[ Landscape Sciences ]

Ecology, geology, hydrology, arboriculture and more all bring a scientific aspect to the landscapes around us and to ignore them will affect the success of new schemes and often unacceptable impacts on new developments before they get to planning.

We are now providing our clients with pre-masterplanning risk assessments, where we evaluate the influence earth sciences will have on the potential for taking a project to a successful and unconstrained conclusion. We do not hide the facts but assess their implications and with the client and his team agree mitigation measures. This might often mean delaying a start to resolve major issues or simply advance some works in pre-commencement. By moving elements of the development or minor adjustments can resolve an issue easily.

Planning now demands ecology surveys and tree surveys as part of the application process and we co-ordinate our specialist scientist to package the supporting documents. All information produced is distilled and summarised in drawings and summaries to our client and consultants where their field of work may be or is affected and possibly constrained. Through this system we aim to avoid surprises for the project, the client or their team.

BREEAM is a tool that allows the owners, users and designers of buildings to review and improve environmental performance throughout the life of a building. It is a widely accepted and respected international scheme that sets a benchmark for environmental performance.

Working closely with BREEAM assessors and others in the design team we develop the highest possible accreditation for projects within our services in ecology, hard landscape materials and soft landscape planting. We address this early in the design stage as part of the broader sustainability credentials of the project.

We can provide Suitably Qualified Ecologists and prepare Environmental Management Plans to meet key credits within the BREEAM assessment.