Harworth Former Coking Works

Potentially significant groundwater issues at Harworth Group’s former coking works needed to be addressed in order for the site in South Yorkshire to be redeveloped. Early indications were that groundwater contamination associated with the former coking works could cost several million pounds due to the depth (<30 m) and nature of the contamination – dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) in sandstone.


Before work commenced, Englobe undertook an extensive review of the existing data available about the site to develop a course of action to address these groundwater issues.  The first stage entailed a detailed review and development of a design investigation and quantitative risk assessment to address data gaps within the existing conceptual model.



The design highlighted that there were fundamental flaws in the existing model, which meant the remedial strategy would be fully reassessed and revised prior to discussion with the Environment Agency (EA).


Englobe agreed a new remedial strategy with the EA with limited source removal and wider natural attenuation based on a robust conceptual understanding of the site. The remediation, comprising of non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) recovery and conceptual model validation was designed, delivery and operated by Englobe over a 12-week period. This included recovery of NAPL from eight 35m plus deep wells.

Englobe is one of Canada’s premier firms specializing in professional engineering services, environmental sciences, and soil and biomass treatment.

Risk was managed by:

  • Clear and measurable outcomes agreed with the Regulator and achieved through the remediation design and implementation.
  • Englobe’s design experience meant that the previously considered extensive remedial requirement was effectively designed out at an early stage, minimising cost and programme risks. The final design was pragmatic, with clearly defined end points based on betterment, meaning that the remediation treatment time was limited and that the agreed closeout criteria were achievable.
  • Englobe’s remediation assessment and design capability, together with knowledge of environmental legislation and regulatory requirements, and the ability to deliver the plant from a in-house inventory, provided the client with a complete and cost-effective package.


Review and design capability gave a substantial time, cost and risk saving to the Harworth Group over previous remediation scopes. This coupled with the relationship and negotiation capabilities with the Regulator allowed pragmatic and achievable endpoints for the remediation to be agreed rather that open ended targets.


Englobe assessed, designed and implemented the remediation from beginning to end meaning that the Harworth Group only needed to contract with one company, saving time and cost.


Both phases of the project were delivered on budget and programme, and completed under Englobe’s Environmental Permit while meeting all the requirement of the design parameters agreed with the EA.