Acquisition and Appraisal

Acquisition and Appraisal

Acquisition and Appraisal

Early identification of the key risks and liabilities associated with a project or acquisition has a huge impact on their viability and success. That’s why we work with our clients from the earliest possible stage to pinpoint and mitigate these risks, maximising opportunity and delivering optimal results.

From land acquisitions, property investments and redevelopments through to corporate acquisitions and strategic infrastructure assets, we have a proven track record across all sectors both in the UK and internationally.

Underpinned by our cross-discipline collaborative approach, our diverse team provides leading-edge advice across a huge range of technical areas. Spanning environmental, climate resilience and health and safety through to technical constraints analysis for future investment considerations, we help our clients develop a thorough understanding of the risks and opportunities relating to any transaction.

We think differently, and our creative specialists are at the forefront of developing industry-leading risk management tools and methodologies, underpinned by our drive to find sustainable outcomes for our clients and communities. Our dynamic approach has seen our team establish a reputation as leading risk advisors throughout the financial and legal sectors, among many others.


Net Zero
& Sustainability

We ensure sustainability and net zero principals are embedded in every project at every opportunity.

& Appraisal

The ability to accurately assess the true value of any acquisition or asset is pivotal in the decision making process of any scheme.

Planning &

Exemplary designs need the best site teams to bring them to life, and we take great pride in helping you realise your vision.

Construction & Development

We cover all sectors and span all engineering and environmental disciplines, bringing the right expertise at each stage.

Operation &
Asset Management

Our in–house expertise provides you with a total solution to help you manage and operate your assets.


We recognise the need to optimise the value of your assets whether they are newly constructed properties or existing building stock.

Project Lifecycle Support

“Waterman provided strategic input on our Environmental Impact Assessment strategy. Tom Wells and his knowledgeable EIA team played a key role in the successful conclusion of our planning application with the London Borough of Hackney.”

Barry Rankin, Development Manager, Summix Capital Ltd

Key Services

Acoustics, Noise and Vibration.
Contaminated Land Advice.
Air Quality, Dust and Odour.
Flood Risk Assessment.
Sustainable Urban Drainage (SUDs).
Archaeology and Built Heritage.
Landscape planning and design.
Waste advice, permit and planning.
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
Corporate and Property Due Diligence.
Transport Modelling.
Sustainable Transport and Travel Plan advice.
Bridge Design.
Rail Engineering.
Health & Safety / Principal Designer.
Utilities and Infrastructure advice.

Geotechnical studies / investigations.
Structural advice / surveys and due diligence reports.
Building Services advice / surveys and due diligence reports.
Public Health advice / surveys and due diligence reports.
Smart Technology.
Vertical Transport.
Energy strategies and renewables advice.
Embodied Carbon studies, Operational Carbon and Whole.
Life Carbon, advice.
Circular economy and material passports.
Climate Resilience.
Sustainability Statements.
Energy Performance Certificates and NABERS Assessments.

Contact Us

Do you have a question or are not sure what department you need to contact? Give a brief explanation of your enquiry and we will try and point you in the right direction.

Featured Project

Graven Hill is a unique 187 ha development located just to the south of Bicester, Oxfordshire, and will become the UK’s largest self-build housing scheme.

Outline planning is in place for up to 1,900 new self-build homes, along with a new village centre with local amenities and employment space. The site will also accommodate 1,000,000 sq ft of commercial space and create up to 2,000 new jobs. The first ten self-build homes to be built were featured in Kevin McCloud’s Channel 4 series, Grand Designs in the summer of 2019.

Waterman was appointed in January 2013 to provide full engineering and environmental consultancy services to the project. Our ongoing involvement with the scheme includes ground engineering, land contamination and remediation, sustainable drainage and SuDS, highways and infrastructure, traffic and transportation, ecology, landscape, archaeology and heritage, air quality and noise.

“Waterman has played a key role in securing planning permission for this exciting development. We are now working closely with their team on the detailed designs for the site and developing the main infrastructure with the aim of the first plots becoming available in 2016.” Adrian Unitt, Operations Director, Graven Hill Village Development Company Limited.


Ground Conditions and Contamination
Our assessment has indicated that there is, surprisingly for a MOD site, very little ground contamination and there will be minimal remediation. This land contamination assessment has been undertaken in co-ordination with the geotechnical assessment to ensure efficient re-use of soils on site in a sustainable manner.

Ecology Advice
As an operational MOD base set in a large green estate, the site has a wide range of ecological interest, including specially protected wildlife species. Our ecology team has devised a Habitat Creation and Management Plan, in order to discharge ecological planning conditions. Working alongside our landscape colleagues, a mosaic of wildlife habitats will be created, combining retained hedgerows and woodland with new wetlands and areas of wildflower rich meadows.

Conservation and Heritage
Graven Hill was constructed in the 1940s as a MOD logistics depot. It is believed to have been the largest domestic military construction project during the World War Two and played a vital logistical role in operations such as Overlord (D-Day). Our teams have carried out comprehensive heritage building recording of all extant structures which included logistic hangars, air raid shelters and the Bicester Military Railway. We have also managed archaeological fieldwork, during which a Roman road was excavated, as well as artefacts from the Prehistoric, Roman, Medieval, and Post-Medieval periods, including evidence of World War Two Prisoner of War Camps.

Creating the Landscape
Our landscape team has played a key role in the design and co-ordination of the development to create a framework for placemaking for future residents. The landscape design has embraced an eclectic mix of traditional rural management techniques and contemporary solutions including the reinvention of military features, creative use of drainage systems and the development of urban lanes.