/AGS/NHBC: 2004 Starting in 2017, the AGS Contaminated Land Working Group (AGS CLWG) undertook…

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AGS Contaminated Land Working Group Update

Vivien Dent of RSK, the leader of the Contaminated Land Working Group, has provided an update on the top issues the Contaminated…

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AGS Guidelines to Good Practice in Geoenvironmental Ground Investigation – Update

It has long been the aim of the Contaminated Land Working Group to produce a definitive guide to ground investigation good practice…

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AGS Awards 2019

This year’s AGS Awards took place during the Annual General Meeting at AGS Annual Conference 2019 on Wednesday 3rd April at the…

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Variability in Asbestos Analysis in Soil

Improvements in methods There have been efforts to improve the analysis for asbestos in the last ten years: Analysis methods changed significantly…

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AGS Guidance on The Description of Anthropogenic “Soils”

Accurate and consistent description of Made Ground or anthropogenic soils/materials is of importance as it may provide vital indication of the material’s…


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Christiaan Wilkinson ECOS Environmental
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Daniel May BAE SYSTEMS Environmental
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David Simons Environment Agency Wales
Elspeth Harris Royal HaskoningDHV
Gavin Allsopp National House Building Council
Geoffrey Perrett Buro Happold, Ground Engineering
Geraint Williams ALcontrol Laboratories
Graham Whitaker GCA (UK) Ltd
Loss Prevention Leader Hugh Mallett Buro Happold, Ground Engineering
Jon Raven Arcadis (UK)
Karen Thornton National House Building Council
Lauren Boydell SKM Enviros
Louise Beale SKM Enviros
Madeleine Bardsley Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions UK Limited
Mark Goldberg Jacobs UK Ltd
Michael Smith
Mike Bevan Coffey Geotechnics Ltd
Mike Cohen Derwentside Environmental Testing Services Ltd
Mike Plimmer Geotechnical & Environmental Associates
Mike Poland Atkins Consultants
AGS Past Chair Neil Parry Geotechnical Engineering Ltd
Pamela Welburn Arcadis (UK)
Paul Nathanail Land Quality Management Ltd
Paul Tilley SOCOTEC
Peter Witherington RSK Environment Ltd
Richard Puttock Peter Brett Associates LLP
Roger Clark SiLC
Seamus Lefroy-Brookes LBH Wembley Geotechnical & Environmental
Simon Edwards Idom Merebrook Ltd
Stephen Moreby
Stuart Chandler Peter Brett Associates LLP
Terry Stafford I2 Analytical Limited
Tim Hodges Mott MacDonald
Contaminated Land WG Leader Vivien Dent RSK Environment Ltd