20th Anniversary

It is always nice to get the opportunity to tell the story and particularly for a business 20 years on.

The aim with Temple was to create a consultancy service that was different. And to do this we needed to challenge all aspects of traditional thinking at the time to consider how best to meet the agility and responsiveness demanded by Clients particularly around large and complex projects. We (a group of 20 like-minded individuals) spent a good six months in 1996 discussing existing shortcomings in the marketplace and how these challenges could best be met. This led to the formation of Temple in January 1997. This in effect was a one stop shop of the best in class administered through one point of contact. It was formed as an umbrella organisation for widely respected and trusted consultants – the “Associate Network” and this allied with strong project management credentials (built largely on the back of major projects) became very persuasive with Clients and at the time this modus operandi was unique.

20 years on much has changed although the Associate model is still very much part of Temple’s DNA. Similarly, the dynamic environment at Temple means change is a regular theme and the agility and lean mantra has continued in the way we manage the organisation and also in the way we partner.

After 20 years, it is good to acknowledge the very special qualities of Temple which differentiate us from others in the market place, and these are as important now as they were in 1997. The core values we started out with are now articulated through “EPIC” and these are central to our operation and highly regarded by clients and staff alike. Of course, there have been challenges along the way but ultimately it has been a hugely rewarding journey not least the achievements and the significant legacy we have left behind on a myriad of high profile projects of which I (and the Temple team) can be very proud. Over the years, we have forged many close and long lasting friendships with clients, partners and others in the industry which has made the journey all the more enjoyable.

– Mark Southwood, Founder and Chair 

TEMPLE TIMELINE

1997

Temple begins trading

January 1997

Thameslink Programme, Railtrack (Network Rail), 1997 – 2005

Thameslink Programme

Services provided: Environmental impact assessment (EIA) and specialist services, environmental statement (ES), communication and consultation, sustainability, health impact assessment (HIA), transport and works Act orders (TWAO) support, expert witness, detailed design and construction environment management (CEM).

1997

HS1 / Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL), Various Construction JV contractors, 1997 – 2007

Services provided: Construction environment management (CEM), noise and vibration, air quality, ecology, surface and ground water.

1997

Temple’s first entry in the Ends Market Analysis

1997
1999

Staff

1999
2000

Associates

2000
"There was never a question of whether we could do something, just how we were going to do it."
Rob Adnitt, Adnitt Acoustics – Associate
2000
2001

Staff

2001
2003

DEFRA Noise Management Guide, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 2003 – 2004

Services provided: Policy guidance for local planning authorities (LPAs).

2003

Driving Excellence: Improving Sustainability Through Best Practice, 2003

2003

Stonehenge Visitor Centre Train Land, English Heritage, 2003-2005

Services provided: Strategic review and environmental appraisal.

2003
“Early 1990s TECL was my big break. Sure we all worked hard, but I was shaped by the consultancy “deep end” and learned so much about business. Two years I’ll never forget: meetings at the IoD and coach house; Mark’s drive and generosity; great team mates - and for me, the trains involved were simply transport!”
Pete Leonard, Technical Director, SLR Consulting
2003

Thames View, Harts Lane and Whiting Avenue Housing Estates and Chadwell Heath Cemetery, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham (LBBD), 2003-2007

Thames View, Harts Lane and Whiting Avenue Housing Estates and Chadwell Heath Cemetery

Services provided: Contaminated land managing agent.

2003
2004

Awarded IEMA Outstanding Rating for our work on the Thameslink programme

2004

Temple’s Christmas card, 2004

2004

Ground Investigation and Options Appraisal for Ince Central Housing Estate, Wigan, Wigan & Leigh Housing (WALH), 2004-2006

Ground Investigation and Options Appraisal for Ince Central Housing Estate

Services provided: Independent technical adviser.

2004

Network Rail Innovation Award for our work on the Thameslink programme

2004

M25 Rapid Widening from Junction 5 to Junction 6, Chris Blandford Associates/Highways Agency, 2004-2007

M25 Rapid Widening

Services provided: Air quality and noise assessment.

2004
2005

Temple is accredited the Bronze award for Investors in People in 2005 and has retained the award ever since

2005

Guestwick Wind Farm, Broadland District Council, 2005

Guestwick Wind Farm, Broadland District Council

Services provided: Expert review of planning application.

2005

Noise Mapping of Bristol & Bournemouth, Defra, 2005-2006

Services provided: Detailed noise mapping and reporting.

2005
2006

Associates

2006

Docklands Light Railway (DLR) Dagenham Dock Extension, Transport for London (TfL)/DLR Ltd, 2006-2008

Docklands Light Railway (DLR) Dagenham Dock Extension, TfL/DLR Ltd

Services provided: Environmental impact assessment (EIA) and specialist studies, sustainability statement, flood risk assessment, carbon footprint and public consultation.

