Tim Malim, chair of the Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers (FAME) and technical director at SLR Consulting, explains how to get the best outcomes and plan effectively for capacity issues.
SLR is pleased to announced the appointment of Graeme Starke to lead the Air Quality team in the Asia Pacific region. Graeme brings more than seventeen years’ experience and has a particular focus in the assessment of the environmental effects of air discharges, emission inventories, atmospheric dispersion modelling, management plans and air monitoring.
The State of Victoria Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP) have recently released their ‘Better Apartment Design Standards’ (BADS) which includes internal noise requirements for apartment buildings. These requirements are for properties within stated catchment areas from industrial, road and rail land uses. This has the potential to impact over 400,000 land parcels within Greater Melbourne. SLR have developed the tools to quickly and easily support our clients in screening sites for possible noise implications. This is to help understand the potential cost impacts due to noise abatement during early costing exercises on a development site. Ben Hinze (Manger – Environmental Mapping) and Alex Campbell (Sector Lead – Infrastructure) provide a summary of the impacts and an enlightening case study.
This article outlines the recent and near future changes to respirable dust in coal mines and recent innovations by SLR's Occupational Safety and Hygiene Team to assist mines effectively and efficiently manage the issue.
SLR Consulting has this week announced the appointment of Andrew Joycey as Principal Consultant with the firm’s Transport Advisory team based in the Melbourne office.
The SLR Oil & Gas Advisory team assisted INEOS’ with their recently announced acquisition of Dong Oil & Gas Business from DONG Energy for a payment of $1.05 billion, plus a contingent payment of $250 million. The acquisition positions INEOS as a top ten company in the North Sea and the biggest privately owned exploration and production business operating in...
SLR is pleased to have been awarded a position on the ESPO (Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation) 664 Consultancy Services framework.
Senior Project Manager, Kerry Mierau, has joined SLR bringing over 15 years of experience with supporting and managing projects in the area of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting. Her expertise includes preparing new, renewal and modification NPDES discharge permit applications, CWA 316(b) cooling water intake support, aquatic bio-assessments, whole effluent toxicity (WET) and aquatic toxicity, water quality-based effluent limit derivation, and site-specific criteria development. Ms. Mierau has also served as supporting or lead eco-toxicologist in the development of registration dossiers under REACH regulations for more than 20 substances.
Like you, staff at SLR are receiving many briefings being circulated about the new EIA Regulations. Much of the comment appears to be raising the potential for concern, pushing those developing projects to seek additional advice that in reality may well be unnecessary. Our perspective is that if you were already pro-actively applying the old EIA Regulations to the specific advantage of your project, then the new regulations change little.
SLR has this week announced the appointment of Trent Collins as Principal Consultant in the firm’s Mine Waste Engineering team. Trent has over sixteen years’ experience in the geotechnical industry with a focus on Mine Waste, Tailings Dams and Earthworks Construction.
SLR's Greg Altria and Sarah Lovell (Associates - EMPC) have had an article published in the May edition of CIWM magazine. In the piece, the two look at the continued economic benefits of obtaining recovery status for waste deposit activities.
Road Safety is one of the most important community issues worldwide. Whilst it is a global problem, we all need to think “and act” locally to seek an improvement in road safety and a reduction of injuries and fatalities on our transport network.
SLR has been awarded a gold medal award for the 8th consecutive year in the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2017.
SLR is pleased to welcome Managing Principal, D’Ann Wilkins, who has opened a new office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in March 2017. With over 20 years of experience in water treatment and wastewater services, D’Ann will further develop SLR’s technical service offerings in the engineering and water quality service area.
SLR has released its financial accounts and annual report for 2016. These show another year of progress for the company with group revenue up 3.5% to £112.6 million and profit (as measured by earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation EBITDA) up 17.5% to £13.3 million.
SLR has been shortlisted in this year’s Planning awards in the Placemaking category for ‘Best Use of Publicly-Owned Land and / or Property in Placemaking’.
We are pleased to welcome David Wright, who has joined the Hydrology and Hydrogeology team and will be based in Stirling.
