SLR Consulting has recently announced the senior appointment of Technical Director Andrew Quinn to further strengthen the firm’s Waste and Resources Management service in the Asia Pacific region
Does reluctance in the waste sector to manage recyclables price risk presents opportunities for the insurance sector? Over 6 million tonnes of recyclables (e.g. paper, card, metals, plastics, glass) are collected annually from 23 million households in England and the volumes are expected to increase further in the future. The responsibility for providing household recyclables collection service in England sits with c.320 local authorities, of which over 170 have contracts with private waste management companies for the provision of collection services.
SLR Consulting (“SLR”), a leading global environmental and advisory consultancy, announces that it has agreed to partner with Charterhouse Capital Partners (“Charterhouse”), a leading European private equity firm, to support the business in its next phase of growth and development.
‘So you have a site…’ A little preparation can go a long way when undertaking strategic land promotion
Despite the UK Government’s recent proposals to reform national planning policy to speed delivery of future housing, it is clear that the lack of any substantive change to key areas such as Green Belt Policy mean active promotion of sites by landowners and developers will remain a critical component to the release of large strategic sites.
SLR has recently announced the Principal appointments of Subathra Ramachandram and Colin Stapleton to further strengthen the Advisory services offered in the Asia Pacific region.
Birmingham City Council’s Planning Committee unanimously resolved to grant planning permission for restoration and conversion of Birmingham’s Methodist Central Hall, a Grade II* Listed Building, into a high quality mixed-use hotel and apart-hotel facility on 1 March 2018. Despite the buildings complexities and sheer scale the decision was received within 13 weeks that included comprehensive discussions with Historic England and other consultee partners who all have an interest in the iconic building’s future use and protection.
Draft Revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework – a platitude towards boosting housing delivery?
With Westminster drowning under the pressures of negotiating a successful Brexit, there’s no doubt those in Whitehall are all working hard. However, the Draft Revisions to the NPPF clearly show that creating ground breaking and effective domestic policy to boost housing delivery is not an easy task. Is this publication merely a platitude toward previous manifesto promises?
On February 15, SLR’s Project Engineer Nestor Godinez received the 2018 Outstanding Younger Civil Engineer Award at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Awards Dinner. The annual event was held at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California and recognizes a few of Orange County’s finest Civil Engineers and projects. Nestor was recognized for...
SLR is delighted to welcome Rachel Bennett to our Manchester office. Rachel works with a range of industries including oil & gas, chemicals, mining and manufacturing, to support them in improving their safety and overall business performance.
Senior Engineer Todd Lusk has recently joined SLR with expertise in industrial wastewater engineering via our new office located in Florence, Kentucky. He brings over 16 years of experience in treatability investigations, wastewater technology evaluations, biological wastewater treatment, water efficiency evaluations, wastewater operations troubleshooting, and microscopic biomass assessments for a range of industries including petrochemical, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, and steel.
SLR announces the addition of Leslie Cook Wong to our Houston office as Principal Consultant. She will be leading our effort to grow the air quality team and expand our services to clients throughout Texas and the Gulf Region.
In a recent presentation to the Northwest Environmental Business Council, the Director of the Pollution Liability Insurance Agency (PLIA), Russ Olsen, was pleased with the progress of the new Petroleum Technical Assistance Program (PTAP), citing the successful entry of 48 sites into the new program, which provides technical assistance and opinion letters on low and medium risk sites where petroleum is the only contamination.
SLR has recently joined CIRIA in its Project Steering Group, working to produce a guidance document detailing “the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for infrastructure asset management”.
SLR has this week announced the further expansion of its Land & Water service offering with the launch of Risk Assessment & Toxicology in its Europe region. The additional expertise will be of great benefit to existing and new SLR clients involved with urban regeneration and development sectors.
SLR Consulting’s Asia Pacific operations have recently announced the senior appointment of Mo Daud to lead the firm’s Land Quality and Remediation services in the region.
ASTM International, a global standards organization, recently awarded Managing Principal, Gene Watson, their E50 Distinguished Service Award.
Andrew Forbes, Visualisation and Virtual Reality Specialist at SLR, discusses the vast benefits that virtual reality can deliver to the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment process, and introduces SLR’s prototype VR app.
SLR has recently announced the senior appointment of Technical Director Anthony Lane to assist in the growth of Land Quality and Hydrogeological services in the Asia Pacific region.
