Harwood Equestrian Centre
Harwood Equestrian Centre

Harwood Equestrian Centre

Activities on the site dated back over a century, with the extraction of stone for use in the local construction industry. In the 1950s the void created was utilised by the Local Authority as a landfill site to dispose of municipal wastes from the area. The site was closed in the 1980s and a thin covering of soils placed across the surface to ‘cap’ the wastes.

In 2008 Booth Ventures were approached by the then owners to remediate the site, being horse lovers, their aspiration was to use the area for equestrian activities. At this point, the site was effectively derelict with areas of exposed waste visible on the surface where water had eroded the inadequate soil layer.

Activities on the site dated back over a century, with the extraction of stone for use in the local construction industry. In the 1950s the void created was utilised by the Local Authority as a landfill site to dispose of municipal wastes from the area. The site was closed in the 1980s and a thin covering of soils placed across the surface to ‘cap’ the wastes.

In 2008 Booth Ventures were approached by the then owners to remediate the site, being horse lovers, their aspiration was to use the area for equestrian activities. At this point, the site was effectively derelict with areas of exposed waste visible on the surface where water had eroded the inadequate soil layer.

Booth Ventures obtained planning permission and the requisite environmental consents to import materials to change the site topography, to improve surface water run-off and fully cap the exposed wastes. As part of the works underground drainage pathways were addressed, and an ecological habitat was also created.

The net benefit of the works improved the local landscape, adding value to the community. The project improved biodiversity in the local area and helped to reduce the long-term environmental impacts of wastes placed in a historical ‘dilute and attenuate’ landfill.

After the infill phase was completed, a variety of developments took place: a 40m x 80m equestrian arena for horse riding and training, the construction of a stable block, grazing areas which had to be seeded with specifically selected and graded seeds for horses, a three-tiered weir system to manage on-site rainfall and an access road to allow for passage through the site.

From the outset the owners had been expecting a substantial financial outlay to complete the works and our activities turned this into a net benefit from royalties accrued on imported materials.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW EQUESTRIAN FACILITIES INCLUDING 40 X 80M EQUESTRIAN ARENA
  • NET BENEFITS TO THE CLIENT FROM ROYALTIES
  • WASTES COMPLIANTLY COVERED

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