185 Years of Wardell Armstrong | from mining and minerals to energy, engineering and environment

Independent environmental, engineering and mining consultancy Wardell Armstrong celebrates its 185th anniversary this year!

With 14 UK and international offices and over 500 people Wardell Armstrong has come a long way since its early beginnings in the 1830s. Over recent years the business has diversified significantly, growing and developing its roots in mining and minerals and now also providing extensive engineering, environmental and social services.

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Our Mineral Estates Team Expands to the South of England

To accommodate the demand for our services and new opportunities in the South of England, we are now providing mineral estates services from our office in Truro, Cornwall.

Wardell Armstrong are recognised experts in minerals and waste. Our mineral estates management team brings together specialist chartered mineral surveyors and valuers, planners, geologists, and mining engineers to deliver property solutions for clients throughout the UK.

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New Regional Directors in Stoke-on-Trent and Truro

We are pleased to announce that from the 1st April 2022, Caroline Mellor is the Regional Director of our Head Office in Stoke-on-Trent, and Alison Allen the Regional Director of our Office and Laboratories in Truro.

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Cardiff Arena & Atlantic Wharf, Butetown Masterplan Development Given the Green Light

We are pleased to see plans for the regeneration of land in Cardiff Bay given the green light at Planning Committee!

Wardell Armstrong provided Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) services, as the appointed EIA Coordinator, to accompany a hybrid planning application for the proposed development. The full element of the planning application includes a 17,000 capacity multi-use indoor arena and 182 bed hotel. The outline element comprises a mixed use masterplan including residential, hotel, employment, leisure and retail floorspace.

We also provided a number of technical assessments presented within the Environmental Statement covering Water Resources, Air Quality, Noise and Vibration, Townscape and Visual, Climate Change, and Materials and Waste.

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Planning Permission Secured for Solar Farm that will Provide Green Energy to +7,000 Homes

We are delighted to have secured planning permission on behalf of Renewable Connections for the Strathruddie Farm solar and battery storage development in Fife.  The consent is for 25MWp of solar and 20MW of battery storage and allows for either fixed or tracking solar panels. This is the first Renewable Connections solar/battery project in Scotland. 

Wardell Armstrong provided all planning and assessment work, including landscape and visual assessment, ecology, archaeology, heritage, traffic, noise, drainage and access and soils. We also provided the planning assessment and design and access statement, and assisted in the online community consultation exercise. 

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National Careers Week

In recognition of National Careers Week, we would like to celebrate the great work of our people across the country who sit at the heart of our Firm. 
In terms of early Career development, we continuously strive to develop strong links with local universities, colleges and schools by offering work experience, placements and career talks. This includes frequent contribution towards ongoing projects, providing careers knowledge and guidance to our local communities.
We are currently advertising for a wide range of positions across our business, each with an interesting Career development path.

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West Midlands Gigafactory Gets Green Light

Wardell Armstrong are pleased to announce that proposals for the UK’s largest Gigafactory have been given the green light, with Coventry City Council and Warwick District Council planning committees supporting the outline planning application.

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. The proposals are being progressed by joint venture partners, Coventry City Council and Coventry Airport Ltd.

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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We’re Going to MIPM 2022

International property conference, and networking event MIPIM is back in from the 15th – 18th March 2022 in Cannes, France.

Wardell Armstrong’s Director of Infrastructure Jon Fox, and Partnerships Director Adrian Rigby will be available to meet in Cannes and assist with an integrated array of services in the property, development, infrastructure and energy sectors throughout the four day event.

Once again, we are hosting our annual drinks reception on Tuesday 15th March at Morrison’s Lounge. Please contact Adrian for a formal invitation.

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Preserving and Enhancing Wetland Habitats Across the UK

Today is World Wetlands Day!

In the UK, wetlands are found from high altitude peat bogs, springs and upland torrents, to meandering lowland rivers, lakes, ponds, swamps, and intertidal zones. Healthy wetlands help to maintain water quality and reduce flooding, whilst supporting important biodiversity. During increasingly frequent high rainfall events, natural or man-made wetlands can intercept and slow the flow of surface water. This can significantly reduce the impact of flooding downstream whilst providing excellent habitat for aquatic biodiversity.

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Twelve Skeletons Found as Part of Archaeological Investigations in Norwich

Contrary to the name, Tombland in Norwich does not refer to tombs or burials in this high profile public space in the historic core of the city, situated in the shadow of the cathedral.  It was once a medieval marketplace and common ground, but is now at the heart of the entertainment and office district of modern Norwich. Funded by Norfolk County Council, Wardell Armstrong were commissioned to undertake an archaeological watching brief, conducted in phases as the public space was excavated to allow re-modelling and the removal of surviving Victorian public lavatories.

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