WATCH: Modular Pilot Plant Used for Testing European Tin Project

As part of an ongoing programme of testing on a European tin project, Wardell Armstrong have recently been undertaking a programme of pilot plant testing for flowsheet development at our laboratory in Truro, Cornwall.

The modular design of the Wardell Armstrong Pilot plant has allowed multiple stages of processing including grinding, froth flotation and gravity separation to be integrated into a single stage of testing thus saving time and providing a better indication of potential plant performance. See more below. 

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Uncovering Roman Carlisle – A Community Archaeological Investigation

Uncovering Roman Carlisle is an 18-month programme of community archaeological investigation and engagement exploring Carlisle’s Roman remains. We began the excavation on 31st August 2021 and it will run until early October. The excavation will be undertaken by local volunteers, with supervision from our professional archaeologists.

The National Lottery Heritage funded project will enrich Carlisle’s environment for residents and visitors as lockdown eases, create visitor attractions, improve participants wellbeing and skills. The urban location and post-excavation digitisation provide opportunity for those unable to access famous, and remote, parts of Hadrian’s Wall to engage with Carlisle’s Heritage, connecting 21st century to Roman past. Over 450 local people, including school groups, families and adults/young people with additional needs, will be invited to take part in on-site heritage workshops and hands-on activities.

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Coin Pre-dating the Roman Conquest of Britain Found in Archaeology Excavation

Our archaeologists are currently undertaking investigative field work in advance of civil infrastructure development in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. As an increasing part of the planning process, the presence of archaeologists excavating in trenches or open areas on construction sites is becoming more common and can generate interest from the media. Even at the earliest stages of this excavation, the magnitude of emerging artefacts has highlighted the challenge of dealing with complex archaeological remains and allowed us to advise and mitigate phased investigations to ensure delivery for our client.

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GIGAFACTORY

Environmental Impact Support for West Midlands Gigafactory Planning Application

We recently assisted with the preparation and assessment of environmental considerations for a high-profile planning application for a Gigafactory based in the West Midlands.

A Gigafactory is a facility to manufacture batteries for the automotive sector, at scale. Such a facility is critical to the future of the electric automotive sector both in the West Midlands and the UK, given the rapid shift towards electric vehicles.

Wardell Armstrong co-ordinated the Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposals, as well as undertaking the assessments of Noise and Vibration, Air Quality, Climate Change, Risks of Accidents and Disasters, and Human Health.

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Embassy Village

Planning Permission Approved for Homeless Accommodation in Manchester

We recently provided free support to Manchester-based charity, Embassy, who were looking to develop accommodation for those who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. Embassy’s work started with the repurposing of a luxury tour bus to provide emergency shelter and support to vulnerable adults. However, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, they have had to look at other options for moving forward.

The aim is to provide individual accommodation and develop the site known as Embassy Village, which is located beneath a series of railway arches in Manchester city centre. The proposals are for the construction of 40 high quality modular homes, along with a village hall, a reception pod and outdoor space for recreation, socialising and growing vegetables. The buildings themselves will be created from shipping containers and will be suitably adapted for their specific uses.

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Wardell Armstrong Bristol

Our Bristol Office is Now Open!

To accommodate the demand for our services and new opportunities in the South West of England, we are opening a Bristol office! Our new office comes as part of an expansion plan that has resulted in a number of new Wardell Armstrong offices over the last 12 months, including the acquisition of Archaeological Solutions.

Our city centre office provides a contemporary working environment and is located at: 

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International Women in Engineering Day 2021

International Women in Engineering Day helps to raise the profile of women in the industry and focuses attention on the great career opportunities available. The theme for 2021 is Engineering Heros!

At Wardell Armstrong, we are engaged with schools and STEM groups to provide a positive insight into the benefits to young women and men studying sciences and engineering. We are also actively engaged with a number of graduate programmes with the same objectives in mind.

Some of our female engineers share their insights and experiences from within the industry and why they enjoy their career in engineering:

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Severn Trent Water

Planning Permission Secured for Two Major Renewable Energy Infrastructure Projects for Severn Trent Water

Our planning team have recently secured permission for two major renewable energy infrastructure projects within the Green Belt on behalf of Severn Trent Water Ltd.

Wardell Armstrong was commissioned by Severn Trent Water to prepare and manage Planning Applications for a Thermal Hydrolysis Plant (THP) and gas to grid facilities at both Stoke Bardolph and Finham Sewage Treatment Works.

Our planning experts project managed the preparation and submission of the planning applications supported by technical assessments carried out by our multidisciplinary team, including an Ecological Appraisal, Biodiversity Impact Assessment and mitigation proposals, as well as Air Quality and Noise Assessments.

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Continued Planning Success for Anaerobic Digestion Plant in Cambridgeshire

We have been assisting our client Local Generation Ltd for a number of years to establish and update an Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Plant at their site in Westry, Cambridgeshire. As the technology for AD rapidly evolves, Local Generation are continually assessing their site operations and how the process can be made more efficient and environmentally and commercially beneficial.

AD is the process by which organic waste is biologically treated in the absence of oxygen using naturally occurring micro-organisms to produce biogas which contains principally methane but also a significant proportion of carbon dioxide.

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Happy World Water Day!

For this year’s theme the United Nations (UN) is considering Valuing Water.  To mark this day, we have asked our Water Team what does water mean to you?

This has prompted some interesting discussions: from exploring how our sense of identity is intrinsically linked to local weather and waterbodies; thoughts on the value of water in light of geopolitics and inequality caused by climate change; and how we have adapted our own lifestyles to consider water consumption and made ethical choices in the food we eat. 

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