No Content Set
Exception:
Website.Models.ViewModels.Components.General.Banners.BannerComponentVm

Services

Technical services and consulting solutions for clients in the property, energy, transport, water, resources, defence and government sectors.

Advisory and management consulting

RPS advisory and management consulting services for businesses and projects, including economics, due diligence, transaction advisory, ESG and more.

Communications, creative and digital

Communications, creative and digital solutions for governments and businesses including community engagement, design, research, data and software development.

Laboratories

Scientific analysis services for AgroScience, food safety, workplace exposure, environmental metrics and contaminants of concern in Europe and the UK.

Planning and approvals

Development strategy, planning and approval solutions for buildings, infrastructure, transport and city projects and investments.

Project and program management

Project management solutions for the most complex building, infrastructure, organisational change, and systems projects.

Training

Specialist training services, programs and accreditation for health, safety and risk, project management, and energy sector capability development.

Sectors

World-leading technical and consulting solutions for clients in the property, energy, transport, resources, water, defence and government sectors.

Property

Design, technical and advisory services for the property sector, including residential, commercial, retail, industrial, health, education and data centre projects.

Energy

Energy exploration, development and optimisation solutions for renewables, power and gas networks, energy storage, oil and gas and nuclear facilties.

Transport

Smart, safe and sustainable transport infrastructure development services and advice for rail, aviation, port and road clients and projects.

Defence and government services

Expertise for defence capability and infrastructure investments, security and safety projects, and information and telecommunications initatives.

Water

Discover our industry-leading strategy, design and management solutions for wastewater, groundwater, flooding, drainage and network infrastructure.

Resources

Commercial data, design advice and technical management solutions for safe and environmentally responsible resource exploration and operations.

About us

Responsibility

Services

Technical services and consulting solutions for clients in the property, energy, transport, water, resources, defence and government sectors.

explore Services
Advisory and management consulting by RPS

RPS advisory and management consulting services for businesses and projects, including economics, due diligence, transaction advisory, ESG and more.

Due diligence

Economics

Strategy and transformation

Commercial advisory

Transaction advisory

Project investment and finance

ESG consulting

Deal advisory

Explore Advisory and management consulting
Communications, creative and digital

Communications, creative and digital solutions for governments and businesses including community engagement, design, research, data and software development.

Communications and engagement

Creative, visualisation and immersive design

Social advisory and research

Data management, analytics and insights

Spatial intelligence and GIS

Software development

Explore Communications, creative and digital
Design and development

Technical and consulting services for buildings, infrastructure and cities including architecture, engineering, surveying, landscape architecture and urban design.

Architecture

Lifts and escalators

Building services engineering

Civil engineering

Fire engineering

Geotechnical engineering

Landscape architecture

Structural engineering

Surveying

Utility options and design

Urban design

Explore Design and development
Laboratories

Scientific analysis services for AgroScience, food safety, workplace exposure, environmental metrics and contaminants of concern in Europe and the UK.

AgroScience analysis

Food safety analysis

PFAS Analysis

Environmental analysis

Analysis of unknowns

Workplace exposure analysis

Explore Laboratories
Planning and approvals

Development strategy, planning and approval solutions for buildings, infrastructure, transport and city projects and investments.

Planning consultancy

Transport planning

Explore Planning and approvals
Project and program management

Project management solutions for the most complex building, infrastructure, organisational change, and systems projects.

Program management

Project management

Cost management / quantity surveying

Building consultancy

Explore Project and program management
Training

Specialist training services, programs and accreditation for health, safety and risk, project management, and energy sector capability development.

Health, safety and risk

Training: project management

Capability development and training for the energy sector

Explore Training

Sectors

World-leading technical and consulting solutions for clients in the property, energy, transport, resources, water, defence and government sectors.

explore Sectors
Property

Design, technical and advisory services for the property sector, including residential, commercial, retail, industrial, health, education and data centre projects.

Residential

Commercial and retail

Leisure and tourism

Industrial

Health and healthcare

Education

Data centres

Explore Property
Energy

Energy exploration, development and optimisation solutions for renewables, power and gas networks, energy storage, oil and gas and nuclear facilties.