SLR has been successful in obtaining planning permission for Ibstock Brick to extend their brick clay quarry at Red Barns, near Wardley, South Tyneside. The expansion in the existing quarry was necessary to underpin the recent investment at Throckley Brickworks which has increased its production rate for the manufacture of bricks.
SLR has been appointed to support Force 9 Energy with securing Section 36 consent for a potential 315MW onshore wind farm.
Peter Kinghan, SLR’s Principal for Minerals Valuations has been published in The Spring 2017 Edition of the The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland's 'Surveyors Journal'.
Continuing on from our International Women's Day article (8th March), we have another instalment of thoughts from people around the business on what the day means to them.
We are pleased to welcome Maggie Dutton, a new Technical Director within the Environmental Management, Permitting and Compliance department.
SLR is fortunate to employ many intelligent and inspiring women who have worked hard in their chosen fields, and have made their own mark on the company. To celebrate International Women’s Day (8th of March) we want to share with you the stories of some of these women. So, having asked many of the senior women in SLR what International Women’s Day means to them, we are delivering their stories, opinions and anecdotes.
With the commodity price recovery and an optimistic medium term outlook in the mining sector it means that Mine Closure Planning can now cease and we should start focussing on operations again.....WRONG!
SLR Consulting has recently announced the expansion of services in the Asia Pacific region with the introduction of a Highways and Transportation Planning team.
As published in The Economist, Tim Malim (BA, FSA, MCIfA) Technical Director, Archaeology & Heritage discusses how the standards for a Cultural Heritage Environmental Impact Assessment study have had to become more robust in order to withstand judicial review and cross-examination.
Fingal Heritage Project is a finalist in the category for Excellence in Planning for Heritage at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2017. The RTPI Awards are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. Running for 40 years, they celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.
SLR is pleased to announce the appointment of Alex Campbell to lead the Infrastructure sector in Asia Pacific.
SLR has recently appointed Lono Tyson to lead the firm’s Waste and Resource Management Services in Asia Pacific. Lono brings more than 20 years of international experience in waste management including planning, approvals, design, procurement, construction, operation, maintenance, monitoring and rehabilitation of municipal solid waste management facilities.
Global environmental consultancy SLR and strategic risk management consultancy Strategia Worldwide Ltd hosted a joint breakfast seminar on Wednesday 25 January 2017, 8AM to 10AM at the Cavalry and Guards Club, London to discuss “helping companies and investors realise opportunities in complex environments”. It was attended by 91 invited guests from the mining, insurance, capital markets and risk industries.
SLR has recently expanded its Engineering capability with the appointment of Peter Cupitt as Principal Water/Wastewater Engineer. Peter joins former colleague Paul Delaney in the Civil and Structural Engineering team based from the company’s Newcastle premises.
Having provided landscape expert witness services to Barratt David Wilson Homes, SLR is delighted that the Secretary of State has allowed the Appeal at Bradford Road, East Ardsley, and has given Barratt David Wilson outline consent for the construction of 299 homes.
Nigel Leehane, SLR's Technical Director - Environment Management, Permitting & Compliance, has been published in The Environmentalist. You can read his article below, which discusses the reliability of information in corporate environmental reports, and how a new standard could improve assurance.
We are very pleased to welcome Sue Swain to SLR. Sue brings a wealth of experience to SLR and will be the new Sector Leader for the Industry Sector, based in the Manchester office.
Jeremy Smith, Director, Landscape Architecture discusses how valued landscape is becoming the common cause for application refusals and what can be done to overcome this.
SLR is now a registered IEMA training centre, which means the company can deliver IEMA certified training courses. SLR intend to offer a selection of short courses to our clients (as in-house courses) and at public venues. Initially, the focus will be on courses in ISO 14001;2015 environmental management systems and auditing, and developing sustainability strategy.
Jamie Robinson, Technical Director in SLR's Bradford on Avon office, has successfully passed the exam to become a Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) through the National Quality Mark Scheme (NQMS).
SLR is delighted to have been recognised as the ‘Best Global Environmental Advisory 2017’. This award comes from BUILD, and is a part of their 2017 Home Builder Awards.