2006

Staff

2006
2007

London 2012 Olympic Park Remediation Works, Halcrow Group, 2007-2008

Services provided: Contaminated land and audit.

2007

Heathrow Airtrack, CJ Associates (on behalf of Heathrow Airports Ltd), 2007–2009

Heathrow Airtrack, CJ Associates (on behalf of Heathrow Airports Ltd)

Services provided: Environmental impact assessment (EIA) and specialist topics, environmental statement (ES), sustainability statement, health impact assessment (HIA), communication and consultation.

2007
“Temple’s employees made it a great place to work. Cliché as it may sound, it really did (at that time) feel like a family. We were given responsibility, autonomy and allowed to grow- priceless experience for young professionals.”
Yaser Ali, former colleague
2007

The Shard, Teighmore/Mace Group, 2007-2012

The Shard, Teighmore/Mace Group

Serviced provided: Construction environmental management (CEM), specialist noise, vibration and air quality services.

2007
2008

Statutory Nuisance Policy and Practice, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), 2008-2013

Statutory Nuisance Policy and Practice, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Services provided: Technical adviser, statutory nuisance.

2008
2009

High Speed Two Phase 1, HS2, 2009 – Ongoing

Services provided: Appraisal of sustainability (AoS), environmental impact assessment (EIA), equality impact assessment (EqIA), health impact assessment (HIA), habitats regulations assessment, carbon assessment, communication and consultation, support to Hybrid Bill.

2009

Staff

2009
2010

Awarded the John Connell Silent Approach Award by the Noise Abatement Society for work on The Shard

 

2010

Our EPIC values

2010
2011

Norton Bridge, Network Rail, 2011-2012

Norton Bridge, Network Rail

Norton Bridge, Network Rail

Services provided: Environmental impact assessment (EIA) and specialist topics, environmental statement (ES), design development, consultation, carbon modelling, sustainability appraisal, CEEQUAL assessment.

2011

The Elizabeth Line (Crossrail 1), BAM-Ferrovial-Kier (BFK)/Costain, 2011-Ongoing

The Elizabeth Line (Crossrail 1), BAM-Ferrovial-Kier (BFK)/Costain

Services provided: Air and noise monitoring, environmental consenting, environmental management.

2011
“Life at Temple has been fun and rewarding for me. Mark and Chris have always provided lots of opportunities and support.”
Louise Dunkerley, former colleague turned Associate
2011
2012

Staff

2012

Thought Leadership: Why are Business Leaders Prioritising Sustainability? 2012

2012

London Overground Capacity Improvement Programme (LOCIP), Transport for London, 2012-2016

LOCIP, TfL

Services provided: Environmental assessment and management, town planning, ecology, noise, air quality, invasive species, contaminated land, construction environment management (CEM), GIS.

2012

High Speed 2: London to West Midlands, HS2 Ltd, 2012 – 2017

Services provided: EIA, ES and Petition Management support Temple as part of the ETM consortium (ERM, Temple and Mott Macdonald) led on the EIA for London and Country South, which represents over half the HS2 Phase 1 route. ETM subsequently helped prepare the ES to accompany the Hybrid Bill submission. This was one of the largest EIA undertakings not only in the UK but also Europe. We provided petition management support and worked on a number of undertakings and assurances. Royal Assent was successfully secured in January 2017. “… our thanks to … you in particular for the excellent support given to the Country South team as we worked our way through our petitioning process.” Neil Cowie, Area Manager Country South

Services provided: Appraisal of sustainability (AoS) and route optioneering.

2012
2013

Intelligent Mobility, Transport Systems Catapult (TSC), 2013 – 2014

Intelligent Mobility, Transport Systems Catapult (TSC)

Services provided: Strategy development, sustainability.

2013

Driving excellence: Proud sponsors of Construction Excellence Awards

2013
2014
2014

Associates

2014

Thought Leadership: Research on Potential Noise Impacts on the Historic Environment, 2014

2014

Driving excellence: The Infrastructure Carbon Review, 2014

2014
2015
2015

Greatest Contribution to London Award, ICE’s London Awards

2015

Barking Riverside, 2015 – 2016

Barking Riverside

Services provided: Environmental impact assessment (EIA), environmental statement (ES) and sustainability services.

2015
2015

Crossrail, Transport for London, 2015 – Ongoing

Crossrail 2

Services provided: Environmental design management, Environmental impact assessment (EIA) and specialist topics, GIS constraints analysis, environmental guidance and advice, sustainability services.

2015

Thought Leadership: A Clear Choice for the UK: Technology Options for Tackling Air Pollution

2015

Meridian Water, London Borough of Enfield, 2015 – Ongoing

Meridian Water, London Borough of Enfield

Services provided: Strategy development and change management.

