Ground Investigation Surveys: Ruislip Golf Course

This just in from HS2:

Ground Investigation Surveys

What are we doing?
As part of developing the route design of the HS2 high speed railway, we are carrying out ground investigation (GI) surveys on Ruislip Golf Course starting from week beginning 2 October 2017 until 17 November 2017.

The work will take place week days only between 8am and 6pm. lt will involve using drilling equipment to take samples or measurements of soil and water conditions. This type of survey helps us to understand more about the ground where we want to build the railway. lt’s vital that we know about the soil before construction begins so we can build effectively.

If you’d like to know more, please visit and download our non-
technical ground investigation guide.

How will this affect me?
There are different types of GI taking place.

  • There will be ten rotary core boreholes being drilled at a depth of between 35m and 40m using large vertical drilling equipment with each borehole taking between 7 to 10 working days.
  • There will be five cable percussion boreholes drilled to a depth of between 10m and 20m taking around 10 working days in total.
  • There will be five cone penetration tests taking place that is non- intrusive taking 3 days in total.
  • There will be some trial pits and pavement core samples taken in the car park and access road.

Our contractor will work as quickly as they can, avoid unnecessary noise and keep the area tidy. Once the work is complete our contractor will restore the area to its previous condition. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Site preparation
ln advance of drilling we will be undertaking site preparation involving track laying the week beginning 25 September.

Duraton of works

Weekday working hours
Working hours between 8am and 6pm Our contractors may also be on site for one hour‘s start-up and shutdown.

What to expect

  • Background noise from drilling boreholes and digging trial pits and the use of water pumps
  • Hoarding around the site
  • Contractor vehicle movements to and from site.

What we will do

  • lnform you in advance of any changes to the dates shown
  • Keep all sites safe and secure
  • Ensure that all sites are reinstated to the required standard

For more information contact our helpline (available 24/7) on 08081 434434 or email Visit our website at

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited
Two Snowhill, Snow Hill Queensway, Birmingham B4 6GA

‘Playing Out’ – Council to consult on closing roads for play

The London Borough of Hillingdon have announced their intention to consult on becoming the 46th English Council to support regular temporary closures of residential streets for play.

Ickenham Councillor David Simmonds announced the move at the Full Council meeting on Thursday 7 September.

Councillor Simmonds spoke of the varied benefits of the initiave. He drew parallels with the street parties that were so popular across Ickenham in 2016.

A date for the consultation has not yet been set. More information about ‘playing out’ is available online here:

Try scything on Ickenham Marsh (16 Sept)

Come along and enjoy the art of cutting grass by hand, or just enjoy watching scythe mowing in action.

10.30am-1.00pm, Saturday 16 Sept

After successful public scything sessions on Pinn Meadows in Ruislip, the London Borough of Hillingdon Green Spaces team have agreed to bring their scythes down to the Ickenham Marsh for us to have a go. London Wildlife Trust representatives will be around too.

You can access the Marsh via the Austin’s Lane track – follow the track from the gate at the junction of Austin’s Lane and Glebe Avenue. Signs will be displayed on the day.

This event has been arranged by the Ickenham Marshes Partnership, which was established in 2012 by the Ickenham and Ruislip Gardens Residents’ Associations to bring local people, landowners and land managers together informally to make to most of the Marshes.

Ickenham Archaeological Priority Area

1754 Ickenham map

As part of the evidence base for Hillingdon’s new Local Plan, consultants were employed by Hillingdon Council to carry out desk-based surveys of Archaeological Priority Areas across the Borough.

Ickenham’s 9 page study features maps of the village centre dating from between 1754 (by John Rocque, pictured above) and 2013. The study can be viewed here:

Ickenham Archaeological Desk Based Assessment

Studies for other areas in the Borough can be viewed online here:

The Borough’s emerging ‘Development Management Policies’ which set out the practical implications for development proposals within such areas can be viewed online here:

These policies are different to those that apply in Conservation Areas. Ickenham’s Conservation Area map can be viewed online here: