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The Avenue Wingerworth Derbyshire

The Avenue at Wingerworth near Chesterfield is the site of a major former coking plant. It has been transformed over several years to create housing, a school, leisure and sports facilities, as well as park and wetlands.

Engineers at BSP Consulting were responsible for detailed designs of 270 houses that have been built as part of the first phase of housing, constructed by Kier Living Central. The Avenue is a collection of 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes.

The site, which has a long industrial history that includes coalmining, a lime and iron works, and a coking plant, is thought to have been one of the most contaminated sites in Western Europe.

An extensive remediation programme involving a team of experts from several organisations has been in operation to clean up the 98 hectares – an area of the size of about 200 football pitches.

After 15 years of remediation and preparation for development, new multi user trails have been prepared and 7,000 trees have been planted to create an impressive green infrastructure to compliment future housing schemes.

The Avenue is the creation of a new suburb that places community at the heart of a collaborative urban and spacial design. It is a place where an unprecedented level of positive change was driven forward by local people and carries a genuine emotional investment for the community of Wingerworth.

With a reputation as one of Europe’s most contaminated sites the scheme had an extensive and complex history.

Working for the ultimate housing developer (Kier living) on behalf of homes England (EMDA when they started looking at this scheme) we had to analyse and work within a framework set out as part of an overall remediation scheme.

Foundation solutions and gas protection measures were derived within an nhbc lqe process. A visionary and complex highways arrangement required significant design review and detailing to achieve s38 and used some bespoke and ambitious details.


  • Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering


Homes & Communities Agency (HCA)


Kier Living (Central)


IDP Architects

Project Description

270 houses that have been built as part of the first phase of housing, being constructed by Kier Living Central.


February 2019

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