Taking site clean-up to the next level

Nearly 40 years of operations left the soil, river and groundwater near the former Avenue coking works in Derbyshire badly polluted. Rachel Salvidge reports on a massive clean-up operation and restoration project with multiple challenges

After remediation, the former coking works site gained planning permission for a development including homes and a nature reserveBritish Coal subsidiary CPL closed its Avenue coking works at Wingerworth near Chesterfield in 1992.

It had been operating since 1956, processing half a million tonnes of coal every year to make smokeless fuel, benzole, tar and sulphuric acid (see box, top right).

Please sign in or register to continue.

Sign in to continue reading

Having trouble signing in?

Contact Customer Support at
or call 020 8267 8120

Subscribe for full access

or Register for limited access

Already subscribe but don't have a password?
Activate your web account here