Since completing the acquisition in 2018, Harworth’s team of regeneration specialists has completed ground investigations, created a revised masterplan and delivery strategy, and updated the planning consent for the scheme. This has further enabled the agreement of a detailed remediation strategy with the Environmental agency and other partners including the specialist treatment of large deposits of Galligua – a by-product of Victorian industrial processes – in addition to extensive foundation and drainage solutions.
Remediation of the former mine-workings has also been a major piece of work on-site, which included the capping of 7 former mine shafts and factoring these locations in to the scheme’s design.
Construction of the site’s spine road, landscaping and associated infrastructure started in late 2019, which was made possible with a £2.05m grant funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. These works are now complete, unlocking the first residential plot sale to Taylor Wimpey in 2021 to build out the first 258 homes.
The remediation programme continues to progress across the wider site with future residential phases likely to be ready for development in 2023 and 2025.