So when Tim White, senior associate at soil and landscape consultancy Tim O’Hare Associates, spoke to the Institute of Chartered Foresters recently on the challenges of creating the park’s landscape, members were all ears.
The company was responsible for design, overseeing installation, and monitoring the seven different soil types required to support a range of planting environments on the park.
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is now an exemplar for other schemes on former industrial urban land where the soil has been remediated and/or augmented to create suitable topsoils.
At the presentation held at the park, White covered problems to look for with urban soils, including compaction, variability, the inclusion of foreign matter such as bricks, concrete and glass, chemical contamination and poor drainage.
He also gave an overview of the Olympic Park soil strategy for landscape construction on the site, including the design of a soil remediation strategy whilst working within challenging programme constraints around drainage and sustainability.
White and Tim O’Hare Associates are currently working on a number of projects involving surveying and analysing urban soils, including for the Royal Parks.