Aylesford Newsprint

A large urban redevelopment project for our client KPMG. This former paper recycling factory is set for a bright future.

Our strong ecological and geotechnical capabilities saw an investigation across the site to identify various ground conditions, possible contaminations, and outline a foundation strategy for the site. Before core assessments were undertaken, an investigation of high-level constraints associated to the site and its influence to the masterplan was undertaken. This procedure included environmental investigations such as a tree and protected species survey.

In the protected species survey, bat roosts and barn owl nests were identified within the disused buildings. To resolve this, a variety of mitigation designs were created with specialist solutions put forward, such as the need to acquire a natural England protected species licenses due to the ecological value of the species.

To overcome issues within complex projects like Aylesford Newsprint, communication with clients, local authority and other key stakeholders is crucial to its success.

The scheme involves key stakeholders such as Lambert Smith Hampton as planning consultants and Tonbridge and Malling district council as the local authority within the area, and as an intricate private sector project, many challenges were encountered.

The presence of sewage treatment works within the local area has led to a great amount of odour to surround the site. This problem, with pollution created by vehicles on the M20, reduces the opportunity to build residential property on the land. Furthermore, with the site positioned in flood zone 3 and susceptible to flooding, hydrology assessments - including a Flood Risk investigations, were undertaken to ensure the creation of effective flood defence solutions

With the M20 nearby, noise and air quality were investigated to assess its impact on the site. As part of the EIA, this study saw the creation of noise, vibration, and air quality modelling to offer mitigation strategies and further update the masterplan.

Transforming a former industrial site can carry major challenges regarding the well-being of the ground. As part of the EIA we also undertook and co-ordinated contaminated land assessments, including a ground investigation and ground gas monitoring. To increase confidence for our clients, cost effective continuous gas monitoring system was used instead of the traditional time gap observation. This allowed our clients to see strong correlations between atmospheric pressure and gas production.

Although results found the ground to be healthier than expected, there were still problems, particularly within the eastern portion of the site where a landfill was found to be emitting a large amount of ground gases such as methane and carbon dioxide.

Face to face meetings were engaged to successfully communicate this problem and more prompt mitigative solutions for the contaminated land. While this problem increased restriction for our clients in the building of homes, affordable mitigation measures were created that qualified the construction for commercial use.

To overcome issues within complex projects like Aylesford Newsprint, communication with clients, local authority and other key stakeholders is crucial to its success. Our multi-disciplinary expertise and determination to find innovative solutions at Pell Frischmann has seen this contaminated industrial site successfully open up for redevelopment to provide employment opportunities that were lost through liquidation.


  • icon-arrow Methane and CO2 ground emissions
  • icon-arrow Disruptive noise from M20
  • icon-arrow Poor air quality
  • icon-arrow Site within flood zone 3

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