LQM is a specialist environmental consultancy based in Nottingham (UK) with an international reputation for assessing and managing the risks posed to human health and the environment by contaminants in soil. Increasingly this is being done within a context of sustainable development and specifically sustainable brownfield regeneration.

We provide consultancy, peer review and expert witness services, contract research and training courses on all aspects of the management of land contamination to problem holders, developers and local government.

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Risk Assessment

Such risk assessments are relatively simple and straightforward at most sites; LQM specialise in those sites where this is not the case.  This includes large and/or heavily-contaminated sites with multiple contaminants; sites with complex geology and groundwater regimes; sites where remediation costs may be prohibitive or sites that are locally or nationally contentious.  With our wealth of experience, highly qualified multidisciplinary team, detailed knowledge of available tools and guidance and international reputation, LQM work to deliver robust and science-based advice to our clients. 

Our industry standard generic "Suitable 4 Use Levels" shows that we can also develop assessment criteria where none exist (either because the substance is an emerging contaminant or because the land use is not covered by existing GAC).

LQM have capabilities in undertaking quantitative assessments with respect to:

  • Human health (including Asbestos in soil and hazardous gas or vapours)
  • Controlled waters/hydrogeology
  • Ecological receptors
  • Buildings and building materials (including from explosive ground gases)
  • LQM have recently led the production of the CIRIA Guide to managing and understanding the risks of asbestos in soil and on brownfield sites (RP961).  This is the first guidance on a topic of growing concern in the UK for some two decades.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

To find out more about the management process for land contamination in the UK click here.