Project: Remediation of Large Oil Spill, Tesco, Dundee

Tesco Distribution Centre, Dundee

the commission

A large historical hydrocarbon spillage was identified during a construction project at a call centre and distribution warehouse. The hydrocarbon spillage formed a significant risk of significant harm to the water environment and end users of the site via generation of ground gas and vapours from the hydrocarbon plume. This led to the identification and designation of the site as Contaminated Land and a Special Site under Part II A of The Environmental Protection Act 1990 (Scotland). Fairhurst were commissioned by Tesco to undertake and facilitate the required investigations, risk assessment, remediation and coordination of regulatory liaison.

our input

Fairhurst performed the role of lead designer, project manager and contract manager for the investigation, risk assessment, remediation and verification works. We also represented the client during all regulatory communications including detailed presentations.


Through considerate design of investigation and remediation, the clients distribution and call centre operations were unaffected by investigation and remediation works over a 10 year period. To achieve this, ‘out of the box’ thinking via regular workshops were run by the Project Partner. Through detailed knowledge and understanding of environmental legislation, Fairhurst were able to communicate effectively with and advise the legal team to secure the best position for the client over the long term


Fairhurst were able to secure regulatory signoff for the remediation works and verification works and de- designation of Special Site Status Under Part II A of the EPA. This facilitated site sale to proceed. It is understood that at the time, this was the first time this was achieved in Scotland.

Geotechnical and Environmental
Industrial, Infrastructure