Land Science were instructed to conduct a Phase I and Phase II geotechnical and geo-environmental investigation at the Kensington and Chelsea College regarding supporting the planning application of proposed refurbishment and extension of several existing structures on the site.
The geotechnical investigation was required to provide an interpretation of ground conditions with respect to foundations, pavements, soakaways, concrete specification, and excavations while the geo-environmental scheme was to provide a generic quantitative risk assessment (GQRA) in respect of the proposed redevelopment, adjacent land uses, and the wider environment, in the context of the planning regime.
To achieve these requirements, a full desk study was commissioned. The intrusive investigation consisted of a series of Dynamic (windowless) Sampler boreholes, Cable Percussive boreholes, Foundation Exposure pits, Super Heavy Dynamic Probes (SHDP), and monitoring well installations. Geochemical and geotechnical laboratory tests were conducted, which included but were not limited to Atterberg Limit (plasticity Index) tests along with pH and Sulphate screening.
A close and effective working relationship between Land Science and the college was required and achieved for the smooth completion of this project and to not interfere with the day-to-day operation of the busy educational facilities.