Ecology and biodiversity

Minimising negative impacts

Development can obviously have a destructive impact where species-rich land is replaced. But it can also increase biodiversity where, for example, true industrial brownfield land is replaced with homes which include gardens or public amenities such as parks.

We try to minimise ecological damage as far as possible, protecting plants and wildlife and, where we can, taking advantage of our projects to enhance biodiversity.

We implement project environmental plans for every project which includes biodiversity considerations. We identify the protected trees and wildlife on site as well as taking into account the ecological requirements of our clients and stakeholders.

Ensuring responsibility

Each site has a “biodiversity champion” who makes sure the appropriate method statements are produced, that licences and permits are obtained where environmentally sensitive works are planned, and who promotes biodiversity awareness on site using toolbox talks (organised morning meetings), other site meetings and the environmental notice board.

We also work hard to ensure that we stop pollution, minimising risk through best-practice site procedures and ensuring all our employees are appropriately trained in order to protect local habitats from degradation and damage.

As part of our 10 point plans, we are targeting ever-higher Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) scores and on a higher percentage of sites every year. This scheme includes marks for protect plants, trees and wildlife; minimise noise, light, water and air pollution; cover wildlife issues within inductions and provide ecological benefits to the area.

We are committed to managing the impact of our work on the natural environment, and, where we can, enhancing the natural biodiversity through the course of our work, providing leadership to ensure developments are as sustainable as possible. Through our Environmental Management Systems, we carry out a pre-construction assessment of the impact the project will have on the surrounding environment. We work with our clients to identify practical measures to protect and further enhance the sustainability of sites. 
For all our sites we review the impact of construction operations before the handover to our site teams. Ecology and biodiversity form part of our environmental managers’ project plan. The plan identifies the key environmental risks associated with a project and how we will manage them. 
During the construction phase our environmental managers will visit each site to ensure the project environmental plan is fully implemented and that any impacts are monitored and reported.  
We are part of the GI4BE (Green Infrastructure for the Built Environment) initiative run by CIRIA to provide a network of natural and manmade spaces to enhance ecology and biodiversity.