Built Environment Overview

SLR provides straightforward, commercially aware and technically robust advice to clients in the Built Environment sector. We support investors, developers, regulators, policy makers, landowners and other stakeholders.

We have particular expertise in the following business sectors:

  • Residential
  • Commercial/Industrial
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Defence
  • Culture, Leisure, Sports and Tourism
  • Urban Regeneration

A selection of clients across SLR’s global Built Environment business sector includes:

  • Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Newcastle University
  • Ontario Ministry of Transport
  • Port of Waterford
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Washington State University


Breakfast seminar summary: Getting permissions for housing in 2018

June 22, 2018

Bristol - On Wednesday, 20th June SLR Consulting, Ashfords LLP and Landmark Chambers held a summer breakfast seminar at Ashfords offices in Bristol. The event focused on the ongoing developments in planning and infrastructure and offered attendees an insight into the getting permissions for housing developments in the current climate. The seminar attracted developers, agents, housebuilders and architects from Bristol and the surrounding area.

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Managing Recyclables Price Risk – Is the Sector Missing a Partner?

April 19, 2018

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.

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SLR secures planning consent for landmark Birmingham building

March 15, 2018

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.

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Draft Revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework – a platitude towards boosting housing delivery?

March 08, 2018

Edward Bright (Principal, Planning) shares his thoughts on the Draft Revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and what the changes might mean. 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?

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Peter Georgiou

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Peter’s experience spans a broad range of environmental (acoustics, air quality, ESD and energy efficiency, planning) and engineering (civil and structural) fields as well as climate and insurance risk assessments. Peter has worked on relevant sector projects in North America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

Jeff Nyman

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Jeff Nyman is SLR’s Director for the Built Environment Sector in Canada and has over 19 years’ experience planning and conducting Phase 1, 2 and 3 ESAs, completing remedial options assessments, developing remedial plans, substantive cost estimating, writing tender specifications, managing remediation projects, and designing and implementing hydrogeological assessments.

Jeff also manages SLR’s Federal Government Services. As the federal government business development lead he is responsible for contact with federal government department leads. Jeff also provides technical expertise to staff in Canada on federal government regulations and work requirements, including northern projects.

Jonathan Reynolds

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Jonathan is SLR’s Sector Lead for the Built Environment Sector in Europe and has over 16 years’ experience in Urban Design & Masterplanning across the UK.

Particular areas of expertise include the establishment of a design ‘vision’ for a site, followed by the preparation of masterplans and supporting design material for both greenfield and brownfield regeneration schemes, from small infill sites to major urban extensions and settlements. Jonathan can also undertake initial capacity assessments to help clients realise development potential by promoting sites through the planning system from an early stage. Jonathan has secured planning consent for a number of major development sites as part of a wider team, and has provided services as an expert witness for urban design & masterplanning.

Rob Hounsome


Rob Hounsome has more than 20 years’ experience as a leader responsible for operational and strategic leadership of consulting businesses across multiple offices and engineering and scientific disciplines.

He has specific experience of environmental management requirements of mining, oil and gas and manufacturing/industrial development of associated issues ranging from those affecting biodiversity and social impacts through to waste and water management, control on air and noise and emergency response planning.

Brian Hoefler

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Mr. Hoefler has over 25 years of experience with a range of project management services that support Infrastructure development and expansion. His experience includes multi-media project management, air quality services, NEPA documentation, environmental permitting, regulatory compliance, spill prevention and response, utility planning, noise studies, and siting studies.

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Please contact a member of our team below to discuss your specific requirements or for a quotation.