Environmentally Sustainable Systems Ltd, trading as ESS Ecology, has provided public and private sector clients with surveys of protected species, habitats and vegetation in support of planning applications, ecological impact assessments, Environmental Impact Assessment chapters and BREEAM Assessments.
ESS Ecology helps developments proceed smoothly, whilst contributing to sustainability, fulfilling the requirements of planning and nature conservation legislation, and maximising BREEAM credits. Our early involvement in projects helps identify constraints and incorporate benefits solutions at design stages, avoiding the need to amend your project design around ecological constraints and preventing costly delays in the project schedule. By listening to our clients’ individual needs from the outset and maintaining regular contact with all relevant members of the project team we provide a fully tailored cost-effective service.
We understand the importance of working to strict deadlines and within tight budgets, and can be flexible in responding to changing circumstances. However, because protected species, bird and other ecological surveys are almost always seasonally constrained, contacting us early on in the development process will help you ensure that all required surveys are completed at the correct time, and that development is not delayed, in extreme cases having to wait until the following year. Use our contact form to request our seasonal survey planner to help you plan your commissioning of key ecological surveys.
ESS Ecology have worked on several high profile health, education and housing sector construction projects, including the new Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service Centre within the campus of Heriot-Watt University, the new Roodlands Hospital east of Edinburgh, and the West End Medical Practice premises within the grounds of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh. On these projects we have provided pre-development appraisal of ecological constraints and opportunities, habitat and protected species surveys required for planning applications, and advice and reporting to maximise BREEAM Land Use and Ecology credits and fulfil planning conditions during construction.
BREEAM is a globally recognised method for assessing the environmental design and performance of buildings. It is the UK’s property and construction industry standard for sustainable design and in evaluating for certifying developments in terms of their environmental performance. Our Director Paul Gill has been helping the Building Research Establishment (BRE) apply their Strategic Ecology Framework to revise and update the Land Use & Ecology sections of all new BRE standards. The Land Use and Ecology section of BREEAM assessments can gain developers and building owners and managers extra credits towards a BREEAM Assessment without significant cost increases and could mean the difference for example between a “Very Good” and “Outstanding” rating.
What ESS Ecology can do for you:
- Carry out all required habitat, bat, protected species and bird surveys, cost-effectively and at correct times
- Fulfil all planning and nature conservation legislation requirements
- Write clear and concise reports which identify solutions to any constraints or problems arising
- Provide input to general design principles and master-planning
- Respond to and resolve any ecological issues the council, statutory consultees or regulators may raise
- Provide specialised ecological input for Land Use and Ecology BREEAM Assessments
- Map and quantify native plant species to determine ecological value of site for BREEAM credits
- Advise on and implement habitat protection and enhancement to overcome constraints, add BREEAM credits and benefit design
- Be available during construction to provide toolbox talks and expert advice to your Lead Contractor to ensure ecological planning conditions and BREEAM commitments are observed and relevant species, habitats and trees are protected from damage
- Provide advice on and input to written landscape and habitat management plans
- Provide a “Suitably Qualified Ecologist” to help maximise your credits under Land Use and Ecology for BREEAM assessments
If you would like further details on our services, projects and reports please fill out our contact form.