Lawrence Bowden is a Principal Geoscientist based in Manchester with more than 18 years of experience focused primarily on complex site characterisation and risk assessment, brownfield regeneration, and mining legacy management issues. A Regional Director for Geosyntec, he serves the North of England, Scotland, and Wales. Lawrence is a Chartered Geologist, Chartered Scientist, European Geologist, Qualified Person under the CL:AIRE scheme, Specialist in Land Condition, and Suitably Qualified and Experienced Person under the national quality mark scheme.
Informed by his background in environmental geochemistry, Lawrence helps clients address human health hazards associated with contaminated land, manage controlled waters risks, assess gas risks, characterise and manage wastes, and address issues involving legacy mining. In addition to his work at brownfield redevelopment sites and legacy mine sites, he often directs projects at landfills, sites involving upstream and downstream petroleum, and former chemical and industrial sites. His clients, both public and private, often include developers, as well as owners of mission critical operations, commercial properties, nuclear facilities, and residential developments.
As lead designer for non-coal passive mine water treatment schemes for the Coal Authority, Lawrence was responsible for the first full-scale scheme at Haggs, North Pennines, and as lead geochemist for The Coal Authority, he worked to mitigate hydrogen sulphide odour at the Force Crag mine site. In addition, he has directed numerous mine site characterisation projects that required him to assess point and diffuse sources to surface waters and determine appropriate remediation methods.