Futureproofing our built environment
Our focus on environmental planning supports the decision making required to carry out land development and sustainable outcomes.
Our goal is to ensure that land is used in the most efficient way possible, incorporating green building technologies and renewable energy, primarily water, into designs. Due to heightened environmental awareness, projects often require environmental planning and a review of their potential impact on the environment. Our planning team works in parallel with our geo-environmental engineers, to seek ways to mitigate these impacts through strategic planning.
Every day, we are enabling positive change through dynamic environmental and sustainability policy adherence, planning designs and proposals, and the undertaking of specialist studies which form the core of environmental impact assessments and programme management.
Our environmental planning services
Environmental impact assessment
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is an integral part of planning and development. It is a process by which the anticipated effects on the environment of a proposed development are measured to inform the decision making process. The EIA process can often be seen as complex and confusing, particularly for key stakeholders. However, if managed well it offers an opportunity to de-risk development and enhance reputation.
Land repurposing strategies
The ability to retrofit portfolios of assets is becoming increasingly important to the developers’ toolkit. Our team of planners can advise on strategies which fully consider the needs of retrofitting, enhancing an existing function of the building, and repurposing, where they challenge the existing function to see if it is still relevant, and then provide remodelling designs and solutions to suit the new purpose for the site.
Ecological and biodiversity assessments
We recognise the need to incorporate an understanding of ecological systems in our services, and our team balances ecology and development needs to support project delivery. Throughout the planning and development process, we will provide support from concept design to post-project monitoring and evaluation. We advise on legislative requirements, and deliver projects that integrate the needs of the built and natural environment.
SuDs management strategies
Water resource management encompasses a wide range of disciplines, including integrated water resources management, assessment of the demand for water for drinking and irrigation purposes, groundwater mapping and surface water monitoring, simulation and modelling of the hydrologic cycle, legislation, river basin management, institutional and capacity building and water resources protection.
Our planners, working alongside our SuDS engineers, deliver an integrated approach ensuring that the management, development and utilisation of water resources, satisfies the four pillars of SuDS, as outlined in the SuDS manual, enhancing the amenity and biodiversity in the area, whilst providing water security.
Flood risk assessment
Our team will deliver the Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) alongside the planning application, outlining the threat of flooding within the site’s surrounding area and providing measures by which the risk can be mitigated or avoided.
Our team will also identify the potential source(s) of flooding, review flooding history, obtain critical water levels, undertake 1D/2D modelling, and determine the influences on river hydraulics. The assessment considers flooding from tidal, fluvial, groundwater, sewer, highway and on-site drainage sources. If needed, our assessments can cover a number of other factors such as loss of floodplain storage, washland modelling, flood plans, access and egress, sequential testing, exception testing and surface water drainage issues. Through a series of alleviation measures and engineering options, we will determine the most cost effective and practical solutions.
Drainage impact assessment
A Drainage Impact Assessment (DIA), which often complements the Flood Risk Assessment, will provide a preliminary review of the potential options for drainage design that may be developed in avoidance or mitigation of flood risks. It also considers the physical changes that the proposed drainage measures may cause to the development and the off-site area drainage efficiency beyond the proposed development. Our consultants will supplement the DIA with microdrainage or infodrainage calculations, to prove the existing run-off rates from site and to determine the betterment of the proposed drainage system. We will then provide an outline design for an appropriate sustainable drainage system to support the planning application.
Our geotechnical consultancy provides comprehensive geotechnical interpretative and factual reports tailored to ensure a safe and economic design, assisting with: foundation design, settlement, ground stability issues due to mining and cavities, slope stability analysis, retaining structures, earthworks, embankments, road designs, soakaways and many more geotechnical engineering aspects.
Our consultants will design a bespoke site investigation using the appropriate intrusive techniques to obtain information regarding the geology and hydrology of each site.
Contaminated land assessment
In order to identify land contamination, whether it be to support a planning or buildings regulations application or for assurance when buying land (especially brownfield land), a contaminated land investigation needs to be carried out.
We will carry out land contamination assessments to support the planning process and ensure regulatory compliance to mitigate the risks of penalties and unexpected costs.
Land remediation strategies
Potentially hazardous gases may exist in the ground naturally, or be present as a consequence of ground contamination resulting from former use of the site, such as landfills. We will identify potentially hazardous gases, which may include methane, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulphide and often a variety of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and work with stakeholders in the design of a land remediation strategy.
The Springs Golf Club
Bruntwood Blue-Green Roof Bruntwood Works' aim is to make their stylish office buildings as sustainable as possible, both inside and out. Therefore, the blue-green roof was retrofitted onto an existing roof and utilised Polypipe’s Polysync and Permavoid systems.
Northern Roots EPG, part of STRI Group, were commissioned to undertake a feasibility assessment that would detail the possibility of reopening a park on the site of a 16-acre disused site in Oldham. The area was split between landfill and heavy machinery storage and had been left to overgrow for 100 years.
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delivering end-to-end bespoke solutions
As a multi-disciplinary, interconnected team, we bring together experts who develop solutions to create places which improve people’s lives as humanity adapts to the unprecedented challenges posed by climate change and population growth. We offer our clients tailor made strategies to support their goals and objectives, whether that be complete end to end project delivery or specific, targeted solutions. Our promise is to deliver future proof strategies and designs, that will stand the test of time, harmonising the ever increasing demands being placed on the built and natural environment.
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