2015
2015
2016

International Green Apple Award Environmental Best Practice for work on the Northern Line Extension

2016

The Wey & Arun Canal, The Wey & Arun Canal Trust, 2016 – Ongoing

The Wey & Arun Canal, The Wey & Arun Canal Trust

Services provided: Environmental impact assessment (EIA), environmental statement (ES) and ecology services.

2016

Look Out Award – IEMA

2016

Tower Bridge Redecking, City of London, October – December 2016

Services provided: Environment, planning and stakeholder services / infrastructure

2016
2017

Temple Team celebrating the 20th anniversary

2017
“What an extraordinary journey, such success on the UK stage. All testimony to the sheer hard work, commitment and tenacity of one man who put together an incredible team and built the successful company you see today.”
Amanda Pownall, Pownall Associates
2017
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Temple begins trading

In the mid 1990’s those requiring environmental and planning services had to choose between the convenience of a Multi-disciplinary and large consultants and the quality and economy provided by individual experts. Most of the latter had left the larger consultancies to provide a better, more flexible and responsive service to clients. Clients however found these arrangements difficult both in terms of procurement given onerous requirements and invariably it led to greater effort managing and coordinating the inputs from a myriad of consultants which could prove time consuming and problematic.

The aim with Temple was simple i.e. to create a one stop shop of the best in class and provide a single point of contact. This was done by creating an umbrella organisation for these trusted consultants, which became the “Associate Network” and this allied with our strong project management credentials, built largely on the back of major projects was persuasive with Clients at the time and unique.

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Thameslink Programme, Railtrack (Network Rail), 1997 – 2005

Thameslink Programme

Services provided: Environmental impact assessment (EIA) and specialist services, environmental statement (ES), communication and consultation, sustainability, health impact assessment (HIA), transport and works Act orders (TWAO) support, expert witness, detailed design and construction environment management (CEM).

The £5bn Thameslink programme includes a new viaduct between London Bridge and Blackfriars alongside new and improved stations to accommodate 12 car trains. The ES received an outstanding “A” rating for all elements from IEMA. The ES was delivered to a challenging timeframe and these provided the basis for consultation with some 60 stakeholder parties and informed the basis of 300 legal agreements to protect residents and businesses.

“The production of these reports has been an extremely thorough and structured process which has involved detailed input from a large number of specialists in a wide range of different fields.”

Roger Cooper, Network Rail

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HS1 / Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL), Various Construction JV contractors, 1997 – 2007

Services provided: Construction environment management (CEM), noise and vibration, air quality, ecology, surface and ground water.

The Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) has been defined by the scale of engineering challenges overcome and its unique financial partnership. Yet the environmental management of the project is a remarkable story of innovation, integration and restoration. Section One’s 74km route lies completely within the ‘Garden of England’. Apart from a relatively short section through the centre of Ashford, the route crosses undulating land rich in agricultural, ecological and landscape resources and holding an enormous archaeological heritage. Therefore, from the very beginning, care for the environment was a key factor in bringing forward the CTRL project.

Temple worked with 12 CJV contractors over a 10 year period covering around 80% of the route. We received a number of awards for construction excellence and secured significant project cost and time savings with our innovative and collaborative approach.

“They worked well under pressure, coping with the constantly changing major project environment… reports needed to be of a very high quality given the high profile nature of the project. They showed a high level of commitment and loyalty throughout the project.”

Ted Allett, Quality and Environment Director

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Temple’s first entry in the Ends Market Analysis

Temple’s first entry into the report is as follows:

Temple Environmental Consultants Ltd was formed in 1996 as a “networking organisation” which operates as one company “under the Aegis of a one-stop shop”.

The firm’s capability statement says that its aim is “to provide a consultancy service which reflects the highest professional standards at the lowest cost to the client and to ensure a responsive and committed workforce, where the onus is on delivering a cost effective service, tailored to meet the specific needs of each client.” The idea is that the company pits together the best team of individual consultants across the whole spectrum of environmental disciplines and coordinates the project on the client’s behalf. “Our services will generally cost considerably less than comparable expertise from a large multidisciplinary consultancy”, claims Temple. This is a direct result of low overheads, and is one response to a competitive market, which allows for potentially greater profitability.

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DEFRA Noise Management Guide, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 2003 – 2004

Services provided: Policy guidance for local planning authorities (LPAs).

 Temple consulted 387 LPAs and carried out a number of in-depth interviews and focus group meetings to determine how existing noise services were provided.

The Guide was published on the DEFRA website, and launched through workshops and seminars across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  The consultation draft published in 2003 was met with critical acclaim and was largely adopted in the final version published in 2006.

