Project: Ardersier Harbour
Client: Savills UK Ltd.
Babbity staff were responsible for the expert input and production of the Environmental Statement to accompany the Planning Application for a 34 ha, offshore wind turbine fabrication yard. The EIA was prepared in partnership with Savills and included the management of all terrestrial and marine ecological aspects, the production of an integrated and state of the art environmental statement.
Project: Auchincruive Estate
Our Director for Landscape Services is acting as lead consultant in the design and planning for a new mixed use development at Auchincruive Estate, near Ayr. Services provided include coordination of the Environmental Impact Assessment; coordination of a community engagement exercise; and, preparation of a Concept Masterplan and Masterplan document which incorporates a detailed access strategy for the site.
The proposals allow for the regeneration of this historic landscape with listed buildings and structures a key component of this strategy. The new development will realise up to 450 new homes plus affordable housing, a high quality country hotel, holiday accommodation, new business facilities, a golf course and associated leisure facilities.
Custom House Quay
Project: Custom House Quay
Client: Savills UK Ltd.
The proposal was for a 23-acre site on the North side of the River Clyde. Plans included a hotel, a conference centre, leisure and retail facilities and landscaped open spaces. Major environmental issues included ecology, hydrology, flooding and climate impacts, and visual effects. Our staff scoped the project to the bare minimum, allowing for the progression of the planning application with minimum costs.
World Bank Training
Project: EIA Presentations &
Client: World Bank
Our Environmental Director was delighted to be invited, for the second year running, to supply training presentations for the World Bank headquarters on the implementation of EIA within the EU. The presentations, delivered in the World Bank Headquarters and hotels in Washington DC, involved presentations and question and answer sessions with ProGenus Environmental’s expertise delivered to the World Bank’s employees based in the EU accession nations.
Whitesands Marina Development
Project: Whitesands Marina
Client: Port of Ardeseir
Our Ecology team was commissioned to conduct the terrestrial and Marine Ecology works for this major development in a highly sensitive estuarine environment. The team tightly focused the scope of works and engaged in robust and detailed negotiations with SNH and Marine Scotland to produce a detailed EcIA and accompanying Appropriate Assessment under the Habitats Directive. The Survey works involved littoral surveys, marine benthic sampling and terrestrial ecology surveys, while the appropriate assessment was compiled from reports from the Lighthouse Field Centre (Aberdeen University) and a review of the most up to date academic literature on seal and dolphin impacts from marine vessels.
Project: Broxden Mixed Use
Client: Savills UK Ltd.
The Environmental Team was commissioned to prepare a number of chapters for the Broxden Mixed Use Development in Perth. As a part of this commission, we were required to carry out the Ecology, Air Quality, Noise and Transport Assessments for the EIA and lend general support to the Savills EIA team. We negotiated with North Lanarkshire Council concerning transport and air quality impacts. Consent was granted in October 2013.
Project: Girvan Harbour
Client: Girvan Horizons
Our Environmental Director managed the Environmental Impact Assessment and authored the Environmental statement for the Girvan Harbour regeneration scheme in 2007. This project involved co-ordination of the land remediation works with the application for a FEPA license, Appropriate Assessment Screening and an in-depth
landscape appraisal. The EIA team were closely involved in public engagement events and had extensive input into the planning application and public consultation events. Planning consent was achieved for this development within 6 months and the EIA Director achieved a 100% positive client satisfaction response.
Project: Drimnin Hydroscheme
Client: Drimnin Estates
Our Environmental Team was commissioned by Drimnin Estates to carry out the suite of ecology surveys to support a 260kw hydropower scheme in the Morvern Woods SAC in the Sound of Mull. The works included an EIA screening report, an HRA test of significance report, fisheries, bryophyte, ground water dependent terrestrial ecosystems and protected mammal surveys and accompanying ecological impact assessment reports.
