Hello and welcome, even with the mixed weather it really feels like spring is in the air. We’ve had frogspawn in our office pond for the last three weeks and the birds are looking for nest sites, so get those boxes cleaned out and put up!
In this issue, we look at some of our current jobs including the iconic Stadium for Cornwall which sees combined work from our ecology and landscape architecture teams.
We also look at how green space in towns is being transformed into wildflower havens, as part of our work with Cornwall Council’s 'Green Infrastructure for Growth' project.
We are always happy to offer advice and support, especially for challenging schemes. Please call our landscape architecture or ecology teams on 01872 245 510.
From all the team at Cornwall Environmental Consultants
Stadium for Cornwall
Design work is continuing on what will be one of Cornwall's most iconic building projects, the Stadium for Cornwall to be built on a site just outside Truro.
CEC was chosen to partner with engineering and professional services consultants WSP to deliver combined ecology, landscape design and arboricultural services.
Green Infrastructure for Growth (GI4G)
CEC has been working with Cormac as a key partner for Cornwall Council’s Green Infrastructure for Growth (GI4G) programme and the success of the project is now showing. The £3.5 million scheme is designed to bring nature into seven Cornish towns by improving existing public spaces in a way that benefits both people and wildlife.
New Chair for Constructing Excellence Cornwall Hub
Did you know that the Cornwall construction industry is worth £867m a year to the economy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and employs around 25,000 people?
Our Principal Landscape Architect Birgit Höntzsch is keen to champion the industry, especially with young people through her new role as Chair of Constructing Excellence Cornwall Hub (CECH).
Building with Nature
CEC now offers developments the ability to achieve a new benchmark for the design and maintenance of green infrastructure, in housing and commercial development.
Building with Nature has been designed to support the creation of high quality green infrastructure throughout the planning and development process. Green infrastructure includes parks, play areas, nature reserves and street trees, as well as rivers, ponds and other water features. CEC is a trusted consultancy delivering Building with Nature designs and Cornwall Wildlife Trust hosts a Building with Nature assessor.
Why do developments need the Building with Nature benchmark?
Opportunity to de-risk the planning process for new developments by following a quality standard
Helps to meet policy requirements
Potential to reduce objections from members of the public.
Improved outcomes for water management and public safety.
Works efficiently with nature to make the most of the opportunities on site to benefit people’s wellbeing, wildlife and the water environment.
Saving slow worms
CEC’s ecology team had a busy day recently when they saved not one, but twenty slow worms and three common lizards in a car park!
CEC had already been working on the design and planning stage for extending the Quarry Car Park at Rock, when we were tasked with carrying out an ecological watching brief on an area of dune which was due to be removed.
We would like to welcome two new joiners to the team, Antonia Mullaly our new Marketing Officer and Emma Savage, Business Administrator.
Emma previously worked within Cormac's road design section. She will be looking after a range of business related aspects of the company including managing CEC’s current Health and Safety, Quality and Environmental ISO Standards, ensuring these accreditation’s are met on an annual basis.
Antonia moves over from our parent company, Cornwall Wildlife Trust where she was working with the charity's Business Supporters.