SLR is delighted to learn that Wheelabrator Technologies (Wheelabrator) has achieved financial close on the North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Project.
SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd is pleased to announce the hiring of Stephan Theben as our new Toronto-based Mining and Minerals Sector Lead.
Holiday Greetings from the team at SLR Consulting...
Over the last three weeks we’ve looked at some of the key issues effecting water sourcing within the Mining & Minerals sector. We have covered the following major topics: •The world doesn't stand a chance without water •Driving Sustainable Water Management in Mining •The challenges with permitting for water sourcing
SLR has announced the appointment of two new senior executives in its North America and Asia Pacific operations.
Completed in 2014, SLR designed and planned the landscape setting of the Viridor Energy Recovery Facility at Ardley, Oxfordshire. The facility, which works continuously to transform Oxfordshire’s non-recyclable waste into enough renewable energy to power around 38,000 homes, has now recently been recognised at the annual Oxford Preservation Trust awards.
SLR has successfully been selected as an advisor on WRAP Cymru’s Sustainable Resource Management Framework.
In this week’s water sourcing article Dave Walker discusses how it is getting more difficult to get permits for water sourcing in some geographical areas and the increasing importance of alternative supply options.
SLR’s Melbourne office has this week moved to their newly renovated premises in Hawthorn.
The second of our series on water sourcing Dave Walker, Technical Director, Mining & Minerals talks through the main factors that affect mines’ ability to access the appropriate quality and quantity of water.
Key industry professional, John Postlethwaite has recently joined SLR Consulting in the Brisbane office as Engineering Operations Manager.
MQP has today been granted a licence from Natural England to relocate Great Crested Newts at the company's quarry at Clee Hill, Ludlow, Shropshire.
Water scarcity is among the main problems facing many societies in the 21st century. Water use has been growing at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century, and, although there is no ‘global’ water scarcity as such, an increasing number of regions are chronically short of water.
SLR is very pleased to welcome Rob Jeffries. Rob brings a wealth of experience to the company and will be the new Sector Leader for the Oil & Gas Sector, based in the Guildford office.
SLR Consulting Australia has this week announced the appointments of Principal Consultant Michael Allan and Associate Consultant Charles McInnes.
‘Britain’s Housebuilding Scandal’ - A disturbing return to the blame culture for a lack of housing delivery?
Elle Cass, Technical Director – Planning and SLR's recently appointed Built Environment Planning Lead discusses her thoughts on the Government's approach to managing the current housing crisis.
To better serve our clients, SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd. has opened a new office in the heart of Toronto’s financial district.
SLR Consulting has recently been announced as the Noise and Vibration Technical Advisor on the Parramatta Light Rail project.
SLR was invited to present at the recent "EU Research and Innovation in Support to the Earth observation Market" workshop, organised by the Directorate Climate Action and Resource Efficiency of European Commission's DG Research and Innovation (DG RTD) in Brussels. Peter Kinghan, Principal, SLR Consulting Ireland, presented examples of SLR’s work using remote sensing (related to O&G, mining and waste projects) along with ideas on how to bridge the gap between research / innovation and viable commercial end uses.
On Wednesday, 28th September SLR Consulting, Osborne Clarke and No5 Chambers held an autumn presentation and debate at Osborne Clarke Temple Quay offices in Bristol. The event focused on the ongoing developments in planning and infrastructure and offered attendees an insight into the latest legislation and the impact that is having and will have on planning and infrastructure developments. The seminar attracted over 30 invited guests including developers, agents, housebuilders and architects.
SLR triumphed at the 2016 Business Excellence Awards run by Environment Analyst, receiving the top award on the night for International Business Excellence.
SLR Consulting announces the appointment of Elle Cass as Technical Director – Planning and the new Built Environment Planning Lead. This new role has been created to complement SLR's extensive range of technical expertise and to provide existing and new clients with a fully integrated Built Environment Planning and Project Management Offer. With this appointment SLR can offer a ‘one stop shop’ to delivering both technically deliverable and commercially viable planning permissions.
