Almondbank Flood Scheme gains a Green Apple Award

Stewart Parsons of Ellendale Environmental is delighted to have accepted an International Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice. Stewart accepted the Gold Award in the Building & Construction category with Ally Johnston of Balfour Beatty, on behalf of the Almondbank Project.

Stewart worked closely with Balfour Beatty as part of the onsite ecological and environmental management team providing advice and support which enabled the project to progress efficiently and gain recognition. During the project Ellendale undertook protected species surveys and mitigation, provided advice on silt management, liaised with consultees including SEPA and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and provided regular monitoring of the project as Environmental Manager.

The Almondbank protection scheme delivered by Balfour Beatty has seen a series of flood defences created along the River Almond and the East Pow Burn, with investment of around £14.7million in order to protect a community that has suffered a number of previous flooding occurrences.

This major project illustrates Ellendale Environmental’s expertise in providing advice which enables construction projects to continue uninterrupted, whilst ensuring the wildlife and habitats are protected, which protects their clients too.

As Ally Johnston, Balfour Beatty Project Manager explains, "The Ellendale Team have a good understanding of construction practices and the problems we can encounter on site. They proactively find solutions to both environmental and ecological constraints to allow the works to continue whilst protecting the environment and ensuring the contractor stays on the right side of the law. Ellendale provide a modern approach to ecology and environmental management, I would certainly recommend their services to everyone."  

Sam Hunter, Balfour Beatty Project Manager says: "Ellendale had a good working relationship with the Balfour Beatty team and were onsite when I became Project Manager. They have provided excellent environmental and ecological support throughout the project and assisted with mitigation to help increase biodiversity at the end of the project".

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John McTague