Friday, 6th March 2015

Temple & TEC win contract to undertake an EIA for Wey and Arun Canal

For immediate release
February 2015 – London

Temple and The Ecology Consultancy win contract to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for Bramley Link Phase 1, Wey and Arun Canal

Temple and The Ecology Consultancy (TEC) have been appointed by the Wey and Arun Canal Trust to undertake the EIA for the restoration of the Bramley Link Phase 1 section of the Wey and Arun Canal near Guildford, Surrey.

The Wey and Arun Canal, which is recognised as a national heritage asset, runs through Surrey and West Sussex in Southern England. However, 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 TEC will be providing a range of services including; EIA management, noise and vibration, air quality and a socio-economics and community assessment, as well as detailed ecological impact assessment involving species/habitat surveys.

Temple brings important EIA and consenting expertise to the Project, as well as experience working with charitable trusts. TEC previously worked with the Canal Trust on the Bramley link restoration, undertaking a preliminary ecological appraisal, and is well placed to update and expand on this work. The previous survey work informed the Scoping Assessment and ultimately shaped the scope of works for the EIA process. Work on the EIA will commence in early March.

Temple’s Project Director, Peter George, said “we are delighted to have been appointed by the Wey and Arun Canal Trust to support the restoration of this important heritage canal. We believe the novel and innovative CSR approach was an important determinant in the decision. The canal will provide significant tourism, recreation and educational benefits to the local community and we look forward to helping the Trust achieve its ambition of reinstating this important waterway.”

Notes for Editor

Temple Group Limited (Temple) is a leading environment, planning and sustainability consultancy in the UK.  Temple’s commercially minded people deliver specialist advice to infrastructure and development clients on the most challenging and complex projects to the very niche. Established in 1997, Temple has grown rapidly in recent years and is now one of the UK’s 25 largest environmental consultancies.

The Ecology Consultancy, Temple’s sister company, is a specialist consultancy, established in 1999, offering client focussed services built on decades of experience coupled with solid expertise offered by a team of 50+ ecologists from offices in London, Norfolk, Sussex and Scotland. The Ecology Consultancy provides expert survey, assessment and advisory services on ecology and green infrastructure.

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