Global environmental and advisory consultancy SLR and strategic risk management consultancy Strategia Worldwide Ltd hosted a joint breakfast seminar on Thursday, 22nd September, at the Cavalry and Guards Club, London to discuss “A comprehensive approach to risk in complex environments.” It was attended by 54 invited guests from the oil and gas, insurance and risk industries.
SLR’s team in France has been working with the French Development Agency (AFD) over the last couple of years, to mainstream gender equality into its operations.
SLR has appointed Dianne Buchanan as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) following the retirement of former CFO Jonathan Cook earlier in the year.
SLR to Open New Office in Toronto and is Pleased to Welcome New Advisory Services Manager, Sandra Thompson
SLR is delighted to welcome Sandra Thompson to Canada’s Advisory Services Team. Sandra (Sandy) will take the role of Advisory Services Operations Manager and will have oversight of the group across Canada where she will focus on transactional consulting for our existing clients as well as continuing to build our due diligence portfolio.
SLR Consulting has been shortlisted in this year’s Environment Analyst Business Excellence Awards. We are included in two categories: the best UK Large Firm and the best International Firm.
Nigel Leehane, technical director in the Environmental Management, Permitting and Compliance team was one of the UK’s technical experts at last week’s annual ISO Environment Technical Committee meeting, held in Seoul, South Korea.
The International Workshop on Railway Noise (IWRN) is a forum for international experts in the field of railway noise and vibration. Held on a three year cycle, this year’s event is being hosted by the Australian Acoustical Society in Terrigal, New South Wales.
SLR is delighted to welcome Kevin Ford to the global Oil & Gas Advisory team. Kevin will take the role of Chief Economist and will have oversight of the economics group in Guildford where he will focus on advising our existing clients and continuing to build the economics portfolio.
Leading environmental consultancy, SLR Consulting has this week announced the appointment of Peter Runcie as Associate Consultant in the Acoustics and Vibration team.
Simon Higson, SLR’s Technical Discipline Manager for the Landscape Architecture team, will be presenting a paper titled “What Landscape Strategy?” at next month’s 19th Extractive Industry Geology (EIG) Conference on 7th September, for Day Two: Landscape, Restoration and Surveying.
SLR Consulting has recently announced the appointment of Civil Engineer, Paul Delaney as the Asia Pacific Technical Discipline Manager in the Civil and Structural Engineering team.
SLR Consulting has been working closely with the French Development Agency (AFD) creating a specific methodology to ensure that operational teams and industry experts work to improve the Land Tenure Security for communities affected by their projects.
SLR Consulting announces the appointment of Duncan Cartwright, a new Principal Hydrogeologist, within the Land Quality & Remediation team.
SLR Consulting Ltd has recently completed a two year collaboration with Ecospan & AIS Environment in Malta. In partnership SLR undertook the hydrodynamic modelling of Marsaxlokk Bay; a natural port adjacent to a small fishing village on the south-eastern part of Malta, which is traditionally famous for its Sunday fish market and painted boats.
Thursday, 7th July 2016, proved to be an extraordinary day for SLR Consulting’s Dr George Nash, Principal - Archaeology & Heritage. It was a day of great personal pride and achievement and one which he is not likely to forget. Dr Nash has been the Priory Archaeologist at St Mary’s Priory Church, in Abergavenny, for the past 19 years. This is an honorary position he took up in 1997.
SLR Consulting Ltd announces the recent appointment of Nigel Leehane as Technical Director, with the SLR Europe Environmental Management, Permitting and Compliance team, based in the Nottingham office.
On 15th June, the Irish Times announced SLR Environmental Consulting (Ireland) Ltd as a winner of Horizon 2020 competitive funding for three projects. Running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of almost €80 billion Horizon 2020 is the EU’s largest ever programme for research and innovation and is part of the drive to create new jobs and growth across Europe.
Thursday, 23rd June 2016 marked a highlight in the 2016 awards calendar with The Planning & Placemaking Awards taking place at Savoy Place in central London. Paul McTernan (Technical Director, Planning) Laura Marshall (Principal, Planning) and Jonathan Reynolds (Technical Director, Urban Design & Masterplanning) attended this event and represented SLR in two highly competitive categories.
