When planning, designing or constructing a development it is commonly acknowledged that environmental, energy and sustainability considerations are key.
Most countries have strict planning procedures and legislative obligations, but many developers will look beyond such requirements to create real competitive edge through environmental innovation.
We have specialist environmental planning experts who look at all aspects of your plans and developments. This ranges from: Environmental Impact Assessments; ecological and biodiversity action plans and restoration programmes; Strategic Environmental Impact Assessments and Sustainability Appraisals; environmental management plans or mine closure plans, monitoring air quality and noise and vibrations. The list could continue and you can find out more throughout this section of our website.
You can choose to use a particular area of our expertise on an individual basis, or as part of an integrated package. Our in-house expertise, together with expertise from across WSP Group on issues such as flooding and traffic and transportation management, means we have all the right expertise in one place.
We like to challenge, innovate, find new and better ways of doing things and implement the latest thinking, so you can be assured of getting the very best advice. And we are experienced in applying our expertise to all kinds of projects; let’s take a few examples…
In the UK we managed a spectrum of environmental considerations for the 605 hectare, 9,500 home Northstowe development. It is being talked about as the first and best example of a sustainable or eco town in the UK.
In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia we conducted technical studies for the Marafiq Independent Water and Power Plant, the largest such facility in the world. Our studies fed the planning proposal and demonstrated compliance with the Equator Principles.
And in southern Africa we provided project management, environmental assessments, management plans and closure plans for the US $170m expansion of Rio Tinto’s Murowa Diamond mine.
Enterprise Zones, Core Strategies & SEA
The ‘Plan for Growth’ (published in March 2011) announced 21 Enterprise Zones (EZs) and confirmed the location of the first 10. But what about sustainability within these new EZs? And with the recent challenge to the Forest Heath Core Strategy Assessment, largely on the grounds of the SEA Directive, what are the implications we should consider? We also look at how East of England Regional Spatial Strategy fell foul of the High Court and what this means for the future of SEA.