At BE Design, we have a unique design approach and technical expertise that allows us to deliver creative solutions to any challenges presented in built environment projects.

We are proud to have provided civil and structural engineering designs which have transformed a former domestic landfill site off the A33 in Reading.

Now home to a five-unit prime logistics scheme across 34,160 sq ft, Island Road West was delivered over two phases.

Ground consolidation techniques were employed during both phases to minimise the ongoing settlement and subsidence that can occur on landfill sites. As well as this, multiple safety measures have been employed to safely release gases from the decomposing matter into the atmosphere.

There is a real demand for space to build in the UK, and we only expect to see this increase. Developing on greenbelt land is often contentious, so we are seeing more brownfield land – including ex-landfills – being set aside for redevelopment. This helps to meet the demand whilst protecting greenbelt land at the same time.

This move towards sustainable regeneration means that sites, such as Island Road West, now provide businesses with the real potential to turn dead-end land into usable and profitable space.

Landfill sites present a lot of unique challenges when it comes to construction and engineering and at BE Design, we make certain that these are considered at the very base of our design service, ensuring that environmental challenges are met with practical and safe solutions.

To read more about the challenges of developing former landfill sites, read director Stephen Oakden’s article in Future Construction Architect.