Coventry Citys chief executive Stuart Rolt today said that work re-siting the
working gas utilities on the site would begin in the next few weeks.
"The first job is to remove the gas holders and then the gas pressure reducing
station, which is a highly technical piece of kit, will be relocated on the site.
"That is scheduled to start in a month or so and will take up until November when
the decontamination can start."
The decontamination of the site will be carried out by Edmund Nuttall Ltd, Surrey, part
of the HBG Group, and experts in the field.
Area manager Bob Treadgold said the company didnt know what to expect until it
actually started on site.
"The process involves two stages assessment and then decontamination. There
is an intensive period of establishing the nature of the contamination, which is done by a
series of investigations into previous use and sampling of material on the site.
"After that we come up with a remediation strategy which matches the end use of
the land and the contamination which is there."
The company then decides which process for cleaning the site is most appropriate.
"They range from excavating material and taking it to a licensed, controlled
landfill site, to changing the nature of the soil in situ, washing, venting where
gas is present and screening which is effectively sieving.
"There have been some preliminary works carried out by British Gas who own the
site. They carry out investigations so the purchaser Coventry City in this case
know what they are buying."
The decontamination work is expected to take around a month.