Integrative Consents, Property and Sustainability advice.
What are Consents?
Consents and Consents Management Plans act as a guide to all interested and affected stakeholders as to how the Infrastructure Provider and its contractors will obtain the additional consents, licenses and notifications required to facilitate the construction of their particular project.
What do we do?
We can summarise and manage the various consents, notifications and licenses which will be required at each of the different stages of a project.
We can simply describe the procedures, commitments and systems that the IP will put in place to ensure that fair and efficient consents management occurs throughout the lifetime of the project
We can also outline and manage the role that other stakeholders will have in the process and clearly lay out in Consents Registers, the obligations that the IP and its contractors will commit to throughout.
How can we help you?
Put simply, We can help you identify, manage and discharge your consents throughout, or at any stage, or your project.
Sustainability & Environmental
Sustainability and Environmental
We offer sustainability and environmental and across the whole construction spectrum, to a chartered level.
We have over a decade of experience working in this sector across numerous public and private infrastructure projects.
There are lots of definitions of of sustainability, but put simply, its a pillar of everything that everyone does, wether they know that or not!
The most popular definition of sustainability is that from the Brundtland Report of 1987, which said: Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Which makes a lot of sense, but is very hard to achieve.
e seek to find the sustainable aspects of your project and manage them effectively and efficiently through the life of the project
in recent years Environmental management has become an integral part of any new project from designing your ISO 14001 Environmental management system, right down to conducting basic site inspections, we can help.
Our property consultancy falls in two main areas of work
Large Projects and License to Alter negotiations.
On any large project property, local stakeholders are a huge issue. As an associate member of RICs and with over 5 years experience in the sector, we are ideally placed to help with all aspects of a property based consents.
We have experience of surveying, dilapidation surveys, land referencing, works orders, acts of parliament, compulsory purchase, licenses, land boundaries and 3rd party negotiation and consultation.
We have also dealt with way-leaves and easements for infrastructure clients and look to maintain healthy relationships with local councils and utilities companies.
We also help tenants to achieve their aims on new or existing sites, especially in cases where there are restrictive lease clauses or limits to development potential.
We have provided Environmental and Consents advice for Network Rail for the past 5 years across various projects, but mainly focused on the Thameslink Project and Commercial Estate.
We are directly responsible for land transfers back to Commercial Estate from Infrastructure Projects and other parts of Network Rail. We are also directly responsible for all Tenants, development and 3rd party Consents Management within the Commercial Estates portfolio.
We have been directly responsible for Consents, Sustainability and Property on the following projects as part of the Thameslink Programme:
- Railway Systems (track, civils & signalling)
- High Capacity Infrastructure (ETCS)
- Bermondsey Dive Under
- Structures Strengthening Programme
- London Bridge Signal Box Demolition planning
- Angerstein & Hither Green Re-signalling
We worked on the Bristol project of the Government’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) initiative, for Skanska and Bristol City Council. The project consisted of the design, construction, finance, operation and maintenance of compulsory level schools across four sites. We were directly involved in the BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) assessments, green design, general environmental management and renewable energy provison on the project
Each of the schools was built to a BREEAM ‘very good’ standard. This exceeded the statutory minimum of the Building Regulations at the time.
Several Good practices between Bristol City Council and Skanska emerging through the life span of the project and these evolved into key performance indicators that directly related to sustainability. These included construction waste reduction targets; the use of recycled materials in construction; the monitoring of C02 emitted during construction; the impact on bio-diversity, the use of local labour and resources, and the promotion of students’ awareness of environmental sustainability.
Although each of the school sites was completely different, the same renewable technology was used across the project.
Where applicable, the following fundamental principles were designed into the schools:
- Natural ventilation
- Good insulation
- Night cooling
- Thermal mass/passive solar
- Active lighting controls
- Water conservation
- Rainwater collection
- Sustainable urban drainage
- Biomass heating
Contributing Toward Sustainable Development
Sustainability was one of the four key pillars to the successful delivery of BSF in Bristol. Overall schools are thought to contribute to around 15% of public sector carbon emissions, so it is critical that in the future their environmental impact is reduced.
All of the new buildings and refurbishments were constructed from sustainable materials which contained at least 12% of recycled products. The schools also pioneered (the now dis-continued) Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) target programme, which tracked the recycled content in the design.
