Many new build developments now require that a BREEAM (Buildings Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) sustainability appraisal is undertaken, which includes the category of Land use and Ecology. This involves the survey and appraisal of the existing flora and fauna of a site to allow comparison with projected post development species and habitats, taking into account proposed mitigation in the form of habitat conservation and landscaping.
We have undertaken the ecological component of BREEAM Assessments for a range of developments, including;
- Union Square Retail Centre in Aberdeen
- Office developments in Aberdeen and Portlethen
- Business park development at Aberdeen Airport
- School developments in Orkney, Turiff, Alford and Midlothian
- Industrial developments at Forres and Orkney
- Social housing in Aberdeen
- Hospital development in Thurso
- Leisure development in Banchory
- Health Centre development in Forres
Recommendations made by nes to increase post development biodiversity have included innovative forms of urban landscaping, including green/brown roofs and climber walls.
Plant specifications for brown roofs were drawn up for two office sites in Aberdeen, which included maritime grassland species native to the locality.