One definition of infrastructure is ‘the basic physical and organisational structures and facilities (e.g. buildings, roads, power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise’.
These features are responsible for 90% of the surface land-take (not including agriculture) on the planet and, as such, have a massive impact on ecological systems at every level. Infrastructure is our man-made environment, it is our human nest, and its development is controlled by the planning procedure.
Changing demands for expansion and the linear features of road, rail and pipeline developments frequently cause severance issues in terms of the ecological landscape. Our experience of handling such projects means that we are able to make clients aware of any potential pitfalls well in advance, minimising the risk to project delivery.
We have successful experience of co-ordinating large teams of surveyors over wide geographical areas, adhering to project deadlines and finding solutions to inevitable issues along the way. Our most senior staff have Expert Witness representation experience with regard to notable UK infrastructure projects.
All of our ecological staff hold Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) site cards, and are well-trained in health and safety for construction site work. Our staff are experienced in working collaboratively alongside developers, consultants and on-site with construction site workers. We can provide ‘Toolbox Talks’ and communicate effectively in everyday language about the purpose and process of our ecological work.
We have a high number of protected species licence holders within Quants, which means we do not have to subcontract for this service as many consultancies do. This means we can react at short notice to specific requirements, and provide a high level of service and continuity of delivery for our clients.