INNOVATIVE METHODS TO RECREATE SPECIALIST HABITATS
Project Bow Common Gasworks Client St William Homes LLP Service Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environmental Statement (ES) Project Period April 2019 – Present Location Tower Hamlets

Project outline

The Proposed Development was a redevelopment of a former gasworks site to deliver residential, business, retail, a 6-form school, assembly, and leisure uses and over 1.9 hectare of public open space.

The site comprised of a partially remediated gasworks with limited access, complex ecology and a number of surrounding sensitive receptors including the adjacent Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park.

Our Services

Temple was appointed to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and coordinate the preparation and delivery of an Environmental Statement (ES) for submission as part of the planning application. As well as EIA Coordination, Temple authored specific EIA Specialist topics chapters such as, socio-economics, air quality, noise & vibration and ecology.

Our Approach

The experienced EIA team were responsive to the client’s needs, identifying risks and suitably managing them early on in the project.

Innovative methods were developed to recreate specialist habitats throughout the scheme and on green roofs to encourage the colonisation by species of importance (small blue butterfly & calcareous grasslands) located on the adjacent nature reserve.

This project required a flexible approach from the EIA team to efficiently manage and deal with changes to project scope without delay to project submission. Learning from similar projects helped us to proactively address issues to do with site access, multi-phase remediation processes, construction scenarios, ecology, and noise and overheating.

Our Value

Our experienced EIA team and multitude of in-house specialists were responsive to the client’s needs and the complexity of the proposed development site. We identified risks and suitably managed them early on in the project.

Early engagement between noise and overheating specialists allowed early identification of potential issues in the design lifecycle allowing greater time to develop appropriate mitigation and acceptable design solutions.

Early assessment of overshadowing on the adjacent local nature reserve led to reduction in building heights on the northern boundary to reduce the potential for effects.

This enabled Temple to deliver the ES and standalone documents to support the application on time and to the expected high standards.

Residential Homes 1,450
Public Space 51%

Client Testimonial

“Outstanding service all around. Clear and regular communication from all members of the Group and an intuitive and pragmatic ‘solution focused’ approach.”

Tristan Payne, Development Manager, St William Homes LLP

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Key Contacts

Charlie Irwin Principal Consultant - Environment
James Sanders Director - Environment & Planning
Mark Teasdale Senior Director - Socio Economics
John Fisk Associate Director - Noise & Vibration
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