News and Events

  • Management of Asbestos in Soils. An All-Island Guidance Document
  • The Ireland Brownfield Network is pleased to launch, for public consultation, its first all-Ireland guidance document, 'Management of Asbestos in Soils. An All-Island Guidance Document'. A copy of the document can be downloaded here.

    The document covers the compliant management of asbestos in soils on brownfield sites in both jurisdictions and it’s hoped to be the first of many IBN-produced all-Ireland guidance documents designed to benefit practitioners operating throughout the island. The IBN is indebted to Anne-Marie Casey of ESB International for chairing the production of this document and to Paul Nathanail (LQM Ltd), Simon Cole (AECOM) and Brian McVeigh (NIEA) for their detailed and valuable comments of earlier drafts.

    The public consultation process will remain open until the 31st July 2020 and responses, comments and suggestions for improvement can be forwarded to The IBN trust this document is of value to practitioners and looks forward to receiving consultation responses.

  • Brownfield and Contaminated Land, Belfast - 1st May 2019
  • IBN Committee members, Owen Williams and David Kerr, will be presenting at this year's Brownfield and Contaminated Land conference at the Clayton Hotel in Belfast.

    This event will bring you the most important and up-to-date information on innovative techniques for the risk assessment and remediation of contaminated land and groundwater, as well as strategies to deliver effective brownfield development within revised planning and policy frameworks in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

    There will be presentations by:

    • Owen Williams, Freelance Environmental Advisor and Found Chairperson of the IBN
    • David Kerr, Principal Environmental Consultant, WYG & IBN Committee Member
    • Dermot O’Kane, Town Planner, Belfast City Council
    • Emma Walker, Associate Director, Turley
    • Hannah Fraser, Director, H Fraser Consulting Ltd
    • Brian McVeigh, Senior Scientific Officer - Land & Groundwater Team, NIEA
    • Colin Dunsmuir, Senior Consultant, Jacobs
    • Malcolm Dowling, Principal Environmental Consultant, Verde Environmental Consultants
    • Colin Critchlow, Director, Deep Soil Mixing Ltd
    • Chris Johnston, Project Leader, Environment and Renewable Energy, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute

    The full programme is now available here.

    Who Should Attend?
    This conference is suitable for all those with an interest in contaminated land including Environmental Consultants, Environmental Health Officers, Contaminated Land Officers, Planning Officers, Scientists / Scientific Officers, Engineers, Land Quality / Land Remediation Managers.

  • Management of Asbestos in Soils: an All Ireland Approach
  • Asbestos in soils (AiS) pose significant financial, legal and reputational risks for the management and redevelopment of brownfield lands across the island of Ireland. Unique and varying legal regimes, minimal disposal options and divergent approaches by both practitioners and regulators all conspire to make the management of AiS in Ireland a complex field that can jeopardise redevelopment projects.

    The Ireland Brownfield Network (IBN) is currently producing a guidance document to support an all-Ireland approach for the investigation, assessment and management of AiS through referencing existing legislation and industry-led guidance and best practice. The overall aim of this document will be to provide developers and their advisors with a reference guide to explain their legal requirements and identify appropriate mitigation measures to support the safe management and development brownfield land.

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  • Public Consultations
  • The IBN has provided technical response to a range of public consultations most recently The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform National Development Plan 2018-2027 and the EPA Consultation draft guidance document on EPA Licensed Soil Recovery Facilities.

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