Jessica Miller has joined SLR’s air quality team as a senior scientist located in our Baton Rouge, Louisiana office and will support our growth in air quality and compliance services in the Gulf Region.
Since the introduction of the Sentencing Council’s ‘Environmental Offences: Definitive Guideline’ in July 2014, the increase in fines has dramatically impacted on Water Companies.
We are pleased to welcome on-board Kay Salmon, a new Technical Director within the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment team.
Dr George Nash, Principal, Archaeology & Heritage, over the past three years has been co-directing one of the largest ongoing dendrochronology projects in the UK.
In addition to our booth presence at the show, SLR members received awards and acknowledgement for their technical leadership and participation.
SLR is continuing to broaden its services in the Gulf Coast Region by welcoming Brad Arnold to the firm as a Senior Engineer.
On the 18th of October Nigel Leehane, Technical Director at SLR, and Toby Bridgeman from British Gypsum joined BSI and IEMA in sharing a webinar titled 'ISO 14001 – thinking about context of the organisation and interested parties'. The webinar explored the ISO14001:2015 requirements for organisational context and interested parties, as well as the potential value and approaches to addressing them.
SLR’s VR team has recently completed a virtual reality model showing a proposed offshore windfarm for Inch Cape Offshore Limited near the Angus coast.
SLR Consulting will relocate to the Perth CBD on Monday 3 October to accommodate for the continued growth of the business. After commencing operations in Western Australia nine years ago, the company has expanded its technical capability and range of clients across numerous business sectors.
The Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD) is in the process of being transposed to UK law, and will be implemented in England and Wales by December 2017.
SLR Africa, in association with Strategia International, has recently hosted a successful seminar in Johannesburg, focussing on a comprehensive approach to risk management. This was fulfilled by four speakers:
In the fifth of a series of articles SLR's Nigel Leehane has written to help organisations understand the implications of transitioning to ISO 14001:2015, he explores the new requirements for competence, and how organisations can adapt to meet them.
In the fourth of a series of articles SLR's Nigel Leehane has written to help organisations understand the implications of transitioning to ISO 14001:2015, he explores the new requirements for sustainability and life cycle control and influence, and how organisations can adapt to meet them.
SLR Consulting’s Asia Pacific operations have recently announced the expansion of their water advisory and design capability with the senior appointments of Dr Trevor Johnson and Michael Della.
In the third of a series of articles SLR's Nigel Leehane has written to help organisations understand the implications of transitioning to ISO 14001:2015, he explores the new requirements for leadership, who these apply to, and how they can adapt to meet them.
SLR’s Africa Advisory Services have recently provided environmental, social and governance due diligence services for Enko Capital’s expansion capital investment in AMI Logistics. Enko Capital is an asset management company focussed on African investment, and their $7 million transaction gives the $64 million Enko Africa Private Equity Fund a significant minority stake in AMI, as well as a seat on AMI’s board.
SLR has this week announced the further expansion of its services in Asia Pacific with the launch of Landscape Architecture. Previously only serviced from the European region, the additional expertise will be of great benefit to existing and new SLR clients involved with urban regeneration and development sectors.
In the second of a series of articles SLR's Nigel Leehane has written, he will be helping organisations understand the implications of transitioning to ISO 14001:2015.
SLR has been using visualisation in projects for over 20 years and now our latest project with National Grid has been the biggest virtual reality project to date.
If you are preparing to make the transition to ISO 14001:2015, you need to understand the implications of the new requirements of the revised standard, so that you can plan how to address them in the time remaining for recertification.
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.
Jeff Naumoff, P.E. has joined SLR’s wastewater group as Senior Project Engineer. To continue expanding SLR’s wastewater program, Jeff will be responsible for technical delivery on strategic projects. He is a professional engineer in Washington State with more than 20 years of industry experience as a technical and management consultant for projects.
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 Principal, Don Taylor, to the Integrated Wastewater team. With over 25 years of water and wastewater experience, Don will provide process engineering, detail designs, process and operations troubleshooting, and project management for industrial water and wastewater treatment facilities. Don will be working out of SLR’s Salt Lake City, Utah office.
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. icon_energy.jpg
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, 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 very pleased to announce that Kimberley O’Neill has joined the Calgary Office as our Air Quality Technical Discipline Manager (TDM).
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. Our planet is facing a real crisis in water resources. Climate change and population increases are changing the balance of supply and de...
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.