Futura Park Development, Ipswich

Client : Aquila Holdings Limited
Value : 9 M


Duration: 13 months

Historically, from 1926 the site was occupied by Ransoms Cranes works, manufacturers of overhead and mobile cranes which extended over an area    covering 44 acres and included its own foundry, steel works, various size industrial manufacturing buildings, chimneys, storage tanks and railway sidings.

Since the site closure in 2007 all were now in various states of deterioration which added to the demolition risk. A significant number of the buildings and areas contained various hazardous and non-hazardous industrial wastes, including the landfill area. The site had its own water supply lagoon.

The site was being cleared to make way for the development of a large retail park, to include John Lewis and Waitrose.

Scope of Works

  • In the role of Principal Contractor, we firstly removed all the notifiable asbestos and other hazardous wastes.
  • Those buildings in poor condition and having asbestos cement roof sheets, had them removed under fully controlled demolition techniques using high reach machines and powered water sprays.
  • Once all asbestos containing materials had been removed, the demolition of the remaining industrial structures commenced, including removal of all concrete ground slabs which were crushed on site for reuse in the redevelopment of the site.

Scope of Works - Environment:

  • Following site clearance, the remediation and treatment of the contaminated ground began.
  • Various levels of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes were either removed or treated through various innovate processes to ensure suitability for future use.
  • One large area of soil contained fibrous and firmly bonded asbestos containing materials, amounting to 60,000 tonnes, and following discussions with the HSE and subsequent visits, was remediated by a specifically designed process on site.
  • When remediated, the soils were mixed with concrete and poured into the emptied water lagoon which then became a car park.
  • To satisfy planning conditions, remediation and verification under the current ‘Part IIA’ framework was required. Ecological protection works were also necessary to satisfy planning conditions.
  • Following Local Authority and Environment Agency approval of the Remediation Strategy, earthworks and remediation began under a Materials         Management Plan and Mobile Treatment Plant Licence, starting with the John Lewis/Waitrose plot followed by the road, footpath and planting areas.
  • The John Lewis/Waitrose site remediation was completed, approved by regulators and handed over to the building contractor on deadline.
  • Road and infrastructure work was completed ready for the John Lewis/Waitrose store to open.




  • Completed on time and in budget.
  • The HSE, Environment Agency and Local Environmental Health officer visited the site throughout the contract with no concerns raised.
  • The company also achieved a Considerate Contractors “Beyond Compliance award


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