Brownfield Land Scotland 2023

7 February 2023 in Glasgow

Business Conference

The programme covered a wide range of relevant policy, technical and academic topics. It was great to return in-person event.

Renfrewshire Council

A hugely worthwhile event with presentations from industry professionals, networking with colleagues across Scotland and the UK.

Masons Evans Partnership

The event provided a learning opportunity from experienced hands. The networking opportunity was invaluable.

East Dunbartonshire Council


Come together with the Scottish brownfield community at Environment Analyst’s 16th annual Brownfield Land Scotland conference, which is returning to The Grosvenor Hotel, Glasgow on 7 February 2023.


Brought to you by Environment Analyst's Brownfield & Regeneration Network, this conference will provide practical solutions for the improved investigation and development of brownfield and contaminated land in Scotland.

Early-bird tickets are available until 16 December, so book now to save up to £140.

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Conference Agenda

Brownfield Land Scotland 2023

Practical Solutions for the Improved Investigation & Development of Brownfield & Contaminated Land in Scotland

9.00 Registration and Coffee


9.30 Opening Remarks from the Morning Chair 

9.40 National Planning Framework 4 – Delivering Change

  • National priorities and outcomes

  • Spatial priorities and national planning policy

  • Place-based delivery


Fiona Simpson, Chief Planner, Scottish Government

10.05 Delivering NPF4: The Role of Land

  • Examining the main objectives of NPF4 including land re-use and net zero

  • The implications of our current housing model being largely based on the development of greenfield land

  • Exploring how we can learn from examples of brownfield development in Scotland and in Europe

  • Proposing how changes to the way we assemble land and evaluate investment decisions can support a shift from greenfield development to land re-use in order to support the delivery of NPF4


David Stewart, Policy & Practice Lead, Scottish Land Commission 


10.30 Case Study: Working Together to Bring Brownfield Land Back into Use

10.55 Q&A

11.10 Morning Refreshments & Networking

11.40 Case Study: Complex Conceptualisation of Creosote - the Curious Case of DNAPL Migration into an Artesian Aquifer

A valuable case study demonstrating the importance of identifying limitations and uncertainty in conceptual site models – as mandated by NQMS.

The site comprises a five hectare site identified as ‘vacant land’ formerly occupied by a sawmill and timber works from 1910 – 2010. Fife Council secured monies from its allocation of the Scottish Government Vacant and Derelict Land Fund to unlock comprehensive investigations on this complex site to progress regeneration of the site and surrounding area.

RSK completed a phased approach to investigation and used multiple lines of evidence to demonstrate the presence of a pollutant linkage involving migration of creosote DNAPL into a confined bedrock aquifer despite presence of up to 11 m of cohesive till and artesian conditions. Key uncertainties and their implications for site assessment conclusions and remediation requirements were clearly identified and the implications for site redevelopment and remediation were outlined. This project won the Environment Analyst Brownfield Award 2022 for Best Project Preparatory Work.

Helen McMillan, Associate Director and QRA Technical Lead, RSK Geosciences


12.00 Advances in Laboratory Analysis for Different Contaminants to Optimise Risk Assessment


12.25 Climate Change Considerations for Land Contamination Risk Assessment

12.50 Q&A 


13.05 Networking Lunch

14.00 Panel Discussion: Improving the Quality of Gas Protection Installation & Verification 


  • Understanding the regulatory and policy guidance and applying it to design specifications

    • including key criteria outlined in BS8485:2015+A1:2019 regarding the design and specification of suitable gas membranes

    • evaluating appropriate use of the BS4845 points system and where / how it can be used

    • understanding the inter-relationship between risk assessment and protection design

  • Better understanding the implications of protection measures stated as “required” or “recommended”: the importance of early consideration of gas protection 

  • Reviewing the take-up and success of accreditation schemes and the extent to which adequate competency can and should be demonstrated - ensuring independent verification

  • Gas protection post-planning and development - how to ensure continuing protection once conditions are verified and signed off  

  • Effective collaboration to achieve a holistic approach to designing and installing gas protection measures


Kevin Mitchell, UK Technical Manager, Butek Landline, Butyl Products Group

Ian Cochrane, Director, Mason Evans Partnership

14.35 Case Study: Remediation of Former Auldcathie Landfill, Winchburgh

  • Outlining the history and development planning context 

  • Developing the site within the SEPA Regime

  • Detailing the technical response and design solution

  • Community benefits and project outcome 


John Hamilton, Chief Executive, Winchburgh Developments

Duncan Pickering, Technical Manager Land Quality, Sweco

This project won the Best Sustainable/Urban Regeneration/Infrastructure Scheme Award at the Environment Analyst 2022 Brownfield Awards.

15.00 Working Towards Circular Economy Practices with Materials on Brownfield Development Projects

  • Reviewing existing guidance, new policy and likely changes to legislation to further encourage the re-use and recycling of all development materials, including soils:

    • new aggregates tax and possible exemptions

  • Exploring examples of current practice with regards to legal permitting

  • Assessing the practical challenges of enforcing current SEPA guidance


Laura Tainsh, Partner, Davidson Chalmers Stewart LLP


15.25 Q&A

15.35 Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

16.00 Interactive Roundtable Session 


These focused, interactive, break-out sessions give you the opportunity to discuss a key topic of interest to you in a more participative format. Each small group will be led by a facilitator who will lead the discussion and encourage maximum debate and sharing of ideas.


Roundtable topics will be published shortly. If you would like to suggest a topic for inclusion in this session please get in touch.

16.45 Roundtable Feedback


Each break-out session facilitator will briefly share the key learning points from their discussion with the audience.

17.15 Closing Remarks from the Chair and Close of Conference followed by a Complimentary Drinks Reception 


Over 120 attendees joined us last year, including...

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Why attend?

  • Get first-hand updates on the latest risk assessment guidance and planning framework changes

  • Learn about techniques and resources available to improve remediation strategies and enhance your understanding of brownfield sites

  • Share problems and explore solutions with those experiencing the same challenges as you

  • Make new connections and regroup with your peers

Modern Bridge

Who should attend?

  • Contaminated Land Officers

  • Contaminated Land Specialists

  • Managing Directors

  • Operations Directors

  • Regional Directors

  • Environmental Engineers

  • Environmental Officers

  • Environmental Consultants

  • Environmental Health Officers

  • Principal Consultants

  • Policy and Communications Officers

  • Geologists

  • Environmental Scientists

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The Grosvenor Hotel

1-9 Grosvenor Terrace
G12 0TB

Accommodation: Receive 10% discount on the Grosvenor Glasgow’s Bed & Breakfast Advanced Purchase Rate by clicking here.