Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is an integral part of the pre-planning stage of most major projects.
Properly managed EIA presents an opportunity to ensure design work is informed and in many areas enhanced by environmental and social considerations. Undertaken robustly and with appropriate engagement from stakeholders, EIA can also help to reduce the risk of costly programme delays from protracted planning negotiations or legal challenge.
Waterman is a market leader in this field, operating in all major sectors including; urban regeneration, waste, energy, minerals, industrial and infrastructure for both public and private clients. Waterman is able to balance technical rigour, editorial skill and commercially-minded project management to produce robust Environmental Statements that routinely withstand the scrutiny of leading legal professionals. We have tried and tested approaches to supporting a wide variety of application processes and have an enviable portfolio of previous projects. We work in partnership with the project team to develop practical and innovative environmental solutions and are proactive in co-ordinating the EIA process, whilst appreciating our clients’ wider commercial objectives.
Dedicated EIA teams are located in all our principal offices, offering a consistent high calibre service on projects from full co-ordination to individual technical support studies. Waterman is a Registered Environmental Impact Assessor Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, providing independent recognition of the quality of our EIA work.
We offer a bespoke, commercially-minded approach to projects, both large and small, offering advice at all stages from feasibility and planning through to design and implementation:
- Constraints and Opportunities Analysis
- Stakeholder Consultation
- EIA Screening and Scoping Studies
- Technical Assessment Studies
- EIA Co-ordination
- Preparation of robust Environmental Statements
- Determination Support and Negotiation
- Peer Review of Environmental Statements
- EIA Guidance and Training
- Public Inquiry Support and Expert Witness
With its breadth of technical, scientific and engineering know-how, Waterman provides an important contribution to shaping successful developments. We offer most technical services required for EIA in-house, thereby maximising efficiency. These include:
- Air Quality
- Built Heritage
- Ground Conditions and Contamination
- Landscape, Townscape and Visual
- Noise and Vibration
- Soils and Agriculture
- Waste Management
- Water Resources and Flood Risk