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Driving Excellence: Improving Sustainability Through Best Practice, 2003

CEEQUAL (www.ceequal.com) is the Assessment and Awards Scheme for improving sustainability in civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and the public realm.

Temple was a founder member in setting up CEEQUAL in 2003 and Mark Southwood sat on the board from 2011 to 2016. CEEQUAL is now part of BRE.

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Stonehenge Visitor Centre Train Land, English Heritage, 2003-2005

Services provided: Strategic review and environmental appraisal.

Temple carried out a review of land train systems operating internationally on behalf of English Heritage. The review included the environmental and operability of the various systems including the primary environmental impacts of air emissions and noise. We considered the various power trains available and advised on the acceptability of each system and appropriate mitigation measures.

We also assessed the noise and air quality impacts of the construction stage, contributed to the Construction Management Plan and negotiated appropriate guideline conditions with the LPA.

Utilising best available technologies Temple built simulation software models to determine the environmental performance of the proposed land train system and tested the impacts of specific mitigation measures.

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Thames View, Harts Lane and Whiting Avenue Housing Estates and Chadwell Heath Cemetery, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham (LBBD), 2003-2007

Thames View, Harts Lane and Whiting Avenue Housing Estates and Chadwell Heath Cemetery

Services provided: Contaminated land managing agent.

Temple developed contracts and specifications as required, completed the OJEC tendering process and selected firms that offered best-value to LBBD.  The Managing Agent was part of LBBD’s team bringing technical and project management expertise.  This resulted in effective project planning and controls (through the introduction of new and innovative procedures) to save time and money and to ensure deliverables met expectations and the authority benefited from the lessons learnt and experience gained on other contracts led by Temple. Our engagement led to enhanced trust with Council members and relevant committees and also the public given our formal “independent” observer role on all external communications.

“They were very proactive, helpful and efficient.”

M Collard, LB Barking & Dagenham

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Awarded IEMA Outstanding Rating for our work on the Thameslink programme

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Temple’s Christmas card, 2004

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Ground Investigation and Options Appraisal for Ince Central Housing Estate, Wigan, Wigan & Leigh Housing (WALH), 2004-2006

Ground Investigation and Options Appraisal for Ince Central Housing Estate

Services provided: Independent technical adviser.

Temple implemented a range of innovative approaches to engage with the local community to build capacity and ensure that a long term relationship could be developed between residents and WALH.

Our commission led to residents feeling more empowered, enhanced trust and more effective dialogue with WALH. Our understanding of inter-agency dynamics, our technical know-how, our ability to simplify complex matters and interpret technical jargon were highly significant in making a success of this assignment.

“Temple’s performance has been beyond excellent.  The people that I’m working with at the moment are fantastic.”

Ince Central Estate

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M25 Rapid Widening from Junction 5 to Junction 6, Chris Blandford Associates/Highways Agency, 2004-2007

M25 Rapid Widening

Services provided: Air quality and noise assessment.

Temple provided an assessment of the air quality and noise effects of the proposed scheme (from dual 3 to dual 4 lanes) for inclusion in an ES.

Baseline air pollutant concentrations and noise levels were modelled at sensitive receptors close to the proposed widening and to determine the future air pollutant concentrations and noise levels post scheme. Comparisons were made to the National Air Quality Objectives to determine whether these Objectives could be achieved.

Temple’s ability to respond promptly and provide a robust and critical overview of assumptions (including traffic survey datasets) led to an extended brief for the HA notably a review and auditing across the scheme .

 

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Temple is accredited the Bronze award for Investors in People in 2005 and has retained the award ever since

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Guestwick Wind Farm, Broadland District Council, 2005

Guestwick Wind Farm, Broadland District Council

Services provided: Expert review of planning application.

Temple provided a detailed review and assessment of the EIA carried out by the applicants to determine whether the assessment, including scoping, prediction of impacts, consideration of alternatives and its data was fit for purpose. Temple found the assessment did not meet best practice and advised the Local Planning Authority to refuse planning permission. Temple’s expertise and track record enabled the Planning Authority to make a robust and defensible decision on the proposed development.

Temple subsequently presented expert advice at the Public Inquiry. This ultimately led to a refusal of planning permission on environmental grounds.

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Noise Mapping of Bristol & Bournemouth, Defra, 2005-2006

Services provided: Detailed noise mapping and reporting.

The key aim was to gather information on the ambient noise climate in England and determine noise exposure data to identify relatively quiet areas and noise ‘hotspots’.

