Paradise Farm Brickearth Extraction – Planning Success
Wardell Armstrong was commissioned by Wienerberger Ltd to prepare and manage the Planning Application and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the extraction of up to 900,000 tonnes of brickearth over a period of 19 years on land at Paradise Farm in Kent. The application was originally submitted in 2014, however it was subsequently withdrawn due to a number of technical issues. In 2016, our environmental planning team were instructed to prepare a new application, resolving issues within the 2014 application and undertaking more detailed technical assessments to ensure a robust and sound application for submission.
We’ve Assisted ‘Variscan Mines’ in the Acquisition of Two Advanced Zinc Projects in Spain
Wardell Armstrong International (WAI) were engaged by Variscan Mines Limited (Variscan) to undertake a high-level Due Diligence of the Novales-Udias and Guajaraz Projects, Spain. Variscan is an ASX listed Australian resource company focused on exploring and developing mineral deposits and the work completed by WAI has assisted Variscan in the successful acquisition of the Novales-Udias and Guajaraz Projects on the 29th July 2019. Varsican believes this acquisition to be a highly strategic and valuable growth opportunity for the company.
Our Archaeologist Successfully Publishes an Academic Article on Plague Burial Ground in Leith
In 2016, Wardell Armstrong undertook an archaeological excavation at St Mary’s (Leith) RC Primary School, Edinburgh for our client Morrison Construction. The excavation took place in advance of the construction of a new classroom in the school grounds. The archaeological excavation uncovered coffined and uncoffined human burials as well as plague pits. The post-excavation assessment, which stated that the site was of very high archaeological significance, recommended the need for full post-excavation analysis on the human remains and the material assemblage. Full post-excavation works, including radiocarbon dating, strontium isotope work, osteoarchaeological analysis, dendrochronological dating, coffin technology analysis and conservation of the artefacts, was undertaken in 2017 and 2018. The results of the full analysis have now been published with SAIR (Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports), a Gold Open Access, fully peer-reviewed online journal.
Wardell Armstrong and McAuliffe Golf Day Raises £11,000 for the NSPCC
Wardell Armstrong again co-sponsored, together with McAuliffe, the NSPCC Golf Day on behalf of the Birmingham Business Board. Held for the third year at Edgbaston Golf Club, only a mile from Birmingham City Centre, 17 teams of 4 enjoyed a great day in glorious sunshine with the golf course looking a picture.
We’ve Been Shortlisted for a Scottish Design Award!
Wardell Armstrong’s landscape design team have been shortlisted for a Scottish Design Award in the Masterplanning/Landscaping: Public Realm category for their work on the Social Bite Village.
The project – developed on a site made available for a period of four years by City of Edinburgh Council – is unique in both intent and delivery. The village houses people who have experienced homelessness, giving them back confidence, skills and a platform to rebuild their lives. The village itself will be transported to a new location at the end of its lease.
International Women in Engineering Day 2019
International Women in Engineering Day helps to raise the profile of women in the industry and focuses attention on the great career opportunities available. At Wardell Armstrong, we are engaged with schools and STEM groups to provide a positive insight into the benefits to young women and men in 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 as an engineer:
Clean Air Day 2019: Can Vegetation Protect us from Air Pollution?
On Clean Air Day, our air quality team asks: can vegetation protect us from air pollution?
The use of green infrastructure (e.g. hedgerows and tree-lines) to combat air pollution is a topical point of discussion amongst air quality professionals. With elevated levels of air pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide and fine particulate matter (<10µm in diameter) being increasingly linked to detrimental effects on human health, the need to tackle poor air quality, particularly in urban areas, is a rising priority.
Faraday Battery Challenge – Securing a Lithium Supply Chain for the UK (Li4UK)
Wardell Armstrong is delighted to announce our participation in an incredibly exciting new project funded by the UK Government; Faraday Battery Challenge.
Over the next 12 months, we will be working alongside UK-based Mining company Cornish Lithium and the Natural History Museum in order to assess the viability of securing a Lithium supply chain within the UK, helping to meet the huge demand for the battery metal expected from the global transition to electric vehicles.
We’ve Been Shortlisted for a Ground Engineering Award!
We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for a 2019 Ground Engineering Award in the category for projects of geotechnical value up to £1M!
Our New Leeds Office is Now Open!
To accommodate the demand for our services and new opportunities in the North of England, our Sheffield office, previously based in Chapeltown, has relocated to a city centre address in Leeds.
Wardell Armstrong has had an office presence in Sheffield for over 25 years, however our new office, located in Leeds city centre, provides a newly refurbished open plan contemporary working environment with all staff sharing the third floor and a range of improved facilities.