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.  

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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.

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Coventry MRF Planning Success

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.

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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.

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Sample Processing

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.

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Park Street

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.

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Ribblehead Viaduct

ITV1’s ‘All Around Britain’ Featured Some of Our Work on the £2.1m Restoration of Ribblehead Viaduct

Did you see us feature on ITV1’s ‘All Around Britain’ television programme on Sunday?

Our Archaeology and Heritage Team, have assisted Network Rail in securing both scheduled monument consent and listed building consent for a scheme of repairs to the Grade II* listed Ribblehead Viaduct. The structure which spans the Batty Moss within the Yorkshire Dales National Park was designed by the Midland Railway Company Engineer J. S Crosley and is a fantastic example of Victorian railway engineering constructed as part of the Settle to Carlisle Railway between 1870 and 1875. The scale of the structure, its architecture and its landscape setting make it one of the most iconic railway structures in the country.

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GIS Day 2020!

Happy GIS Day 2020! 

‘A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data related to positions on Earth’s surface.’

This year our ecology team have utilised mobile data collection apps such as ArcGIS Collector to capture map-driven forms and field data that integrates seamlessly to our geospatial analysts for processing.

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Skelton Lakes Motorway Service Area

Our Client ‘Extra’ Opens ‘Next Generation’ Service Station Near Leeds

The Skelton Lakes Motorway Service Area was opened earlier this year!

Working as part of a large multi-disciplinary team, Wardell Armstrong provided advice on ground conditions, contaminated land, earthworks and ecological services for this project.

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Planning Permission Secured for an Innovative Care Village

We are delighted to confirm that we secured planning permission for Cinnamon Retirement Living for a care village in Inveresk, East Lothian. East Lothian Council voted unanimously to approve the proposal and commended the quality of the care village services.

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