Temple with software developers ACCON delivered road noise maps as part of the Defra Noise Mapping project. Work included a detailed field-survey of noise barriers across two areas; GIS processing and analysis of detailed terrain, buildings and traffic survey datasets; and the development of detailed noise models.  The prompt delivery of a preliminary noise model allowed anomalies to be highlighted early and reruns were carried out with no impact on the overall programme.  This was one of the first noise mapping outputs to be completed in the Defra programme.

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Docklands Light Railway (DLR) Dagenham Dock Extension, Transport for London (TfL)/DLR Ltd, 2006-2008

Docklands Light Railway (DLR) Dagenham Dock Extension, TfL/DLR Ltd

Services provided: Environmental impact assessment (EIA) and specialist studies, sustainability statement, flood risk assessment, carbon footprint and public consultation.

This 6.5km extension of the DLR network in East London was proposed to extend from Gallions Reach in Newham to a new terminus at Dagenham.  Temple completed the specialist studies and delivered the EIA and ES as part of the TWO application to a challenging timescale.  Temple was engaged in consultation with statutory consultees and local communities and affected parties.   The scheme was deferred during 2008/09 and is now being progressed as an extension of the London Overground network at Barking Riverside.

“Their innovative approach, combined with their strong knowledge of key issues, allowed for the rapid turnaround of a very high quality report”

Karen Bain, Docklands Light Railway Ltd

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London 2012 Olympic Park Remediation Works, Halcrow Group, 2007-2008

Services provided: Contaminated land and audit.

Temple were appointed as part of the Verification Team for Edmund Nuttall.  Key responsibilities included streamlining the on-site laboratory chemical scheduling system to facilitate high-volume sample analysis, ensuring the efficient re-use of soils on-site and verification/validation data management, including reporting and interpretation of high-volumes of chemical data and contributed to the ‘Quality Control’ procedures for the same.

Our ability to quickly assess large volumes of technical data to ensure soils were appropriately managed, with minimal impacts to the construction programme was significant.  Temple also had responsibility for occupational health monitoring and assisted the contractor in the formulation of safe working practices for work in highly contaminated areas.

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Heathrow Airtrack, CJ Associates (on behalf of Heathrow Airports Ltd), 2007–2009

Heathrow Airtrack, CJ Associates (on behalf of Heathrow Airports Ltd)

Services provided: Environmental impact assessment (EIA) and specialist topics, environmental statement (ES), sustainability statement, health impact assessment (HIA), communication and consultation.

This Scheme was designed to increase public transport connectivity to Heathrow Airport via the construction of a new section of railway track from Staines to Terminal 5 alongside additional rail services from Waterloo to Reading and Guildford.

 “Temple prepared a high quality ES … using their detailed understanding of the TWA and EIA process.  Their experienced professional team played a proactive role in identifying the key environmental issues from the outset of the project, which enabled BAA Heathrow to manage effectively the risks and opportunities associated with the scheme”.

Mike Noakes for the Airtrack project

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The Shard, Teighmore/Mace Group, 2007-2012

The Shard, Teighmore/Mace Group

Serviced provided: Construction environmental management (CEM), specialist noise, vibration and air quality services.

This included the demolition of Southwark Towers and the construction of the tallest building in London notably 306m (72 storeys), comprising offices, a hotel, residential units and public viewing galleries.  The construction was extremely challenging both in terms of the timeframe and potential impacts given the close proximity of receptors.

Given these circumstances the outcomes achieved were remarkable the most notable being that key stakeholders were “underwhelmed” by the works and significant disruption to London Bridge Station, Guy’s Hospital and Borough Market was avoided. We ultimately secured 24/7 working for Mace with no material adverse environmental impacts.

“At all times they have been very helpful, professional and proactive”

Nigel Follows, Mace

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Statutory Nuisance Policy and Practice, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), 2008-2013

Statutory Nuisance Policy and Practice, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Services provided: Technical adviser, statutory nuisance.

Temple provided technical advice on all matters regarding statutory nuisance including noise, artificial light, odour, dust, and insects. The commission included technical guidance for local authorities as well as the contract management of a significant number of external research projects circa £5-10m/year contributing to government policy.  We also addressed parliamentary questions and supported inter-departmental advisory work on behalf of Defra.

Temple helped draft National Policy Statements under The Planning Act and a series of technical guidance documents including Odour Guidance and Environmental Permitting Guidance.

“We are pleased to be working with them due to their professionalism and knowledge and their interpersonal skills.  They are easy to work with and are open-minded and friendly.”

Defra

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High Speed Two Phase 1, HS2, 2009 – Ongoing

Services provided: Appraisal of sustainability (AoS), environmental impact assessment (EIA), equality impact assessment (EqIA), health impact assessment (HIA), habitats regulations assessment, carbon assessment, communication and consultation, support to Hybrid Bill.

