WYG highly commended on remediation work

Press release
WYG highly commended on remediation work

11 November 2013 

The Maze Long Kesh Regeneration site has received a highly commended award at the prestigious Brownfield Briefing Awards 2013, for ‘Best Use of a Combination of Remediation Techniques’.

Geo-environmental specialists WYG received the award for work they have undertaken on the Maze Long Kesh site in Northern Ireland. The work on the site was highly commended for delivering a cost effective and durable solution for the client who significantly reduced the pollution burden across the 347 acre site.

The work on the Maze Long Kesh Regeneration site demonstrated:

  • That it represented best, rather than good or average practice
  • Cost effectiveness and durability over the period of operation
  • Significant reduction of the pollution burden rather than transferring it off site
  • Community and stakeholder acceptance of the technical elements
  • Compliance with health and safety, and environmental standards

Commenting on the commendation Chairman of the Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation, Terence Brannigan said: ‘I congratulate our expert team who have so successfully delivered the remediation of the site. Completion of these works reflects our commitment to the ongoing transformation of the Maze Long Kesh site.’

The Maze Long Kesh Regeneration site is the most significant development site in public ownership in Northern Ireland covering a total area of 347 acres.

The commendation recognised that the scale and multiplicity of contamination arising from the past use of the site as an airfield and military base presented a number of logistical and technical challenges to be addressed. Their medial strategy included the application and phasing of a combination of remedial techniques to achieve the project objectives.

On winning the award, Michael Boyd, WYG Director said: ‘We are thrilled to have won this award and for our work to be recognised by such a prestigious judging panel. This remediation project has been significant for WYG and has been delivered by successful collaboration across a number of our business areas. Our innovative approach ensured we delivered this, and we’re delighted that our success and efforts of the team has been recognised’.

The completion of the works has enhanced the environment and opened the site up for public access, notably by the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society which has already successfully hosted the 2013 Balmoral Show, attracting over 100,000 visitors to the site.


Lisa Butler, PR and Communications Executive

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Notes to Editors

One of the top-ranking global consultancies employing around 1,300 people, WYG is behind some of the world’s most challenging projects. Our specialists provide expert advice and project management support that is helping shape landscapes, infrastructure, society and culture in the developed and developing world.

We advise on planning and transport, provide engineering and environmental services, consult on waste and resource management, and deliver support to enable economic and social reform.

By engaging with clients at an early stage we ensure that decisions are made which will maximise a project’s potential and deliver our client’s strategic objectives. In turn, this builds strong and lasting relationships with clients in each of our seven core sectors:

• Defence & Justice
• Energy & Waste
• Environment (including Waste & Waste Water)
• Transport
• Commercial Development & Urban Regeneration
• Mining & Metals
• Social Development & Infrastructure

WYG has an international presence with offices throughout the UK, and in Eastern Europe, the Middle East & North Africa, and South Africa.

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