Project: Finnart Estate
Client: Finnart Estate
Our EIA team was commissioned by Finnart Estate to carry out the suite of ecology surveys to support a 360kw hydropower scheme in the River Tay SAC in Perthshire. The works included an EIA screening report, an HRA test of significance report, fisheries, ground water dependent terrestrial ecosystems and protected mammal surveys and accompanying ecological impact assessment reports.
Arran Community Energy
Project: Arran Renewable Energy
Client: Arran Community Energy
We engaged with Arran Community Energy to explore the potential range of small scale, community owned renewable energy projects. We explored potential hydroschemes including one at Loch Garbad, but also explored potential schemes to consider bio fuels, ground source heat pumps and community heating schemes.
Project: Rosyth Harbour
Our EIA director authored the Environmental Statement scoping report and EIA for the expansion of Port Babcock at Rosyth. The site lies on the north bank of the River Forth, upstream of the Forth Road and Rail Bridges, within the jurisdiction of Fife Council. The Rosyth facility, operated by BMRL, included three fully serviced docks capable of
accommodating vessels in excess of 21,000 tonnes, with a non-tidal basin suitable for vessels up to 220 metres in length with a draft of up to 9 metres. The scheme involved the addition of a container terminal at the site and dredging of a new shipping channel.
Jack Nicholas Golf Course
Project: Jack Nicholas Golf Course
Client: F M Ury Ltd.
Our consultants prepared the Environmental Statement for the 147 ha Jack Nicholas Golf Course in Stonehaven which included preparing all technical chapters (including heritage, ecology, hydrology and flood risk, and visual effect). Follow-up works to explore the potential effects the course could have on the ancient woodland resources and the design of a woodland management plan were also undertaken. We joined a proactive and friendly team of engineering and arboreal consultants and completed the initial phase of the work (preparing the Environmental Statement) within 4 weeks of commission.
South Dalmarnock Masterplan
Project: South Dalmarnock Masterplan
Client: Clyde Gateway
We were commissioned by Clyde Gateway to explore the development of an innovative blue-green strategy for the new South Dalmarnock Masterplan. With reference to a number of scenarios, we explored developing a SuDs system which incorporates bioswales, bioretention units, underground storage and rain gardens to provide for full attenuation and water treatment needs for the site and also bringing ecology into the urban environment. In this way, we are able to embed the site within the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network. When designing the system, we explored the concept of integrating an underground storage unit under the site greenspace allocation, which had the added benefit of releasing 15,000m2 of development land and allowing for two new prime development plots to be established.
Project: Cauldcoats Farm
Client: Paladin Developments
We were appointed by Paladin Developments to produce the technical environmental reports to support a housing development at Cauldcoats Farm in Dalkeith, Midlothian. The major issues that needed to be addressed were land contamination, ecology, noise, aesthetics, and air quality. We completed all reports within tight deadlines to exacting quality standards, resulting in a timely and ultimately successful planning application.
Solar To Hydrogen Scheme
Project: Solar To Hydrogen Scheme
Client: The Natural Power Company
We were commissioned by The Natural Power Company (Scotland) Limited to explore the development of a major solar power to hydrogen facility on a site in South Lanarkshire. The 50acre site will be capable of generating around 5MW of electricity, however, due to grid connection issues, most of this clean energy could not be exported to the electricity grid at this site. We were contacted by our client and listened to the issue he was facing and suggested we conducted a feasibility study to develop a hydrogen generation unit at the site alongside the solar units. The feasibility study came out favourably and we have now been commissioned to help progress the facility through planning.
Uist Heritage Centre
Project: Uist Heritage Centre
Client: Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
We were commissioned by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar as a part of a consortium with EKOS and Northlight Heritage to explore the feasibility of a heritage and Environmental Heritage Centre in Uist. The aim of this study was to explore the development a community lead facility to celebrate the history and present day life on the Island's Machairs. Our role was to research the palaeohistory of the Island of North Uist, document how the wider global climate has impacted on the local climate and assess the use of the local sediments in painting a picture between historic environment and local land use. The study suggested how life on the island may change as a result of Climate Change.
Custom House Quay
Jack Nicholas Course
Solar to Hydrogen
Uist Heritage Centre