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.
Wardell Armstrong Opens a New Office in Bristol!
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.
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.
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.
Wardell Armstrong Reappointed by Crown Estate Scotland as Managing Agent for the Mineral and Mines Royal Portfolio
Crown Estate Scotland has recently completed a full public procurement exercise to appoint managing agents across its diverse property portfolio. The process was rigorously evaluated on price and quality, and the outcome of the evaluation and recommendations were approved by its Board at the end of November. Wardell Armstrong is delighted to have been reappointed to manage the mineral assets within Crown Estate Scotland’s rural estates at Fochabers, Glenlivet, Whitehill and Applegirth as well as mines royal (gold and silver) interests across Scotland.
Thank You Key Workers!
Last week, we sent all our employees a box of freshly made brownies from a local business as a small token of appreciation for their hard work and support in these challenging times.
We were also delighted to be able to donate over 100 brownies to the NHS Key Workers at the West Midlands Ambulance Service Hub and Emergency Call Centre in Stoke-on-Trent, as a small thank you for the amazing and critical work that they do for the wider community.
Planning Success for Coventry’s Materials Recycling Facility!
Coventry City Council has been looking into the technical and economic viability of developing a ~175,000 tonnes per annum Materials Recycling Facility (MRF), to process the Council (and seven partner councils) domestic and commercial collected recyclate. The facility would also provide an opportunity for the region to optimise recycling rates, enhance recyclate quality, deliver higher returns and greater landfill diversion.
Wardell Armstrong has been involved in the project from its commencement in 2017 at the feasibility stage through to our current role as Project Manager and Technical and Planning Advisor during the procurement, design, planning and delivery phase. Alongside procuring the process and civils contractors for developing the MRF, our team has also been working with the Council and stakeholders on the planning application. Due to the scale and nature of the development, a full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was required, and the site (severely overgrown and disused allotments) has not been short of its challenges.
Former Landfill Site with New Grazing Land & Public Woodland Wins a Prestigious Award
*08/03/2021 UPDATE – WE WON*
Sugden End Landfill Remediation Works has been shortlisted for recognition at ‘The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2021’, in the Smeaton Award category (projects under £5million).
The Sugden End Landfill, between Haworth and Keighley, has been transformed and is now home to an oak upland woodland, moorland area, wildflower meadows, rock pile areas and additional agricultural grazing land.
Wardell Armstrong were commissioned to act as the engineer and designer for the cap, undertaking a materials suitability assessment, preparing the Construction Quality Assurance (CQA) report and all necessary information for submission to the Environment Agency prior to works commencement.
Li4UK Announces the First Domestic Production of Lithium Carbonate from UK Sources
Li4UK (Securing a Domestic Lithium Supply Chain for the UK), the Faraday Battery Challenge-funded project under the patronage of UKRI (UK Research and Innovation), is pleased to announce that the project Consortium, comprising Wardell Armstrong International Limited (WAI), The Natural History Museum (NHM) and Cornish Lithium Ltd (CLL), has successfully produced lithium carbonate from two UK sources – one from Cornish Lithium’s Trelavour project site in Cornwall and another from Scotland. High purity lithium carbonate is a raw material for lithium-ion battery cells, such as those used in electric vehicles.
A ‘Rare and Important’ Discovery Leads to Historic Building Upgrade
Last year, Archaeologists from our Bury St Edmunds office (formerly Archaeological Solutions) conducted a programme of historical building recording at 1-5 Park Street in Old Hatfield, Hertfordshire.
The survey revealed a timber-framed 17th century core with multiple phases of subsequent augmentation and alteration. The most intrinsically interesting elements identified during the survey were two previously unrecorded domestic wall-paintings which were discovered on the upper floor. A small sample area of one of the paintings was exposed to reveal so-called grotesque ornamentation of the later 16th or early 17th century, depicting a classical caryatid with draperies, a winged lion and abstract scrollwork. The wall painting is a rare and important discovery, made more exceptional by its excellent state of preservation.