Phase 1 Desk Study
What is it and why is it required?
A Phase 1 preliminary environmental report comprises a preliminary investigation into environmental liabilities associated with a site. A phase 1 investigation is typically commissioned prior to acquisition or development of land. The desk study assessment includes the underlying land, groundwater and structures and covers geology/hydrology of the site, abstraction licences, discharge consents, indicative floodplains, integrated pollution controls, historical land use, etc.
What are the benefits?
A Phase 1 investigation will provide a qualitative risk assessment for a site based on a conceptual model that is derived from a review of the available information. This report can be used to define any additional site investigation work that may include intrusive techniques and sample analysis.
A Phase 1 desktop study identifies all environmental liabilities associated with a site ahead of acquisition or development.
How can the S2 Partnership help?
One of our highly-trained and experienced environmental consultants will carry out a desktop study of a specific site or area including a visual examination of the land – a ‘walk over’ survey – to assess the presence of surface soil contamination, chemical residues, asbestos-containing materials and chemicals stored on site.
A documentation review will be undertaken that includes the following:
- geology/hydrology of site;
- surface waters;
- abstraction licences;
- discharge consents;
- indicative floodplains;
- integrated pollution controls;
- pollution incidents;
- registered radioactive substances;
- waste management history/facilities;
- trade directory entries;
- historical land use;
- potential sources of contamination;
- potential environmental pathways;
- human health pathways; and
Please contact us for more information.