SLR Consulting Ltd, a leader in global environmental and advisory services, was commissioned by the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) at the end of 2015, to undertake a review of the Irish public’s perception of geoscience activity (research, exploration and extraction of earth resources). The research was undertaken to better understand the requirements for social acceptance of geoscience activities by the relevant stakeholders.
SLR Consulting Ltd has been shortlisted in this year’s Planning Awards in two categories. The first, the ‘Award for Plan-making’, which promotes the excellent work carried out by its Planning team, in collaboration with the Nene Park Trust, on the Nene Park Masterplan 2016-2045.
SLR Consulting is monitoring the construction work being carried out on a new commercial building, at 79-83 Oxford Street, London. SLR’s team of Acoustics, Noise & Vibration specialists is helping to reduce the potential risk of any structural damage to buildings adjacent to this site. They are doing this through the use of a coordinated INFRA system, which is monitoring dust, noise and vibration levels of the work.
SLR Consulting, a leader in global environmental and advisory services, announces the appointment of Ben Matthews as associate geologist based in Bristol.
SLR Consulting Limited, a leader in global environmental and advisory services, has been awarded a gold medal award in the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards for 2016. Now in its 60th year the prestigious annual scheme, run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), presents accolades across 24 industry sectors including construction, healthcare, transport and logistics, engineering and manufacturing.
SLR Consulting Australia (SLR) has once again proven to be an exceptional performer in the Australian waste management consultancy marketplace, with a consecutive top three place in the release of the 2016 Inside Waste Consultants Review.
SLR is delighted to announce the recent appointment of Paul Gordon MSc PGeo EurGeol as a Principal Geologist with the SLR Europe Geology team. Paul will be based in SLR’s Dublin office.
Tom Green to address All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Highways Maintenance at House of Commons
SLR's European Head of Engineering, Tom Green, will present to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APGG) on Highways Maintenance at Westminster on 8th March 2016 on the topic of promoting circular principles in highway maintenance.
Paul McTernan, Technical Director - Planning was delighted to pick up the International Innovation Award at the IPI International Awards held at Dublin Castle on Friday 19th February 2016
SLR has appointed Malcolm Cooper as Technical Director, Archaeology & Heritage. This move further strengthens SLR’s profile and experience in heritage management.
SLR Consulting announces the appointment of prominent industry professional, Suzanne Jolly as Principal Consultant in the Environmental Management, Planning and Approvals team. Suzanne has 17 years’ experience in environmental management, due diligence, strategic business building and client management, with a strong focus on the mining and extractive resource sectors.
SLR Consulting has supported INEOS, one of the UK’s largest energy users, in the evaluation and acquisition of a material producing North Sea asset package. The acquisition secures INEOS’s position as a North Sea operator and reflects its wider strategy to build an upstream oil and gas production business to complement its refining and...
As habitat loss pushes wildlife to the brink, many species are now protected by either UK or European legislation. This is sound from an ecological perspective but can cause increased time delays and costs to developers – particularly at proposed development sites where only one or two animals have been recorded. SLR Senior Ecologist Rebecca Hendry ex...
SLR Consulting’s Paul McTernan challenged UK urban planners to be more playful at a recent Playboard conference in Belfast. The ‘Playing Out’ event sought to explore how better design and masterplanning of the public realm can support children’s holistic development. The conference followed the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Fit and Healthy Childhood’s report on...
SLR Consulting recently completed the technical authoring of a Decom North Sea and Zero Waste Scotland funded report on ‘The Management of Decommissioned Material in a Circular Economy’. Launched at the Decom Delivery, Re-use Results conference in Aberdeen earlier this month, the document provides an overview of re-use potential in the oil and gas decommissioning sect...
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from everyone at SLR
SLR has won a top accolade for its Paisley Town Centre Heritage and Asset Strategy at the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning (SAQP) 2015. One of the Scottish Government’s most prestigious events, the SAQP Awards celebrates achievements in planning, from strategic visions to development on the ground.
SLR Consulting Australia Pty Ltd was recently awarded a National Export Award, Building and Construction Contractors or Services at the Master Builders Australia National Excellence Awards. These Awards showcase the highest quality achieved by Australia’s building and construction industry.