Scotland’s Largest Primary School is Now Open!

The new Wallyford Primary School has been handed over to East Lothian Council by its development partner Hub South East and contractor, Morrison Construction. Pupils and Staff moved into their new state-of-the-art school in February 2019 after a 15-month construction period.

Hub-SE/Morrison Construction commissioned Wardell Armstrong to carry out civil, structural and landscaping consultancy services for the largest primary school in Scotland located at Wallyford, East Lothian.

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The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch is the world’s largest garden wildlife survey. This year, the survey took place over a long weekend from Saturday 26th to Monday 28th January.

Teams from our Bolton, Manchester, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Carlisle, London, Stoke and Head Office took part in the survey yesterday by taking their lunchbreak in the fresh air at a local park or green space and recording the birds that they saw. Our ecology teams provided binoculars and shared their more in-depth knowledge of birds with the rest of our service areas.

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Planning Permission Secured by Wardell Armstrong for the Proposed Kenoteq Demonstration Building

Wardell Armstrong are delighted to be involved in securing planning permission and assisting in the building warrant for the proposed Kenoteq demonstration building at the Hamilton Waste & Recycling site in East Lothian, which was granted planning permission in January 2019.

The demonstration structure will be constructed from Kenoteq’s innovative brick product which is created from 90% recycled material. Furthermore, the brick requires 10% of the energy input required to produce traditional fired brick. The brick therefore represents a dramatic improvement in terms of material and energy usage, and hence carbon footprint. The brick has the potential to revolutionise the sustainability of the construction industry.

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We’ve Helped Secure Planning Consent for the Redevelopment of the UK’s Longest Running Science Centre

Wardell Armstrong’s role as planning consultant for the redevelopment of Techniquest was principally to coordinate and manage the planning application through to determination. We detailed pre-application engagement with Cardiff Council officers and other consultees helped to ensure overwhelming endorsement to the design and proposals overall, thereby eliminating objections and reducing project risks to allow a determination under delegated powers for this high-profile scheme.

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Wardell Armstrong is Recognised as an Employer of Young People

We are proud to have been presented a plaque by The Edinburgh Guarantee as an employer of young people in the city. We recently appointed James Ball as a Landscape Technician via this scheme.

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We’re set to Feature on a BBC Television Programme Tonight!

Wardell Armstrong is set to feature on the BBC4 television programme, ‘Digging for Britain’ at 9pm on tonight (Wednesday 12th December 2018).

We undertook the co-ordination of all archaeological works along the East Anglia One cable trench corridor between February 2017 and July 2018. Amongst many exciting finds made was a site dating to the Neolithic which contained a preserved wooden trackway within a curving enclosure ditch. It is thought the site was for ceremonial purposes connected to the veneration of water. Amongst the artefacts discovered was an auroch (very large extinct wild cattle) skull probably used as part of a totem. The works were the largest archaeological project undertaken in the United Kingdom during 2017.

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Our Acoustics Team Take Their Entertainment Noise Seminar to Newcastle

Following on from a successful event in Manchester, our Acoustics Team hosted another Entertainment Noise seminar in Newcastle at the end of November.

Technical Director Simon Urquhart hosted the event, with fellow acousticians, planners, environmental health officers and developers in attendance at the stylish venue of Bealim House. After enjoying a drink and delicious buffet over informal networking, Simon introduced the speakers; Regional Director Jon Fox, Principal Acoustic Consultant Richard Calvert and Senior Acoustic Consultant Edward Goldsmith. However, just as the seminar began, the sound from the evening revellers downstairs broke through and it was apparent that acoustic mitigation may be required, topical and a point that was not missed by the audience. Speakers were asked to raise their noise levels to ensure sufficient speech intelligibility.

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Bobbie Nicol Wins at the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning

Graduate Landscape Architect Bobbie Nicol, from our Glasgow office, won the Designing Places Student Competition at the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning last week. Below she shares a little more about the competition and awards evening.

Designing places was a student competition ran by Suzie Stirling, head of placemaking for the Scottish Government. I took part in this competition during Year 5 of my MSc in Landscape Architecture at the University of Edinburgh together with 3 other students; Kathryn Cockburn- City Planning and Registration at the University of Glasgow, Julie Papouskova- Urban Planning and Property Development at Heriot Watt University, and Elva Chan- Architecture at the University of Edinburgh.

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Martin Downing Presents at the National Radon Forum

Earlier this week, Associate Director Martin Downing from our Edinburgh office, gave a presentation on the management of radon gas during underground construction works at the National Radon Forum. The Forum was organised by Public Health England and brought together nearly 100 experts in radon from across the UK. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas and can be a significant health hazard in mines and tunnels due to its association with lung cancer.

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We’re Amongst a Handful of UK Organisations to Achieve a New Health & Safety Standard

ISO 45001:2018 Accreditation

An ISO 45001 occupational health and safety management systems transition audit, by Exova BM Trada, recently took place at our Head Office in Stoke-on-Trent. The auditor’s findings resulted in approval for our accredited health and management systems to transition successfully from our current Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series standard – OHSAS 18001:2007, to the International Organization for Standardization occupational health and safety management systems standard – ISO 45001:2018.

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