Our engineer says the SHEP report (Scottish Historic Environmental Policy) report done to justify the demolition of the London Road Primary School has been cobbled together – it’s several reports with sections missing from either a photocopy or fax and headers created. Have a look at it under GCC Planning reference 12/01360/DC.
He said that no Site Investigation was done and when you look at the report, the Waterman engineers only used previous borehole data and the SHEP report was basically done to achieve the aim of demolition and was not impartial.
While in the British Geological Survey system I thought I’d have a look at the borehole data in and around Celtic Park.
Establishment of Parkhead/Celtic Park
But firstly to put the location into context have a look at this entry in the CelticWiki of the creation of Parkhead/Celtic Park:
Parkhead/Celtic Park is built on top of a very large claypit/brickyard and below we’ll look at some of the borehole data and I can tell you it wasn’t filled with earth, which sounds clean and stable, but filled with ash & made ground probably from all the steel works and factories nearby. Some of the thicknesses recorded were 27ft and 21ft.
We can begin to understand the Co-operative Bank, as well as the below market interest rates on the Celtic PLC loan & overdraft, wanting more security from Celtic and their need to deliver it.
Borehole Data Scans
Look at three reports (5 boreholes) of what is under Celtic Park.
The third report records a comment:
One borehole of 7+ metres (21ft) of ‘Loose to very loose, black ASH, gravelly sand sized,with traces of sandy silted clay’ plus more beyond that limit:
One borehole of 9 metres (27ft) of ‘Very loose grey ASH, silty sand and gravel sized, with slag, rubble and occasional timber, becoming loose with depth’
When Celtic Park was redeveloped this amount of unstable loose made ground could not have been removed with the stands and playing ground in-situ. Also you cannot transition 27ft, 21ft and 16ft to solid ground very rapidly over such a small area. I reckon its mostly still there.
With the mineshaft, fault and coal workings near the stadium the whole area would appear to be unstable. How could the GCC approve planning for the stadium redevelopment without substantial remediation & stabilisation?
That explain why the facade/entrance to Celtic Park is so low – maybe the ground/foundations there cannot take a large structure:
Thanks to the engineer for the SHEP report critique.