English Partnerships is spearheading an initiative to offer free seminars and training to encourage brownfield regeneration in the northwest UK.

The Government’s regeneration agency has teamed up with a range of parties such as Envirolink Northwest, Manchester City Council, Arup, Macclesfield Borough Council, and the National House Building Council to create the North West Brownfield Regeneration Forum.

It said the forum aims to improve skills and training opportunities by providing free and easily accessible seminars on topical subjects of the day for brownfield practitioners from all backgrounds within the region.

Range of topics

Topics that will be considered include site investigation, risk assessment and remediation, all aspects of waste, contaminated land, consultation and stakeholder involvement.

Richard Boyle, brownfield technical consultant at English Partnerships, said: ‘The North West has a large quantity of brownfield land, some of which has very challenging problems which need to be overcome in bringing it back into beneficial use. Although much work has been done to regenerate this land, by many excellent organisations, there is always more we can do to increase our skills and training opportunities in the region.'

Extensive derelict land
Senior sector development manager in land remediation at Envirolink Northwest Pia Wagner, said: ‘As a region with extensive areas of derelict land, England’s North West has experienced, skilled operators with a world-class reputation for site clean-up and redevelopment. This Forum aims to enhance the knowledge base.’

The first seminar is schedule for next month.