Temple have been involved in HS2 since 2009, delivering a range of services for Phase 1 between London and Birmingham. The Scheme will provide increased capacity and much reduced journey times between London and the north of England, together with significant regeneration opportunities.

For Phase 1 we prepared and delivered the Appraisal of Sustainability (AoS) first with Booz Allen Hamilton and then the EIA for Euston, London and Country South in conjunction with ERM and Mott Macdonald – known as the “ETM” consortium). The EIA work led to us providing support to the HS2 Hybrid Bill, which gained Royal Assent in February 2017. The early work we completed as part of the AoS was an important part of HS2’s case against the legal challenge which ultimately went to the Supreme Court.

“… our thanks to … you in particular for the excellent support given to the Country South team as we worked our way through our petitioning process.”

Neil Cowie, Area Manager Country South

“Temple’s in depth knowledge of the various processes… their ability to work well and effectively with a wide range of interested parties including statutory authorities was important in HS2 Ltd meeting its first milestone.”

Manager, HS2 Ltd

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Awarded the John Connell Silent Approach Award by the Noise Abatement Society for work on The Shard

 

During construction of the Shard in London, Temple worked directly with Southwark Borough Council and construction company Mace to implement Noise and Vibration monitoring systems. This work enabled construction to continue twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and redefined construction techniques for “silent working”. Our innovative work and collaborative approach was recognised with a John Connell Silent Approach Award from the Noise Abatement Society in 2010.

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Our EPIC values

Temple’s EPIC values of ensuring we are Ethical, Personable, Innovative and Committed translate into tangible benefits for our clients through our work. EPIC related activities to engage staff and to support and demonstrate the EPIC values have been established within the company, for example:

 

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Norton Bridge, Network Rail, 2011-2012

Norton Bridge, Network Rail

Norton Bridge, Network Rail

Services provided: Environmental impact assessment (EIA) and specialist topics, environmental statement (ES), design development, consultation, carbon modelling, sustainability appraisal, CEEQUAL assessment.

This scheme was part of the £270m Stafford Area Improvement Programme and was deemed a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) and required a Development Consent Order. The scheme comprised a new grade separated railway junction on the West Coast Main Line north of Stafford, with associated highway improvements, major gas and oil pipeline diversions, deep cuttings, multiple bridge construction and watercourse diversions.

Working alongside Network Rail and Atkins, Temple identified some £18m of savings as a result of environment re-design and secured one of the highest CEEQUAL ratings for a major project.

“(Temple’s) help and dedication has gone above and beyond and is greatly appreciated!”

Michelle Wishart, Network Rail

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The Elizabeth Line (Crossrail 1), BAM-Ferrovial-Kier (BFK)/Costain, 2011-Ongoing

The Elizabeth Line (Crossrail 1), BAM-Ferrovial-Kier (BFK)/Costain

Services provided: Air and noise monitoring, environmental consenting, environmental management.

The Elizabeth Line will drive significant regeneration along the route and support the delivery of >57,000 new houses.  Farringdon will become one of the biggest transport interchanges in Britain with 140 trains per hour.

Temple are supporting Tier 1 contractors at Farringdon running tunnels, Paddington New Yard, Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road Stations. The nature of the work and the close proximity of sensitive receptors has made the work challenging.  Temple worked closely with key stakeholders and many innovative mitigation methods were deployed alongside real time processing and communication protocols to ensure potential noise and air quality impacts were mitigated effectively.

“… they added value by being very reliable”

BAM Ferrovial Kier Joint Venture

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Thought Leadership: Why are Business Leaders Prioritising Sustainability? 2012

This work was commissioned in 2012 by Temple Group, edie.net and Sustainable Business magazine.  It examined the current sustainability landscape to investigate where boardroom priorities actually are and how deeply embedded sustainability has become.

Read the full report here.

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London Overground Capacity Improvement Programme (LOCIP), Transport for London, 2012-2016

LOCIP, TfL

Services provided: Environmental assessment and management, town planning, ecology, noise, air quality, invasive species, contaminated land, construction environment management (CEM), GIS.

The award-winning £320m LOCIP scheme successfully delivered 5-car trains on the East London Line in November 2014 and North London Line in May 2015. The Project utilised innovative engineering techniques and exceptional project management to increase the capacity by 25% within just 20 months from TfL Board Approval.

Temple was the Environmental Advisor on the LOCIP, providing advice on all environmental impacts and opportunities, planning strategy and helping to ensure that sustainability was prioritised throughout the project and the delivery of consent conditions/assurances as relevant.

“Temple has worked on the LOCIP project … and in this time have performed excellently across all aspects of the environmental and sustainability remit.”

