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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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)…


Screening Tools for Human Health Risk Assessment

The Environment Agency is in the process of producing and publishing toxicological data and Soil Guideline Values (SGVs) for standardised scenarios as…


The terms upon which Contaminated Land Consultants are employed

A Guidance paper by the AGS, EIC and ACE describing common areas of tension and disagreement and the compromise arrangements that might…


AGS Quick-Start Guide to Contaminated Land Investigation

Published in 2011 This document is intended to provide practical guidance on the investigation of potentially contaminated land in order to improve…


Guidance for safe intrusive investigation of contaminated land

Published in March 2010 UNDERSTANDING BANDINGS – SITE CATEGORISATION This document has been prepared to give help in applying the categorisation systems given…

Position Paper

Issues of Scale and the Potential Impact of SGVs for Land Remediation

Published in 2006 This short paper has been prepared by the AGS for the SGV Task Force. Its objective is to illustrate…


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AGS Members’ Day 2018 – Programme and Registration

AGS Members’ Day 2018 is taking place on Wednesday 11th April at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. Celebrating 30 years of…

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AGS Magazine – January/February issue

The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists are pleased to announce the January/February issue of their new bi-monthly publication; AGS Magazine. To…

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Q&A with Chris Swainston, AGS Contaminated Land WG Member

Chris Swainston BSc. (Hons), PGCE, CGeol, FGS Principal Geo-environmental Engineer Geotechnics Limited I am currently the principal geo-environmental engineer for Geotechnics Limited…

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Contaminated Land Working Group: October 2017 Meeting Update

The AGS Contaminated Land Working Group, led by Vivien Dent (RSK) met on 11th October in London for their final meeting of…

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AGS Magazine – November/December issue

The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists are pleased to announce the launch of their new bi-monthly publication; AGS Magazine. To view…

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The Contamination Expo Series: the free event that everyone is talking about

The programme for the Contamination Expo Series is almost complete, and all signs point to this being the largest and most influential…


Adam Cheers Hydrock Consultants Ltd
Andy O’Dea WSP
Anthony Owen Ian Farmer Associates
Barry Mitcheson Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure UK Limited
Catherine Copping Peter Brett Associates LLP
Chris Swainston Geotechnics Ltd
Chris Vincett Hydrock Consultants Ltd
Christiaan Wilkinson ECOS Environmental
Claire Stone I2 Analytical Limited
Daniel May BAE SYSTEMS Environmental
Darren Banner-Perry Royal HaskoningDHV
Darren Beriro British Geological Survey
David Entwisle British Geological Survey
David Simons Environment Agency Wales
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
James Harrison Delta-Simons Environmental Consultants Ltd
Jon Raven Arcadis (UK)
Karen Thornton National House Building Council
Lauren Boydell SKM Enviros
Louise Beale SKM Enviros
Madeleine Bardsley Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure UK Limited
Mark Goldberg Jacobs UK Ltd
Past AGS Chairman Matthew Baldwin Soil Engineering
Michael Smith
Mike Bevan Coffey Geotechnics Ltd
Mike Cohen Derwentside Environmental Testing Services Ltd
Mike Plimmer Geotechnical & Environmental Associates
Mike Poland Atkins Consultants
Murray Bateman Listers Geotechnical Consultants 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