Buncefield Oil Depot

The series of explosions in 2005 destroyed the majority of the Buncefield petrochem facility in Hemel Hempstead and caused significant damage to surrounding properties. Clarkebond was commissioned in the immediate aftermath of the incident by Keystone Foods, Prudential Property Investment and Legal & General to provide specialist blast damage and major incident management services including structural engineering, building surveying and contamination analysis.

Based on site, the team prepared detailed analysis and recommendations for repair strategies looking at buildings at 250m to 2km from the incident. Reports detailed the extent of the damage, which although it incurred no fatalities affected businesses employing over 16,500 people.

Clarkebond is a regular commentator on the incident presenting and seminars on the project which still remains under dispute concerning responsibility. An information paper on the Buncefield incident, prepared by Bill Keane, head of resilience & recovery at Clarkebond, can be downloaded here.

Services: resilience & recovery, structural engineering, geoenvironmental engineering, blast modelling & analysis, building surveying, advanced computer modelling.