Ebbw Vale Steelworks
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Ebbw Vale (South Wales) Steelworks Regeneration

Client: Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

Value: £5.3m


  • Extensive chemical testing and analysis
  • Removal of 50,000m3 of reinforced concrete walls, slabs and foundations
  • Improvement of landscape form
  • Large scale earthworks to create a level platform


The former Ebbw Vale steelworks site is a 21 hectare, former industrial location with a 200 year heritage – steeped in steel manufacture and coal mining. Once a rural area, it soon developed into a growing community thanks to the industrial revolution and its services to the steel industry.

Currently undergoing a significant renovation strategy, the area has already been partly excavated, with the construction of a new hospital already completed and a new college underway. Having previously worked on various aspects of the renovation, Walters were contracted to begin work at the Westgate site.


Walters’ work on the Ebbw Vale regeneration strategy included large scale earthworks intended to create a level platform that would be suitable for further development. This platform included a 1.5 metre thick constraint free zone beneath the finished surface level.

Walters also had to demolish and remove approximately 50,000 m3 of reinforced concrete from the site, in addition to stabilising a number of existing basements and mine entries. Also a large area (close to 12,500m3) underwent considerable bioremediation due to heavy hydrocarbon contamination. This was achieved through extensive chemical testing and scientific analysis.

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