The Union of Environmental Enterprises (UMiO) is a partnership of environmental trade associations and environment professionals. Its awards assessed nominations for Belgium-based soil research, remediation and protection projects with clear added value.
The judges looked for innovation, wider applicability, integrated character, collaboration and durability to draw up a shortlist of projects. These were then voted on by environmental professionals, who chose RSK’s project as the winner. The project included treatment of groundwater contaminated with zinc on the former zinc-processing site of BMT Boechout. The 5-ha site in the middle of the municipality of Boechout had been used for zinc processing since the 1920s. In 2012, the landowner decided to redevelop the site with housing: 325 sustainable homes are to be in built in four phases over 10 years.
RSK’s innovative and integrated remediation package impressed the judges because their approach delivered significant time, cost and environmental benefits. The project during 2013/2016 was undertaken in consultation with the municipality and in conjunction with RSK partners, project developers BMT and GANDS for funding and remediation company DC Environment for the full-scale zinc precipitation work.
Dirk Van Look, project manager for RSK Benelux, said, “Our UMiO Award 2017 for Best Soil Project win recognises the value of this project, as we were able to clean up a large site effectively and quickly while helping to preserve its natural and historic beauty. This was important to the redevelopment, as the housing needed to retain a village feel.
“Winning the award is a great tribute to the professionalism and experience of our team in Belgium and gives us good visibility within the sector while showcasing our work to the wider public,” Dirk concluded.
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