Confidential Rail Project
Since 2015, we have supported Arup on a large infrastructure scheme in the Midlands, UK. We were initially brought in to fill resourcing gaps, but quickly became the main supplier of ecologists to the project. We were able to use our national network of quality-assured ecologists to respond to Arup’s requirements as they arose. At the height of each survey season, we had more than 40 ecologists out at any one time, but when survey requirements dropped off, we simply deployed fewer ecologists. This flexible resourcing, our coordination role and quality assurance oversight received very positive customer feedback and enabled our client to respond effectively to the varying demands of a complex project in a manner they could not achieve using only directly employed staff.
East West Rail Phase 2
Our network of experts provided essential support when the East West Rail Alliance urgently required help to produce a supplementary environmental statement for a rail scheme in the Midlands, UK, that was about to go to public inquiry. We rapidly assembled a team of 10 expert consultants drawn from our in-house staff and extended network of quality-assured suppliers to deliver the work on a tight timescale. We worked closely with the client’s project team on high-level quality assurance of all the survey data, updating a series of nine technical appendices and producing sections of the further environmental information report to ensure delivery on time. We then supported the client through the public inquiry by providing an ecology expert witness with excellent knowledge of the scheme and many years of public inquiry experience.
WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE IBERDROLA TEAM, WE PROVIDED ALL THE PRECONSTRUCTION SURVEYS FOR BADGERS AND WATER VOLES AND IMPLEMENTED MITIGATION WORKS FOR GREAT CRESTED NEWTS, REPTILES AND BADGERS.
Offshore wind farm cable route
Iberdrola, East Anglia
RSK Biocensus delivered all ecology surveys and impact assessments for the onshore elements of Iberdrola’s East Anglia offshore wind farm cable route. This nationally significant infrastructure project involved more than 37 km of onshore cable (comprising 300 to 600-kV, high-voltage, direct-current cables) from the landfall on the Suffolk coast to the proposed onshore converter station in Bramford, Suffolk. Following approval, we were also engaged to deliver all the pre-construction ecological mitigation works to ensure the construction timescales were minimised. Working closely with the Iberdrola team, we provided all the pre-construction surveys for badgers and water voles, and implemented mitigation works for great crested newts, reptiles and badgers. We performed great crested newt translocations under licence from Natural England across four sections of the route. More than 70 badger setts were closed under licence from Natural England and artificial setts were designed and constructed. This project illustrates our ability to support a project for its duration, from initial routing stages through to assessment and construction. The scope of our involvement demonstrates our ability to resource large-scale infrastructure projects while providing pragmatic ecological solutions on the ground.