John Ryan, LOCIP

See the full case study 

 

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High Speed 2: London to West Midlands, HS2 Ltd, 2012 – 2017

Services provided: EIA, ES and Petition Management support Temple as part of the ETM consortium (ERM, Temple and Mott Macdonald) led on the EIA for London and Country South, which represents over half the HS2 Phase 1 route. ETM subsequently helped prepare the ES to accompany the Hybrid Bill submission. This was one of the largest EIA undertakings not only in the UK but also Europe. We provided petition management support and worked on a number of undertakings and assurances. Royal Assent was successfully secured in January 2017. “… our thanks to … you in particular for the excellent support given to the Country South team as we worked our way through our petitioning process.” Neil Cowie, Area Manager Country South

Services provided: Appraisal of sustainability (AoS) and route optioneering.

As part of the HS2 Phase 1 work we developed an entirely new AoS methodology to help to determine route selection and this approach was refined further as part of the Phase 2 work. The approach is based on Temple’s Sustainability Option Review Tool (SORTool) which enables rapid appraisal of GIS based and qualitative information in relation to different scheme options and provides a robust appraisal of environmental and community impacts. This work has informed the detailed route selection as announced by the Secretary of State on 17th July 2017. Work was completed with RSK.

Find out more about the work we’ve done with HS2 here

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Intelligent Mobility, Transport Systems Catapult (TSC), 2013 – 2014

Intelligent Mobility, Transport Systems Catapult (TSC)

Services provided: Strategy development, sustainability.

Transport Systems Catapult forms part of an elite network of technology and innovation centres established by InnovateUK. These organisations seek to capitalise on UK strengths and accelerate opportunities for UK companies. Temple supported the Catapult in establishing a sustainable business model and creating the new market for intelligent mobility and we designed and delivered on a suite of activities.

Our contribution included establishing the structure and organisation for the TSC Ambassadors programme; conducting an in-depth review of the potential market for intelligent mobility; and, designing the tendering process for TSC’s university partner programme, which was later put forward as a best practice exemplar for the Hauser review of Catapults.

Read more about our work for TSC here.

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Driving excellence: Proud sponsors of Construction Excellence Awards

These awards are run by Secbe (South East Construction Built Environment). They are widely acknowledged as an important partner to accelerate the revolution required to achieve the vision set out in the 2025 Industrial Strategy.
The awards focus attention on many of the most important issues for our sector. They recognise the very best companies, collaborators and projects to help inspire others.

Temple has sponsored the Sustainability award since 2013. This role has involved vetting applications, interviews and a judging panel day, followed up by a Sustainability Focus Group facilitated and hosted by Temple to ensure important initiatives are captured and disseminated amongst all interested parties. The latter has proved very popular and an important vehicle in setting a new benchmark for best practice.

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Thought Leadership: Research on Potential Noise Impacts on the Historic Environment, 2014

The work was commissioned by English Heritage in 2014.  The project included a literature search and scrutiny of existing methods for the assessment of noise impacts on heritage assets.

The output was a methodology for assessing the impact of aviation noise on the setting of heritage assets that could be part of the Airports Commission’s appraisal of their shortlisted proposals for airport expansion.

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Driving excellence: The Infrastructure Carbon Review, 2014

The Infrastructure Carbon Review (ICR) launched in 2013 provides the framework for action. The ICR identified the potential to reduce up to 24 million tonnes of carbon per year from construction and operation of the UK’s infrastructure assets by 2050 and achieve a £1.4bn saving. One of the ICRs main recommendations was the development of a Publicly Available Specification (PAS) to manage carbon in infrastructure based on emerging best practice. Temple, alongside 41 others – consultants, contractors and clients -has made a number of specific commitments over the last two years to help reduce carbon and reduce cost.

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Greatest Contribution to London Award, ICE’s London Awards

The London Overground Capacity Improvement Programme (LOCIP) was crowned with the ‘Greatest Contribution to London’ Award, supported by Boris Johnson, at the ICE’s London Awards 2015, held on 14th May 2014.

Read more here.

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Barking Riverside, 2015 – 2016

Barking Riverside

Services provided: Environmental impact assessment (EIA), environmental statement (ES) and sustainability services.

This is one of the largest planning applications in the UK to build up to 10,800 new homes at the Barking Riverside site. The application for developing 173ha of former industrial land includes a variety of community and social facilities e.g. schools, health care, retail and business / employment opportunities. The completed development will raise the population in the Borough by circa 15%.

Temple conducted an EIA with an accompanying ES and led a number of supplementary specialist studies to support the planning application, including the Sustainability Framework and Health Impact Assessment. Our in-depth understanding of the Scheme and planning system was invaluable during the negotiations to vary the existing consent.

Read the full case study here. 

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Crossrail, Transport for London, 2015 – Ongoing

Crossrail 2

Services provided: Environmental design management, Environmental impact assessment (EIA) and specialist topics, GIS constraints analysis, environmental guidance and advice, sustainability services.

