About us

Brownfield First Ltd is dedicated to the identification, investigation, development and regeneration of brownfield land. It was established in response to the increasing conflict between the need to develop and the need to preserve greenfield land.

In general, ‘brownfield’ refers to land that has had a previous commercial or industrial use. Old structures are likely to be present and land quality will require consideration.  Vacant and derelict land is typically considered to be brownfield.


Brownfield First was established by Harry Preston

Harry has worked in land quality assessment since 1989 and was part of the team that carried out the Homebush Bay Soil and Groundwater Investigation in Sydney, Australia. This area of derelict industrial waste ground and landfills would later become the Sydney 2000 Olympic site and athlete’s village.

Since then – as a technical specialist, technical manager and frontline manager – Harry has worked across many of the environment disciplines in the UK and Australia as a regulator, consultant and public health practitioner.

As a statutory consultee for Stirling Council and the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park planning departments, Harry has assessed thousands of development proposals for possible public health concerns relating to land quality, air quality, noise, odour and nuisance issues.  This includes development proposals at all stages of the planning process from informal enquiry, pre-application, full application and planning appeal.

Proposals ranged from:

  • private dwellings to large housing developments;
  • open-space and recreational;
  • commercial and industrial;
  • transport (rail and road);
  • energy generation (micro-hydro, biomass, wind and solar);
  • mining;
  • waste disposal and processing.

Technical specialisms include land quality, surface water and groundwater quality, air quality, noise and vibration, odour and Statutory Nuisance. Specific contamination issues include;  former gas works, landfill, printworks, spill sites, unexploded ordinance and military materiéls, mining sites,  foundries, plating works, refineries and agricultural sites.

Many years’ experience in local authority, and working closely with other government departments, have given Harry insights into the information that is collected as a result of regulatory activities and where that information is held.

Harry has also participated in several regional and national public health groups and committees and was an Executive Committee member of the Scottish Contaminated Land Forum.

Please contact Harry if you would like to know more about his professional experience or visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/harry-preston/