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Case Study – Former Bridges Garage

Environmental Monitoring and Site Remediation

Client:  St. James’s Place Wealth Management Limited

Hydrogeo was commissioned by St. James’s Place Wealth Management Limited (SJP) to support the acquisition and redevelopment of the former Bridges Garage premises in Cirencester.

The garage, formerly a Renault Car Dealership and Texaco fuel filling station ceased operations in June 2008. Bridges Garage was purchased by SJP who secured planning permission to develop the site as temporary car parking to serve their UK headquarters St. James’s Place accessed off Tetbury Road, Cirencester

Hydrogeo provided a full range of environmental consultancy services in order to successfully satisfy planning conditions assigned to SJP ownership and change of use. Works progressed by Hydrogeo comprised site investigation, controlled waters risk assessment, formulation of a remediation strategy and remediation verification works.

The temporary car park was successfully completed and associated planning conditions signed off by Cotswold Distract Council in 2012.

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Former Bridges Garage – Latest News

Hydrogeo are thrilled to have been commissioned by Citygrove a specialist property development and investment company who are to progress development of a second phase of offices on the former Bridges Garage site with works set to commence in January 2015.

“Phase II will meet the expansion requirements of St. James’s Place who require new accommodation for an additional 450 employees. St. James’s Place Phase II will be constructed using a similar design and high quality materials as Citygrove’s original St. James’s Place office scheme.”

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Site Investigation

Soil Sampling

Water Monitoring

Gas Monitoring

Remediation Verification

Regulatory Liaison

The Roman Cockerel

The team were privileged to be present on site supervising remediation works in 2011 when a number of archaeological finds were identified beneath the former garage including a spectacular bronze enamelled cockerel figurine. The cockerel is one of only nine known cockerel figurines from the Roman world and is the only example with its tail intact. The cockerel is on display in the Corinium Museum, Cirencester along with an exceptional example of a Roman flagon and a selection of jewellery which include beads and bracelets also found during the initial site redevelopment.

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