Solec Kujawski

Location of timbre test site in Solec Kujawski, Poland
Location of timbre test site in Solec Kujawski, Poland

Solec Kujawski is situated on the left bank of the Vistula River in Poland, 20 km South-East of Bydgoszcz and 35 km North-West of Toruń.  The town is inhabited by about 16 thousand people.

According to the official website of the city, the name of the town comes from an Old Polish word sół, sołek- which means a granary, the place where tributes to the Kujawy prince were paid.  Przemysł- the Kujawy prince granted the settlement town status  in 1325. The town was known as an important centre of the timber industry for almost the whole time of its existence. From 1772 the town was under the Prussian rule for 148 years. Solec Kujawski regained its independence on 19th  January in 1920. Solec Kujawski was given its name on 2nd December in 1924.

The timbre test site in Solec Kujawski is also a case within the project HOMBRE. It is a former wood impregnation facility located in the industrial area of the town. The wood impregnation site contaminated area is around 15 ha. The total area considered for revitalisation/redevelopment is 80 ha including former tannery, storage facility and housing establishment. Almost all buildings are demolished, except for a concrete tanker and a creosote wastes burial site filled with solid material and source of polluted water leakage. Screening investigation for soil, deep ground and groundwater was performed in 2010 and 2011. Besides the chemical analyses, biological material was sampled and analysed for the biodegradation potential. The rubble and remaining construction materials were screened for contamination with the focus of further reuse of the material. Former technological processes were mapped on the site along with demolished material distribution on site.

The area shall be re-used for a set of land-use functions including commercial and recreational activities. The brownfield is located between housing estate (high-rise blocks, school, shops etc.) - a railway line and city forest with local touristic attraction named Jura Park. For the purpose of site redevelopment, reduction of risks and impacts and well defined land use linked with cost-efficient remediation are needed. Revitalisation of this area is important for development of the whole town.