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Bringing a New Look to a Famous Beachfront

29 September 2016

Bringing a New Look to a Famous Beachfront

 

The RPS team in Perth is proud to have been appointed to provide environmental consulting services on the state-led redevelopment program at Scarborough, which will be delivered by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) in partnership with the City of Stirling.

Image: MRA: Artist Impression – Just one of the Scarborough foreshore initiatives - integrated skate bowls, basketball court and climbing wall play facilities.

RPS will provide ongoing general environmental, coastal planning and management advice to the Scarborough Redevelopment project team throughout the design and delivery phases of the Public Domain works. RPS will be responsible for the provision of strategic environmental advice to the MRA in delivering a great Scarborough redevelopment.

RPS Technical Director, John Halleen, said the RPS project team is excited to be a part of this revitalisation project across WA’s most famous beachfront.

“Central to this role is our expertise and environmental advice enabling Scarborough’s revitalisation,” he said. “This includes enhancing environmental integrity by encouraging ecologically sustainable design, resource efficiency, recycling and water management.”

Scarborough is located approximately 14 kilometres from central Perth and is one of Perth’s major tourist destinations. The iconic Scarborough beach is recognised as a prime destination by international, national and local visitors.

The redevelopment area, comprising approximately 100 hectares of land, has been subject to a design and development in line with the Scarborough Master Plan (2015), with MRA working to finalise a new Redevelopment Scheme and Planning Framework presently. The Government and City of Stirling have combined to commit $75.4 million to revitalise the area as a beachside hub for all to enjoy, year round.

RPS looks forward to again working with the MRA following the recent Elizabeth Quay project.

 
Hornsea Project Two: World’s Largest Offshore Windfarm Approved

22 September 2016

Hornsea Project Two: World’s Largest Offshore Windfarm Approved

UK Government formally approves 1.8 GW offshore wind farm in the southern North Sea.

Image by Cliff Pullen.

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, awarded Development Consent for DONG Energy’s Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm on 16th August 2016. Hornsea Project Two will deliver up to 1.8 GW of low carbon electricity to around 1.8 million UK homes.

Hornsea Project Two comprises up to two offshore wind farms and will have a maximum of 300 turbines. The project is located approximately 90 km from the coast of the East Riding of Yorkshire, 50 km from the median line between UK and Dutch waters and once constructed, will cover an area of 462 km 2 – an area five times the size of Hull.

RPS successfully led the offshore and onshore EIA to support the application for Development Consent. RPS’ involvement included infrastructure planning services for the landfall as well as alternatives assessments, negotiations with statutory and non-statutory consultees and public consultation, and completion of the Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR), Draft Environmental Assessment and Final Environmental Statement. The offshore and onshore technical consultancy provided by RPS also included the comprehensive range of marine and terrestrial, human, biological and physical environment specialist topics. During the Examination, RPS further supported DONG Energy, providing responses to the Examining Authority’s questions, additional documents and expert witnesses.

 
UK Prime Minister Approves Hinkley Point C

15 September 2016

UK Prime Minister Approves Hinkley Point C

Theresa May has confirmed government approval for the construction of Hinkley Point C.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has today given the go-ahead for the new £18bn nuclear power station in Somerset to be constructed subject to some revised conditions.

The planned 3260MW plant is the first to be approved in the UK for over 10 years (since 1995). RPS provided planning and environmental advice to NNB Generation Company (a subsidiary of EDF Energy – France’s 85% state-owned leading power generation business) in support of the development.

RPS provided planning and environmental consultancy on the project across a number of disciplines. RPS was first appointed as planning and waste consultant for the project to prepare, submit and negotiate consent for the Enabling Works Project which permitted significant site preparation works prior to submission of the DCO application to the Planning Inspectorate.

RPS also provided planning and waste services as part of the preparation of the Development Consent Order (DCO) application. Additionally, they helped to develop the sustainability strategy and the Health Impact Assessment as well as providing support alongside the Environmental Impact Assessment process. RPS also attended and provided client support at the DCO hearings.

RPS’ involvement covered not only the plant site but also further associated development sites including freight handling locations and the refurbishment of the nearby Combwich Wharf.

As part of the instruction, a multidisciplinary team of RPS professionals developed detailed sustainability material to support the DCO application. Our role in this was to ensure that the sustainability statement submitted with the application was consistent with the aims of the UK’s National Policy Statement for Nuclear Energy and EDF’s corporate sustainability aspirations, as well as meeting wider stakeholder expectations. We worked closely with all parties to ensure that this was achieved to deliver an effective and sensitively balanced statement.

Former Energy Secretary Edward Davey granted DCO approval for the plant in 2013 when it made widespread news as the first nuclear power plant to complete the DCO application process under the new Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects regime set out in the Planning Act 2008.

The new power plant will sit alongside the existing Hinkley Point A and Hinkley Point B plants on the Somerset site which has been operational for 40 years. As a low-carbon power provider, Hinkley Point C will contribute significantly to the UK’s nuclear power programme – delivering around 7% of the UK’s electricity requirements. Through construction and operation phases it is also expected to create more than 25,000 jobs.

 
London City Airport Receives Planning Permission from UK Government to Major Expansion Plan

06 September 2016

London City Airport Receives Planning Permission from UK Government to Major Expansion Plan

London City Airport’s £344m expansion programme: the City Airport Development Programme (CADP) has been formally approved by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid.

Image: Pascall + Watson

The CADP includes the construction for 7 new aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway, new passenger terminal and pier to enable the airport to accommodate quieter, next generation aircraft and add more capacity. The project will also entail a substantial redevelopment of its dockside location with a new forecourt, offices, hotel, energy centre and car parks.

Once completed, the expansion will enable the airport to welcome 6.5 million passengers by 2025 and contribute £1.5 billion each year into the economy. The construction of the development will create 500 jobs and a further 1,600 jobs once completed.

RPS has provided environmental planning, impact assessment and sustainability services to London City Airport since 2006, including helping secure planning permission for an initial phase of expansion in 2009. RPS was presented with the ‘Best Environmental Initiative’ Award by the Airport Operators Association (AOA) in 2013 for its work with the Airport.

RPS, as lead environmental consultant, coordinated the highly complex EIA process to support the CADP planning application, as well as undertaking the health impact assessment (HIA), sustainability assessment and further technical assessments including ecology & biodiversity, flood risk, heritage, townscape & visual effects, lighting, contamination and waste, drafting the Construction Environmental Management Plan, and carrying out the BREEAM assessment for the new terminal buildings.

RPS provided Expert Witness support to the CADP Planning Inquiry held in March 2016, resulting in the positive and unequivocal recommendation by the Planning Inspector and the subsequent grant of planning approval by both Secretaries of State. RPS is currently engaged in managing the discharge of a range of environmental and technical planning conditions attached to the CADP planning permission.