Great Britain has long and diverse history of mining activity. Over fifty mineral commodities have been extracted, ranging from large scale metal and building stone mining to small scale activities supporting local industries including extraction of jet, ball clay and graphite.
Past underground activity has resulted in voids that, particularly where shallow, may collapse and cause surface settlement.
Historic underground mining may lead to financial loss for anyone involved in the ownership or management of property, including developers, householders and local government. Costs could include increased insurance premiums, depressed house prices and in some cases, engineering works to stabilise land or property.
Armed with knowledge about potential issues, preventative measures can be put in place to alleviate the impact to people and property.
The mining hazard data combine geology, which constrains the distribution of workings, with records obtained through extensive literature searches to identify areas of past working, resulting in a national dataset indicating the likelihood of past underground mining.
Contact Kathrine Linley for more information.