Contaminated Soil Replacement – Former Paint Stripping Operation



After complaints were made to the city council from a neighbour to a long standing but small paint stripping business located in Cambridge, investigations found very high concentrations of lead and high pH in soils on the property and within the neighbouring residential gardens.

RemTech Role

RemTech was responsible for carrying out to completely decontaminate the site and surrounding affected properties.  Its work included the following:

  • Removing all residual stock and chemical on the premises for appropriate disposal.
  • Demolition of the former workshop and stripping process area including all buried infrastructure and foundations.
  • Classifying and disposing of all wastes (including asbestos wastes).
  • Dismantling the boundary fences between the paint stripping business and adjacent residential properties.
  • Creating a screened, secure and safe working area encompassing the areas of neighbouring residential property affected by the contamination.
  • Removing all turf and soil to a depth of 600mm from the existing ground surface and disposing in accordance with waste classification to an appropriately licenced landfill.
  • Reinstatement of the area with certified subsoil and topsoil.
  • Reinstatement of turf, garden areas and boundary fences to match the previous layout and to meet the aesthetics set by the residents.
  • Preparation of ground for re-construction of workshop and storage area for on-going commercial use.
  • Provision of all materials, documentation and verification material for the client.


Project Summary

Environmental Protection Strategies Ltd

Project Duration and Cost:
3 weeks – £40,000

Key Services:

  • Safety controls
  • Regulator, client and third parties liaison
  • Waste characterisation and classification
  • Service avoidance
  • Excavation and disposal
  • Reinstatement and construction


Despite considerable friction between residents and the operators of the site whilst working closely with the council and its client, RemTech was able to complete the work in accordance with the agreed Remediation Method Statement, on time and within the fixed fee lump sum quotation it provided.

All parties involved were satisfied with the work and construction of a new unit was able to start immediately upon completion of the decontamination and reinstatement.

There were no accidents or near misses throughout.