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  • BREEAM 2011 Ecology – Increasing Biodiversity in the Urban Environment

    Posted On 4 Jun 2014 by Middlemarch Environmental

    Middlemarch Environmental Ltd has recently been involved in the redevelopment of a site in Islington. Tonkin Liu Ltd appointed Middlemarch to work as part of the consult team to develop six new office and retail units at the Old Street Yard site in Islington, London.

    The project consisted of a mix of demolition to facilitate new builds and also the refurbishment of a number of retained buildings.

    Middlemarch worked closely with Tonkin Liu Ltd and undertook the ecological surveys on sites, which included BREEAM 2011 Ecology Assessment, Initial Bat assessment and a bird risk assessment.

    The results of the surveys indicated that there would be no negative ecological impact due to the development.

    The new designs incorporated into the new and remaining buildings meant that our client had the potential to achieve 9 of the 10 ecology credits available. The new designs included a green roof and planting strategy. A green roof is typically a roof with plants growing on it. With urban development increasingly claiming areas of natural habitat, green roofs offer an opportunity to enhance biodiversity in an otherwise redundant space. The roofs are built up in layers on top of the existing roof structure with a growth substrate. Green walls are walls which are completely or partially covered by plants and foliage. Green walls can also be used to add biodiversity value and attractiveness to vertical space.

    Anna Kiu – Tonkin Liu LtdMiddlemarch Environmental Ltd was a great help on this project. The were able to advise on all ecology aspect, including how to achieve additional BREEAM ecology credits”

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  • BREEAM Ecological Assessment: The Phoenix House, Reading

    Posted On 7 Aug 2012 by Middlemarch Environmental

    Middlemarch's relationship with Mansell Construction began over 15 years ago, we have provided ecological expertise on various projects across the UK, ensuring planning requirements and deadlines are met. 

    Middlemarch Environmental have been working with Mansell Construction on a recent project, The Phoenix House in Reading.

    This current scheme, was part of a large refurbishment project, Middlemarch produced a BREEAM Ecological Assessment. Even though this is a urban site with little to no scope for soft landscaping, the project was still awarded with a "better than average " score, without having to implement a costly landscaping scheme.

    Middlemarch Environmental Ltd is a member of the Association of Wildlife Trust Consultancies (AWTC) and is accredited to conduct BREEAM ecological assessments.

     

     

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  • 2,000 BREEAM and CfSH Ecology Reports in 5 years!

    Posted On 19 Dec 2011 by Middlemarch Environmental

    Between 2006 and late 2011, Middlemarch completed over 2,000 reports compliant with the ecology chapter of BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes.

    Working throughout the UK, we have worked closely with our clients teams to ensure ecology credits are maximised for each scheme. Our clients have included; developers, housing associations, architects, local authorities, planning consultants, NHS foundation trusts and universities.

    Having 24 suitably qualified ecologists is a key reason for the success. Our team are qualified to at least degree level, have over 3 years experience in the field and are full members of IEEM and CIWEM.

    Joscelin Tilley, BREEAM/CfSH Manager at Middlemarch Environmental, said With our experience and qualified ecologist, we aim for all our reports to meet the highest ecology rating. We have offices around the UK, which means our team at Middlemarch can be on site without delay”.

    Posted In BREEAM/CfSH, Ecology Tagged BREEAM, CfSH, Ecology