FWS Consultants Ltd

Tel: +44 (0)1388 420 633

Email: admin@fwsconsultants.com

Merrington House, Merrington Lane Ind. Est.

Spennymoor, County Durham, DL16 7UT

United Kingdom


FWS Consultants Scotland

Tel: 01355 207 778

Email: admin@fwsconsultants.com

Office 1.8, 1 Redwood Crescent

Peel Park, East Kilbride, Glasgow G74 5PA

United Kingdom


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FWS provide expert advice on the generation of Contamination Risk Assessments, Conceptual Models and Geotechnical Desk Studies to developers, landowners, architects, structural engineers, regulators and local authorities and provide value engineered solutions, based on pragmatic and cost-effective advice. All of our Conceptual Models and Desk Based Studies are prepared on a fixed fee basis by a team of highly experienced Geo-environmental Scientists and Geotechnical Engineers.


Desk Studies are used to compile available information on a site to determine the past use, ground and groundwater conditions, the potential for contamination and mineral instability to develop a Conceptual Site Model (CSM), a qualitative risk assessment and to identify potential environmental and geotechnical considerations specific to a proposed development.


As part of the Desk Study, we will collate and assimilate the relevant information to provide information and advice on:


  • The history of the site and adjoining areas, such as any industrial or commercial processes or other activities on or off-site that could have been potentially contaminative or could have modified the underlying ground structure to create migration pathways;



  • Site Walkover, where necessary;



  • The geological, geochemical, historical, hydrological, hydrogeological and ecological setting of the site;



  • Potential receptors of contamination, such as current and intended site users, nearby water abstractions, and areas of ecological sensitivity;



  • Proximity to hazardous waste management facilities (licensed or unlicensed) and other contamination sources which could have an impact on the site and receptors of contamination;



  • The existence of naturally occurring harmful materials such as radon or naturally enhanced concentrations of harmful substances;





Such desk studies are variously described as Preliminary Contamination Risk Assessments, Geo-environmental Desk Studies, and Phase 1 Desk Studies.



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