Oil and gas

Renewables

Nuclear facilities

Power and gas networks

Storage

Explore Energy
Transport

Smart, safe and sustainable transport infrastructure development services and advice for rail, aviation, port and road clients and projects.

Rail

Aviation

Ports

Roads

Explore Transport
Defence and government services

Expertise for defence capability and infrastructure investments, security and safety projects, and information and telecommunications initatives.

Defence

Security and safety

Information and telecommunications

Explore Defence and government services
Water

Discover our industry-leading strategy, design and management solutions for wastewater, groundwater, flooding, drainage and network infrastructure.

Water management

Wastewater

Flooding and drainage

Groundwater

UK and Ireland regulated water asset management

Explore Water
Resources

Commercial data, design advice and technical management solutions for safe and environmentally responsible resource exploration and operations.

Mining

Waste

Explore Resources

Projects

We define, design and manage projects that create shared value to a complex, urbanising and resource-scarce world.

explore Projects

Brilliant minds finding solutions to complex problems, made easy to understand. Making complex easy.

Brilliant minds finding solutions to complex problems, made easy to understand. Making complex easy.

explore Insights

The new Air Quality Positive Guidance: What does it mean?

The London Plan 2021 Spatial Development Strategy for Greater London, strives to improve air quality in the capital by introducing a new requirement for larger developments to be Air Quality Positive. Kathryn Barker sets out what an Air Quality Positive Statement is, and how developers can ensure that their developments are Air Quality Positive.

07 March 2023 | 2 min read
Kathryn Barker
ON THIS PAGE
Contact us

What is an Air Quality Positive Statement and when is it required?

An Air Quality Positive Statement is required for masterplans and development briefs for large-scale development proposals, subject to Environmental Impact Assessments. Air Quality Positive Statements set out how benefits to local air quality have been considered in the design of a scheme, where the evidence for this is and how these measures can be secured.

As the statement needs to summarise the air quality considerations undertaken, it's important to get an air quality consultant involved in your scheme during the design stage. Air quality consultants can advise on ways to reduce both the future occupants’ exposure to poor air quality, and the development’s impact on air quality.  

Better Design and Reducing Exposure
•	Can more sensitive land uses be placed in less polluted parts of the site? 
•	Is the location of any green infrastructure appropriate? Poorly placed green infrastructure can in fact worsen air quality.
•	Will the building design help aid dispersion or will it trap pollutants?
Reducing Building Emissions
•	Can a zero or low emission energy system be installed?
•	If not, where should the point of emissions be located to avoid exposing people to harmful pollutants?
•	Can the development be connected to an existing heat network? Or will the development generate any excess heat that can be used in the surrounding areas beyond the site boundary?
Reducing Transport Emissions
•	Can the amount of cycle parking go beyond the London Plan Policy?
•	Can road layouts be altered to give pedestrians and cyclists priority?
•	Are cargo cycles facilities and micro-consolidation services feasible for the site?
Innovation and futureproofing
•	Are there any innovative approaches or technologies that can be implemented to improve air quality for occupants or surrounding land users?
•	Can the scheme be designed to be flexible e.g. built to allow easy connection to a future district heating network?
•	Where parking is provided, can provision be made for extra electric vehicle charging to allow for future demand?

How can we help?

The list of questions above are just a starting point to drive the discussion forward. There are many more exciting ways that a development could help improve air quality.

The key to identifying new and innovative ways to improve air quality is through collaboration with other members of the project team, such as transport consultants, planners, architects, EIA coordinators, energy and sustainability experts. The aim should be to ensure that a development will not only avoid worsening air quality, but it will also help to improve it.

Over the last year we have prepared Air Quality Positive statements for residential developments and a data centre using the draft guidance. We are excited to use this experience to collaborate with project teams to help advise developers so that developments can have a positive impact on air quality.  

For more information on the guidance or to speak with an RPS expert, please contact Kathryn Barker.