Energy efficiency materials, heating systems and lighting were all engineered into the buildings, and the designs maximised natural daylight and provide passive air circulation (engineering the buildings to naturally ventilate where possible).
Rain water recycling systems used roof run off to flush toilets and biomass boilers, which used wood chips from sustainable local forests and recycled products. These minimised energy requirements and cost over the life of the building and provide an invaluable learning resource for the students.
Flat screen monitors where installed that display the energy and water use within buildings and visibility panels where engineered into the plant room walls and risers. These simple ideas enable the buildings to become a learning resource for the students, allowing the teachers to incorporate sustainability into the curriculum.
We have worked extensively in the housing sector. from Social Housing to Private developers, fron new build to refurbishments, we have a unique insight into the sustainable opportunities in this sector.
Previous commission examples
For a leading facilities services company who specialise in Social Housing (Now part of a larger group of companies), we have:
- Established and imbeded a 3-year environmental business plan that ensured that the provider was the leading provider of ‘green’ repairs & maintenance and environmental retrofitting services in the social housing market place.
- Developed and implemented a two fold, top down environmental management strategy, implemented internally on a nationwide basis across 54 sites and sold externally to new and existing clients.
These two strategies were based around the internal environmental systems, practices and behaviours of the company and the external business offerings and market positioning of the business.
· Through both of these strategies we achieved the following results
- Reduced CO2 footprint by 20% (across all business units and property)
- Embedded a sustainable procurement process, and started a B2B ‘sustainable exchange’ program
- Reduced energy consumption and spend
- Reduced waste production and spend while increased re-use and recycling rates.
- Implemented a ‘Green office’ programme – including the review of all offices and depots in terms of increasing the energy efficiency of the portfolio. This scheme involved a highly innovative ‘roof share’ scheme developed with Savills.
- Introduced a cycle to work scheme
- Introduced ‘Green travel days’
- Designed and implemented an environmental training program.
- Implemented client environment and sustainability workshops
- Developed an MCS approved Photovoltaic panel installation team that will turn over £3million in this tax year.
- Re-designing and re-launching the company 14001 EMS across 54 sites.
We delivered environmental and sustainability planning for one of the South Easts largest house builders, including
- Advice on all environmental, energy and sustainability matters, from company policy and strategy to on-site issues
- Developing a Group wide environmental business plan and strategy
- Promotion of the strategy across the Group and external stakeholders.
- Building and implementing a ISO 14001 EMS across 40 construction sites.
- Directly responsible for all other environmental aspects of the work that was undertaken across those sites.
- Conducting environmental audits across all sites for the EMS and also for the Considerate Constructors scheme.
- Implementing and managing,the groups BRE SMARTWASTEPlan system, writing all SWMP's and managing the waste and re-cycling schemes across all sites through the system.
- Advice on energy issues across all company areas from planning and design, to site set-up.
We have also provided in depth environmental support for a leading British building products supplier across their nationwide factories and facilities. We undertook the following work for them;
- Helping to develop the companies wider sustainability strategy
- The implementation of environmental management systems being introduced to all aspects of the business.
- Carried out internal environment audit and provided support for external audits,
- The writing of detailed audit reports and impact assessments
- Ensuring environmental compliance across several sites on a day-to-day basis.
- The successful attainment of the ISO 14001 standard across 35 sites in the U.K.
- The training of all levels of staff around environmental and sustainability issues.
- The implementation and management of an Entropy based environmental management system, which controlled the ISO 14001 standard and company’s EMS from a corporate level down to the shop floor.
IEMA & RICS
IEMA - Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment
We are proud to be full members of IEMA and a chartered member of the Society for the Environment.
Rob McAuliffe has been a member of IEMA for over 10 years and carries the MIEMA CENv designation.
We are also part of the IEMA mentoring scheme and are available to offer help to anyone who wished to attain any level of IEMA membership. Please contact us to find out more.
RICS - Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
As an associate member of RICs and with over 5 years experience working with property issues and negociations, we are ideally placed to help with all aspects of a property based consents.
Rob is currently in the process of studing for the APC which will allow him to operate as a Chartered Surveyor in the future.
BREEAM & CEEQUAL
We have been involved in several high profile and successful BREEAM and CEEQUAL schemes across the country.
We can supply a CEEQUAL assessor for both projects and term contracts and we are also highly knowledgeable about BREEAM assessments. With the merger of the two schemes we are perfectly placed to help you, on your project.