A Green Light for Green Infrastructure at Burton Washlands

Binnies has received planning consent for its award-winning proposals at Burton Washlands, thus providing a green light for the delivery of key enhancements close to the town centre. East Staffordshire Borough Council’s Deputy Leader, Councillor George Allen, stated, ‘This is fantastic news – these improvements really demonstrate the benefits and value that green space can provide for people and nature.’

Binnies, an RSK company, working closely with East Staffordshire Borough Council, the Environment Agency and other local partners, developed a new shared vision for the flood plain in the heart of Burton upon Trent (see Story Map here: http://www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/washlands-project). This work, developed alongside our delivery of Burton’s improved flood defences, sought to maximise the benefits of this 630-ha green infrastructure resource by restoring a more a naturalistic landscape with increased biodiversity and wetland habitats while providing improved public access to high-quality nature.

In addition to developing the concepts and vision, Binnies’ assessed the benefits in terms of natural capital, thereby quantifying and monetising the economic value benefits as £2.66 million. Three months later, £2.5million of partnership funding had been secured for delivering the enhancements. The work won the 2018 Landscape Institute Award for local landscape planning and led to Binnies being reappointed by East Staffordshire Borough Council to support the delivery of the first phase.

Burton Washlands

Binnies’ landscape architects will continue to lead the work through the construction phase, which will see the creation of boardwalks, ponds and swales, wildflower meadows, a naturalistic new play area and public-realm works to improve connections between the town and the washlands. Binnies’ Landscape Architect, Heather Reed, observed, ‘Achieving planning consent, and with no objections, is a key step for us. There is still plenty to do and we will have to time the work carefully around flood risk, but, fingers crossed, it should all be completed on the ground during 2022.’

Binnies provides a full range of landscape services from landscape planning and assessment through to detailed design and contract management. With a strong focus on green infrastructure planning, our landscape architects work closely with our environmental economists and ecologists to develop nature-based solutions underpinned by natural capital assessments and valuations.

About Binnies

At Binnies, we create new possibilities for humanity through our innovative approach to delivery. Backed by a culture that has stayed true since the company’s founding over 100 years ago, Binnies develops intelligent water and environmental solutions using a whole-life-cycle approach to deliver functional infrastructure and lasting environmental and social legacies. We strive to elevate the quality of life for our local communities today and for generations to come.

Binnies is an RSK group company and was formerly part of Black & Veatch.

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About the RSK group (RSK)

RSK is a leading integrated environmental, engineering and technical services group made up of over 100 businesses. The group is headquartered in the United Kingdom and has an established presence in more than 40 countries around the world.

For over 30 years, RSK has been helping organisations realise their business goals efficiently, cost-effectively and with the minimum environmental and social impact. We deliver practical solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time. As a client-focused business, our services are constantly evolving to directly respond to or pre-empt global conditions and legislative drivers.

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