New West Costessey Primary School

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Sheila Oliver

Dear NPS Property Consultants Limited,

Were NPS involved with the above mentioned school and was the site in any way contaminated?

Yours faithfully,

Sheila Oliver

Sharp, Deirdre,

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From: Sheila Oliver [[2]mailto:[FOI #73847 email]]
Sent: 05 June 2011 09:50
To: Norwich Lancaster House
Subject: Freedom of Information request - New West Costessey Primary
School

Dear NPS Property Consultants Limited,

Were NPS involved with the above mentioned school and was the site
in any way contaminated?

Yours faithfully,

Sheila Oliver

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Dear Ms Sharpe

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Sheila Oliver

Sharp, Deirdre,

Dear Mrs Oliver,

We have now processed your request of 5 June 2011, in which you asked:
"Were NPS involved with the above mentioned school and was the site in any
way contaminated?"

Our response is as follows:

Yes, NPS Property Consultants Ltd was involved in the Queen's Hill Primary
School project in Costessey, Norfolk, which is the project described as
West Costessey Primary School.

Regarding the site, here are relevant extracts from SIC Site investigation
report No. 9309:
"The purpose of the investigation is to obtain site-specific information
on the below-ground conditions and determine a safe bearing pressure for
the design of foundations to the proposed school.

The site forms part of a wider area of infilled ground that has been
subject to general investigation and testing. No contamination assessment
work was required.

A plan indicating the proposed layout was available at the time of the
investigation."
"Careful examination was made both of the soil as it was revealed and also
of the soil samples later. Classification was generally in accordance with
BS.5930".

" Subsequent testing of samples taken from the holes included:

o Particle size distribution (PSD) tests on fifteen representative
samples of sand,
o Moisture content determinations on the same fifteen samples, plus the
four subgrade test samples, and
o Sulphate & pH determination on an aqueous soil extract from each of
the boreholes."

" The exploratory hole findings confirm the presence of about 12m
thickness of 'engineered fill' beneath the site, consisting mainly of
inorganic silty sand but with a slight humic component in a layer at
around 2m below the existing sloping surface.

The penetration test results suggest some vertical variations in relative
density, with 'dense' conditions at 2m and a tendency towards 'loose'
conditions in the fill below 7m depth.

A design bearing pressure of 50 kN/m2 can be justified subject to
settlement considerations, and raft-type construction is appropriate to
provide resistance to differential movements and as a precaution against
the small risk of future development of voids.

Brief comments are made on other aspects of the proposed development"
I believe that we have responded fully to the extent of relevant
information held.
Yours sincerely,
Deirdre Sharp
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Dear Ms Sharpe

Thank you but the above is meaningless. The Harcourt Street school site was declared in an investigation report also purporting to have complied with British Standards as to have been shown not to have been contaminated, when it was entirely contaminated with lead, arsenic, brown asbestos and presumably some other carcinogens which are still being kept secret.

I should contact your insurers about this if I were you.

Please let me have the New West Costessey Primary School investigation report via this site and not a paper copy.

Kind regards

Yours sincerely,

Sheila Oliver