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Our UKAS ISO 17025-accredited hazardous materials laboratory operates under the legal entity Lucion Services Ltd. We participate in the Asbestos In Materials Scheme (AIMS).

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Lucion Delta-Simons Ltd is a member of the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists (AGS).

Scanning Electrons Microscopy Fibre Counting Scheme (SEMS)

Our UKAS ISO 17025-accredited hazardous materials laboratory operates under the legal entity Lucion Services Ltd. We participate in the Scanning Electrons Microscopy Fibre Counting Scheme (SEMS).


Lucion Delta-Simons Ltd has provided invaluable advice on the environmental elements at West Midlands Interchange allowing us as owners and development managers to proceed with confidence on this complex and challenging scheme.  Lucion Delta-Simons Ltd has worked with sensitivity and flexibility around the various land ownership issues encountered and combined seamlessly with the other members of the professional team to help move through the purchase of the site towards enabling works, infrastructure, and unit construction.  We look forward to continuing our work with the team to deliver this exciting and significant logistics scheme.

Michael Kirkland Logistics Capital Partners

Lucion is a professional and very approachable organisation. Extremely helpful in giving technical advice on asbestos management issues.

NHS Property Services Ltd

Thorough risk assessment, considerate of the nature of the proposed development. Lucion Delta-Simons Ltd identified pragmatic, cost-saving solutions designed to reduce disposal requirements and negate potential risks to future development.

Royal Albert Docks Representative

Lucion Delta-Simons Ltd took on a hopelessly muddled attempt at remediation coupled with very difficult relations between contractors and the regulatory authorities and quickly introduced clarity and coherence to the situation.  Their advice was succinct and to the point and yet detailed enough to satisfy the regulators. A seemingly intractable situation was resolved quickly, and without fuss allowing us to get on with the development.

Earl of Romney Estate

Quite simply, we could not have made the progress we have achieved at Leafbridge without the support of Lucion Delta-Simons Ltd. They were a fundamental part of the team in the process that delivered us a planning consent for the site and have provided ongoing support through the discharge of planning conditions and detailed design activities. Their greatest strength has to be their responsiveness. If we uncover an issue on site, we know that by making one call they will be able to quickly send someone to site who will provide professional support and assistance.

Paul Wheatley Senior Project Manager

Solving the unique multi-faceted equation of difficult geology, surface water discharge restrictions, low carbon construction and a very tight budget could have been at least very disruptive to the project, and at worst could have prevented the project from being completed. This was accomplished far more easily due to the collaborative, flexible, innovative and always attentive involvement of Lucion Delta-Simons Ltd. I look forward to involving the team in all future projects with a need for geological investigation, management of potential waste and compliance with Environmental bodies.

Ken Bassett Senior Site Manager, Morgan Sindall

The project team have provided invaluable advice and expert reports on the geo-environmental aspects of this complex site culminating in obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals from the Local Authority, Natural England and the Environment Agency to allow the development to proceed. The team have allowed us to proceed with confidence on this complex and challenging scheme. We look forward to working with the team throughout the enabling/construction works and also on future brownfield regeneration projects.

James Mawson Director

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Contaminated Soils FAQs

Failure to responsibly manage contaminated land can lead to various negative consequences, including: 

  • Health risks to individuals exposed to hazardous materials 
  • Environmental damage, such as contamination of surface water or harm to protected species 
  • Legal and financial liabilities for responsible parties 
  • Delays or additional costs in construction projects 
  • Reputational damage for organisations involved  

 Proper management of contaminated land, including thorough testing and remediation, when necessary, is essential to mitigate these risks and ensure the safety of people and the environment. 

Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) is an advanced technique that allows for the magnification of samples up to 200,000x, providing conclusive evidence of asbestos fibres in air samples. SEM is considered the best technique for determining asbestos risk in buildings where asbestos is managed in situ, particularly in high-traffic occupancy spaces prone to faster degradation. SEM analysis can be a valuable tool in assessing the effectiveness of asbestos management strategies and ensuring regulatory compliance

Soils chemical testing is crucial for identifying contaminants that could be harmful to human health and the environment. It helps determine if soils can be reused or remediated and provides insight into how remediated waste may behave in landfill (WAC Testing). The results of soils chemical testing enable informed decision-making regarding the management and disposal of contaminated soils. 

Soil contamination can occur through various means, including: 

  • Historic factory sites producing chemicals or hazardous by-products 
  • Importation of contaminated materials 
  • Poor construction practices 
  • Degradation of surrounding properties 
  • Poor maintenance of hazardous materials 
  • Use of demolished historic buildings as crushed hardcore 

In the UK, the Land Contamination: Risk Management guidance outlines the legal requirements for managing contaminated land. The ‘responsible person’ (landowner or person responsible for causing the contamination) is obligated to manage or remediate the contamination to prevent further risk to life and the environment. Local authorities are responsible for determining if land is legally contaminated and appointing the responsible person. 

Contaminated soil contains hazardous materials that can pose unacceptable risks to individuals, protected species, surface water, and the environment. It may result from several factors, such as historic land use, importation of contaminated materials, poor construction methodology, or demolition of buildings containing hazardous substances. 

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