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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Introduction and development of the Conceptual model (Day 1)

The ability to conduct thorough desk studies and to produce and understand initial conceptual site models is fundamental to the effective identification of potential contamination issues at a site.

This is one of a series of 5 one-day courses covering the fundamental subject matter relevant to the investigation, assessment and management of land contamination. The courses aim to improve knowledge of the subject matter and the application of this knowledge in the risk-based approach for the assessment and management of land contamination.  The courses in this series cover legislation and conceptual models, site characterisation, human-health risk assessment, remediation and risk management and reviewing 3rd Party reports.  These courses can be taken individually or in combination.

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This introductory course will provide delegates with:

  • an overview of contaminated land legislation, including the planning and  Part 2A regimes
  • an overview of the risk assessment framework and the central role of conceptual site models
  • detailed knowledge on how to conduct desk studies and site walkovers 
  • detailed knowledge and practical experience in creating initial conceptual site models.

There will be a practical session towards the end of the day involving the use of site data to create an initial conceptual site model highlighting potential linkages between contaminant sources, pathways and receptors

Land Quality Management courses are renowned for their relevance and quality.  This comes from our belief that training should be interesting, relevant and make a difference to the way our delegates go about their normal contaminated land related business.  We always select top quality tutors with both the experience to communicate and the knowledge to share – as well as the enthusiasm to improve the way land contamination issues are tackled.

By the end of the course delegates should be better able to:

  • design and conduct desk studies and site walkovers;
  • create initial conceptual site models; and
  • interpret initial conceptual site models.

All delegates will be issued with a Certificate of Attendance which should be retained and used to provide evidence of CPD activity when required by employers or professional bodies.

This is an introductory course suitable for new starters, those needing a refresher or for those managing contaminated land staff.

This course is of relevance to :

  • Regulatory and local authority staff involved with contaminated land issues
  • Consultants
  • Problem holders and developers needing a more in-depth understanding of contaminated land issues
  • Anyone producing contaminated land reports
  • Anyone reviewing third party reports
Location Date Place Cost Places
Nottingham (Private Sector) TBC £285.00 5
Nottingham (Public sector) TBC £170.00 7


Note: All prices exclude VAT, which we are obliged to charge at the prevailing rate

The defalt payment option is by online card payment.  To pay by invoice, select “Order by Invoice” and enter your purchase order number during checkout. The card payment discount (see below) does not apply to orders paid by invoice. If you opted to pay by invoice, you need to download your invoice from 'My Orders' and submit it for payment as soon as possible. No additional invoice will be issued by LQM.

DISCOUNTS (please read carefully) *:
  1. all5 Discount: Enter all5 into the 'Voucher Code' box under 'My Basket' to get a £150.00 discount after you have added all 5 days of this series. Please note the all5 voucher only applies to a booking comprising all 5 days and can be used once per order. To book 2 or more delegates on the entire series, book each delegate separately and apply the all5 voucher code to each separate order. Discounts cannot be applied retrospectively.
  2. Card payment discount: A 20% discount is automatically applied to all orders paid by a debit or credit card. This is the default payment option.
  3. Public sector rates only apply to qualifying organisations (i.e. Local Authorities, Health Authorities, the Environment Agency, SEPA, etc.).
  4. LQM may occasionally issue other promotions & vouchers. Please note only one voucher can be used per order.
  5. LQM reserve the right to modify charges if the above discount rules are not followed.

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Can't make these dates?  Have lots of potential delegates? Have you considered hosting this course for your staff? Or commissioning a bespoke course to meet your training needs?

Feedback comments have included:

September 2018

"The practicals helped cement that I knew what I was doing" (Consultant)

"The course content was interesting and it was delivered well"  (Local Authority)

"Everything well explained from basics" (Consultant)

February 2018

"Excellent introduction, understanding Planinng versus Part 2A. CSM practical gets one thinking" (Local Authority)

"The information and practical at the end of the lecture develops the information" (Local Authority)

"Developed my understanding of the CSM" (Consultant)

"Very well presented" (Consultant)

"Lectures to the point and covered essentials" (Consultant)

"Up to date and practical information, excellent course" (Consultant)

"Good overview of the background, well presented" (Local Authority)

September 2017

"Refresher from course I did a few years ago, so gave updated information" (Local Authority)

"Enjoyed it overall" (Local Authority)

"Handouts & detailed presentations & depth of information" (Consultant)

"Practical & entusiasm of presenter, very relevant to my new position as a consultant" (Consultant)

"All extremely good" (Local Authority)

February 2017

"Very enthusiastic presentation.  Good, relevant content"

"Friendly lecturer. Small group. Nice room"

"Good presentation and excellent knowledge"

"excellent delivery of material"

October 2016

“Detailed explanation of concepts & ideas, clarifying queries or areas of misunderstanding” (Local Authority)

"Professionally taught with a good balance between teaching time and time to reflect on the new information" (Consultant)

“Extremely well focused” (Local Authority)

“Good hand-outs. Very good location” (Local Authority)

March 2013

"Practical very useful"

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Human-health risk assessment (Day 3)

This course builds on the fundamental principles of risk assessment introduced in Day 1- Introduction and Development of Conceptual Models. The focus will be on the principles of human health risk assessment & generic quantitative risk assessment. It will cover issues such as the use of Soil Guideline Values (SGVs) and what to do when there is no SGV available 

Risk Management and Remediation (Day 4)

This course outlines the range of remediation technologies available in the UK. The course covers remediation strategy selection and delegates will practice selecting appropriate remedial strategies to demonstrably break significant pollutant linkages 

Reviewing Third Party Reports (Day 5)

This course provides guidance on reviewing third party reports. It will cover all aspects of the risk assessment process from reviewing the initial conceptual model through to remediation strategies.

Site Characterisation (Day 2)

This course introduces the legislative and risk assessment frameworks that underpin Part 2A and planning. It highlights the fundamental importance of the conceptual model. Delegates will gain practical experience of creating & using conceptual models.

Asbestos in soil: Human-health risk assessment and remediation

This is NOT a CAR-Soil course.  This course explores the unique nature of asbestos and the challenges it presents to standard method of risk assessment and remediation under planning and Part 2A.  The course will be delivered by co-authors of CIRIA's Asbestos in soil and made ground: a guide to understanding and managing risks (C733)