Here is a small selection of some of the projects that this part of our business has undertaken around the world.
Green building codes for Colombia
Colombia’s Green Building Codes represent the first comprehensive mandatory regulation of its kind in Latin America. Our green building specialists worked with the IFC to provide expert advice during the development of the codes.
Sustainability strategy for new arena in Stockholm
In 2012 a new multipurpose venue for sports, culture and entertainment will open in Stockholm, near the Globe area. Complete with sliding roof, the Stockholm Arena will provide a world class facility for international soccer, concerts, motor sports, company events and trade fairs. WSP is delighted to have been involved in the sustainable design of this iconic development. Read more.
Permits and impact assessments for fuel plant
Nordisk Etanolproduction AB is looking to invest over £1m in a major plant for production of ethanol, biogas and biofuels, together with fertilisers etc. For this, WSP has prepared the environmental permit application, the environmental impact assessments and risk assessment. We have also prepared the permit application for the new harbour which is close to the proposed site.
EIAs for Sweden’s state utility
Our team is conducting EIAs for Svenska Kraftnät, the state utility who own and maintain the national grid. In total we are working on EIAs that measure approximately three-quarters the length of Sweden. Specifically, we are assisting Svenska Kraftnät with the renewal of a permit for a 400kV aerial power line that is 972km in length.
Ecological studies for a sustainable new town in England
Northstowe is a new town with 10,000 dwellings. We are providing an integrated service which incorporates various disciplines but the ecology team is providing ecological surveys and assessments. This involves assessing the ecological content of the site both flora and fauna and recording baseline data. This enabled the team to work with master planners to incorporate the wildlife interest of the site within the overall scheme. Read more about Northstowe
Environmental impact assessment for tourist attraction in Warsaw
We completed an EIA for the Wilanów Palace which is located on the outskirts of Warsaw and is considered to be a pearl of Polish architectural heritage. An increase in visitor numbers has led to proposals for renovations on the palace complex where our environmental assessments had to be underpinned by a deep understanding of heritage issues.
Environmental management for zinc mining in Namibia
The Sperrgebiet in Namibia is one of the world’s best preserved natural Environments and for over 80 years has been closed to public access. However, under its surface is the valuable resource of zinc and we have been working with the Skorpion Zinc project for 10 years to assess and mitigate the impacts of zinc mining in this environmentally sensitive area.
Environmental management plans and marine ecology in the Seychelles
We produced an environmental management plan and undertook terrestrial and marine ecology studies for a luxury resort development on the Seychelles. It includes 60 hectares of reclaimed land and another 60 hectares reclaimed from the sea. In addition to specialist studies, we calculated the carbon footprint for the development and designed rehabilitation and monitoring programmes for the marine ecology.
Sustainable masterplan for new Hawaiian community
In collaboration with William McDonough and Partners, WSP is preparing the Housing Development Standards for a new community on the island of Maui. We have provided design support for a cradle-to-cradle sustainable site masterplan which includes options for natural ventilation, solar control, free mechanical cooling through solar radiation, and other renewable technologies for site-wide carbon neutral power.
Energy and water audits for Citibank in Bahrain
We conducted a detailed energy and water audit on Citibank’s building in Al-Seef District, Kingdom of Bahrain. From the building’s systems and equipment alone we identified significant savings. This included a scope for energy reductions equivalent to 12% of their annual electricity consumption and a scope for renewable energy options which could be incorporated into future retrofit.