Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is an integral part of the pre-planning stage of most major projects.

In addition to being a legal requirement for projects that may have a significant impact on the environment, EIA represents an opportunity to review and enhance projects, by ensuring that environmental and social issues are appropriately considered within design. Undertaken proportionately, robustly and with appropriate engagement from stakeholders, the EIA will also assist with the delivery of the project by smoothing its progress through the planning process and reducing the risk of legal challenge.

Waterman is a market leader in EIA and environmental planning support, with experience across a wide range of sectors for both public and private clients. Our depth of knowledge along with a commercial and flexible approach allows us to successfully support clients on large-scale multi-disciplinary projects, small specialist commissions and everything in between. We approach each project objectively, developing a bespoke solution, to ensure a focus on the significant issues, whilst working in partnership with multi-disciplinary project teams to develop practical and innovative solutions to potential environmental constraints, to minimise potential environmental effects, and are proactive in co-ordinating and streamlining the EIA process, whilst appreciating and safeguarding our clients’ wider interests. Our extensive experience also ensures delivery of legally robust Environmental Statements (ES) that are proportionately scoped and commercially focused. Our teams are respected for their professional and friendly approach; our personal commitment fosters an excellent working relationship with clients and fellow consultants.

Waterman has been an IEMA EIA Quality Mark Registrant from inception in 2009, demonstrating our commitment to excellence in EIA, and ensuring consistent and audited quality. Our team of consultants are suitably qualified and experienced, meeting the ’Competent Expert’ requirements of the 2017 EIA Regulations. Our dedicated EIA teams are located across all regions of the country, offering a consistent service of EIA co-ordination from constraints and opportunities analysis, screening and scoping through to production of the Environmental Statement and post determination support. In addition to EIA, our team also apply their expert knowledge and skill to those planning applications where EIA is not required but a suite of technical studies is needed in support of planning. Waterman add value to this process by managing all technical inputs and providing a single point of contact, ensuring efficient communications, co-ordinated and commercially focussed advice to the project team, to deliver consistently and within programme.

We offer a bespoke, commercially-minded approach to projects, offering advice at all stages from feasibility and planning through to design and implementation. Being a full service environmental and engineering consultancy, Waterman can offer most technical services required in support of the planning process in-house, and have excellent relationships with ‘best in class’ specialist consultants on all other technical issues. This approach provides a more streamlined and efficient service than EIA providers that sub-contract all technical works, allowing far greater control over the timing and quality of the final delivered ES or suite of technical reports. With this breadth of technical, scientific and commercial understanding, Waterman provides an invaluable contribution to shaping successful developments for our clients.

Our project portfolio includes: Liverpool Cruise Liner Terminal, Battersea Power Station, Victoria Gate Leeds, Edinburgh St James, Brent Cross Cricklewood, Aberdeen Harbour Extension, Elephant & Castle, Heygate Masterplan, Stag Brewery, Three Elms Hereford, Old Oak Park, and Canada Water.

Our Projects

  • Elephant & Castle

    Waterman worked with Lend Lease to put forward planning applications to develop three areas of the £1.5bn Elephant and Castle regeneration project.

  • Victoria Gate

    Leeds has undergone many exciting regeneration projects in recent times, not least of which is Victoria Gate, part of the historic Victoria Quarter in the city centre.

  • Battersea Power Station

    Battersea Power Station is a residential led mixed-use redevelopment on a 39-acre site which includes the Grade II* listed Battersea Power Station.