Crossrail 2 is planned to deliver 200,000 homes and to add £102 billion to the UK economy.  It is the next major rail infrastructure programme in the South East due to be delivered by the early 2030s. Temple is working in partnership with Mott MacDonald, ERM and WSP I Parsons Brinkerhoff (“MTEW”) to deliver the EIA and ES. Currently we are engaged on environment and sustainability route options appraisal working with engineering design teams and Network Rail.  We are also advising on policy and related matters and providing communication and consultation support.

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Thought Leadership: A Clear Choice for the UK: Technology Options for Tackling Air Pollution

Temple conducted the research on behalf of the EIC. In 2015 this report was very timely given the recent UK Supreme Court judgement on the UK’s inability to meet the EU Pollution limits. Five technology scenarios were examined (modelled). The report demonstrated the impact some of these technologies could make and how policy might be reformed to enable this.
The use of Marginal Abatement Cost curves provided a compelling way to illustrate the relative costs and carbon reduction potential of the different technologies. The study clearly demonstrated how a range of different solutions could improve air quality in the short-term with further benefits through to 2030. It also found that NOx and PM10 emissions could be substantially reduced at little or no overall cost.

Read the full report here.

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Meridian Water, London Borough of Enfield, 2015 – Ongoing

Meridian Water, London Borough of Enfield

Services provided: Strategy development and change management.

Temple developed the Regeneration Framework for his £2.5bn redevelopment scheme comprising 83 ha and transforming the most deprived ward in the capital to a prosperous city region, creating opportunities for local people and attracting businesses on a global scale. It is the largest regeneration project in the borough creating up to 8,000 new homes and 3,000 new jobs.

Temple’s role involved addressing deprivation across the site to achieve the Council’s aims whilst presenting an attractive prospect for investment by a development partner. As part of a Change Management agenda we explored how environmental value and resilience, sustainable infrastructure and design, education and skills and digital, mobility and connectivity could underpin business growth and a new community, culture and healthy living. The approach brought together stakeholders from across the Council and within the local community.

Read the full case study here. 

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International Green Apple Award Environmental Best Practice for work on the Northern Line Extension

In 2016 a team comprising of Temple and colleagues from Ferrovial, Laing O’Rourke and TfL, attended the International Green Apple Awards at the House of Commons. Temple and this wider team’s air quality and noise monitoring for the Northern Line Extension was shortlisted for the Innovation Award. Temple has worked on this project since 2014. Read more here.

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The Wey & Arun Canal, The Wey & Arun Canal Trust, 2016 – Ongoing

The Wey & Arun Canal, The Wey & Arun Canal Trust

Services provided: Environmental impact assessment (EIA), environmental statement (ES) and ecology services.

This Canal is recognised as a national heritage asset. It runs through Surrey and West Sussex but much of the canal is no longer navigable. The Trust is working to restore the canal and reinstate the inland waterway link from London down to Littlehampton on the Sussex coast. Phase 1 of the Bramley link is the first of three phases which will connect the remainder of the restored canal to the National canal network.

Temple and The Ecology Consultancy (TEC) were appointed to undertake the EIA for the restoration of the Bramley Link Phase 1 section. Temple are providing a range of EIA specialist services including a socio-economics and community assessment, as well as a detailed ecological impact assessment involving species/habitat surveys.

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Look Out Award – IEMA

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Tower Bridge Redecking, City of London, October – December 2016

Services provided: Environment, planning and stakeholder services / infrastructure

After 12 months of careful planning and engagement with relevant parties, Tower Bridge was closed to traffic from 1st October until 23rd December 2016 to undertake essential maintenance to the decking and surfacing which was last refurbished in the 1970s. Works included major maintenance to the bridge lifting mechanisms, replacing and resurfacing the road and walkways, replacing expansions joints along the bridge and waterproofing of the brick arches.

Temple was appointed the Environment, Planning and Stakeholder Lead and was responsible for liaising with the London Borough of Southwark and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to ensure planning permission was in place prior to the works starting on site.

Temple also worked with the local authorities and Historic England to explain the extent of the works and provide robust justification to negate the requirement for a Listed Building Consent and ensure environmental consents were in place prior to the works.

We provided CoL and BAM Nuttall with stakeholder and community engagement support prior to and during the works.

Temple were proactive in managing the planning and listed building consents with LB Southwark, LB Tower Hamlets and Historic England allowing time to be saved in the planning process by identifying applicable permitted development rights and ensuring works could progress in a timely manner, without any delay to the programme and minimising the risks associated with such applications.

Janus Moorhouse, Contracts Manager, Bam Nuttall

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Temple Team celebrating the 20th anniversary

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