Three Hot Topics for Air Quality in 2020
Our air quality team recently presented to the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) North East. Three hot topics in the air quality field were discussed, all of which are likely to come under increased scrutiny in 2020 – Clean Air Zones, Ecological Impact Assessment and Damage Cost.
Planning Permission Secured for Renewable Energy Park at Keele University
Wardell Armstrong has obtained a land mark planning permission for a renewable energy park to be located at Keele University. The consent includes provision for 2x1MW wind turbines, 7.7MWp of solar PV and up to 10MWh of battery storage. The energy park will form a key component of the University’s Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) project that will see the campus transformed into Europe’s only at scale low carbon energy technology test bed.
World Soil Day 2019 | Stop Soil Erosion, Save Our Future
World Soils Day this year is Thursday 5th December with the theme “Stop Soil Erosion, Save our Future”.
Soil erosion from natural processes from agricultural land, deforestation and construction sites is not a new concept. However, the recent wet weather across large areas of the country has highlighted the issues that are associated with soil erosion, including silt build-up in watercourses, degradation of water quality and a reduction in the productivity of agricultural land.
Chris Broadbent Wins at the ‘Mines and Money Awards for Outstanding Achievement’
After providing a key note presentation at the Mines and Technology conference that ran alongside the main Mines and Money London exhibition, Research Director Dr Chris Broadbent received a Mines and Money Outstanding Achievement Award in the inaugural ‘Unsung Hero’ category. Chris was delighted to receive this as he says – “not only do you have to be nominated in the first place but the adjudication is undertaken by a panel of eminent industry leaders so to be recognised with an award is quite an honour”.
Reinforcement of Risk-Based Mining Hazard Assessment by CIRIA
In addition to capturing the substantial combined knowledge and experience of geologists and mining engineers following the decline of the UK coal mining industry, CIRIA’s Abandoned mine workings manual, published on 29th October 2019 provides advice on investigation and mitigation strategies to enable the safe and economic development of brownfield land affected by relict mining hazards.
The document has taken some 10 years to prepare with Wardell Armstrong being privileged to be involved during its development.
GIS Day 2019 | Mineral and Mining Mapping for the EBRD
Today is Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day!
The growing shift across multiple sectors towards sustainability, innovation and new technologies has resulted in an ever-increasing need for a lasting supply of Critical Raw Materials. Recycling is unable to suffice this growing demand and minimal mining of these non-energy raw materials occurs throughout Europe.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have recognised the need to grow a sustainable and transparent supply chain of these materials across the EU and their associated Countries of Operation (COO). One of the first steps in this process has to be to gain knowledge on the availability of these materials, thus leading way to a database that simply didn’t exist.
Wardell Armstrong Proven to Demonstrate High Quality EIA Services
Our Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) team recently passed the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment’s (IEMA) EIA Quality Mark review for the 2019/20 term, demonstrating the high quality of our EIA services.
Being a member of the IEMA EIA Quality Mark means that clients can be sure that their Environmental Statement is being prepared by ‘competent experts’, as required by the EIA Regulations.
Jo Celebrates 45 Years at Wardell Armstrong!
Jo Baillie started at Wardell Armstrong in 1974 and 45 years later, is currently our longest serving staff member. Jo joined the Firm as a Receptionist and has witnessed the Firm expand from one UK office to 10, plus two International offices.
Jo reflects on her time here: “Wardell Armstrong are a progressive company who are always looking to the future. I have seen so many positive changes over the last 45 years, with staff numbers rising from 34 to over 450!
St George’s Mansions Wins at the LABC Building Excellence Awards
St George’s Mansions in Stafford was the winning project in the Best Change of Use of an Existing Building or Conversion category at the Regional Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards. The project will now represent the region at the Grand Finals of the Awards next month.
The project has also been nominated for a 2019 Housebuilder Award in the Best Refurbishment Project category.
Forge Lane Take to the Stage Once Again at Construction Rocks!
For the third year running, Wardell Armstrong’s house band ‘Forge Lane’ competed against industry bands in the property and construction sector, and in front of 500 people at ‘Construction Rocks’.
Forge Lane, from our Stoke Office, is made up of Keith Mitchell, Managing Director on rhythm guitar, Adam Burnham, Technical Director and Head of Civil & Structural Engineering in Stoke, on lead guitar, Sue Roberts PA to the Managing Director on vocals, Glen Shah, Associate Director on bass guitar and Bryn Griffiths, Senior Environmental Scientist on drums.