Victory Quay site in Tipner was the focus of a visit from Ukrainian academics recently, as part of a broader UK research and learning trip. Eight staff members from the country’s Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University visited the site to increase their knowledge and expertise around managing remediation and unexploded artillery.
The visit to Victory Quay, which once completed will feature 835 new homes together with new green spaces, commercial, social and recreational facilities, was part of a series arranged by the University of East Anglia through Universities UK International’s UK-Ukraine R&I twinning grants scheme, funded by Research England, part of UK Research and Innovation. Given the challenges that will result from the current conflict, the trip is aiming to help see Ukraine better placed to manage future land remediation when the war ends. With the site’s history and its ground conditions, it was agreed the delegation would visit for a tour as well as to hear talks from members of VIVID’s professional consultant team on the planned approach to remediation.
The visiting delegation were welcomed by Tristan Samuels, VIVID’s group development and new business director and more broadly to Portsmouth by the city council’s leader, Councillor Steve Pitt.
Tristan said, “Given our commitment to sharing knowledge with others and with the clear need there will be in future to see land safely and thoroughly remediated in Ukraine when the conflict is over, we were pleased to host the team from Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University. From talking to the group during the visit, it was clear they valued the time they were spending with our team”.
Councillor Steve Pitt, leader of Portsmouth City Council commented: "It was a pleasure to meet the delegation from Ukraine and welcome them to Portsmouth and interesting to learn how the work being undertaken on this site in Tipner will help inform the team's approach in Ukraine. It's important we share the experience and expertise we have in the UK when it will support Ukraine's future success."
VIVID has assembled a strong professional team to advise on the remediation of Victory Quay, which is being led by Soilfix, a specialist in decontamination. George Evans, its Managing Director, added:
“The site at Tipner has a long history associated with fuel storage and military uses and so has parallels with many of the war damaged sites in Ukraine. The visit was an excellent opportunity to share knowledge and support Ukraine in their future effort to rebuild the country.”