Environmental services

Our multidisciplinary environmental services team provide insights and digitally enabled solutions for sustainable critical infrastructure development and management across the whole asset life cycle. We work with our clients and their stakeholders to optimise the environmental and social value projects can achieve to meet wider client business expectations and deliver community benefits and net-zero solutions.

We enable sustainable critical infrastructure development and delivery across the whole asset life cycle to meet the net-zero challenge. We integrate sustainability into everything we do and utilise award-winning multidisciplinary teams and digital innovation to create value, efficiency and transparency. Our approach de-risks development through collaborative engagement and holistic thinking and, in so doing, builds inclusive wealth for our clients, stakeholders and communities.

We are experts at developing environmental impact assessments (EIA) as part of the consent process, often for complex and challenging schemes. These demonstrate that all reasonable efforts are being made to mitigate any adverse effects on people, communities and businesses. The socio-economic assessment in an EIA is often a crucial part of understanding the likelihood of broader, long-term impacts on the environment, people and communities. We ensure the extent and depth of appraisal is fit-for-purpose and prioritise detailed analyses for significant impacts, as required.

We are highly qualified in all aspects of environmental surveying, assessment, management, modelling, due diligence and stakeholder engagement. We work alongside our engineers as integrated teams to ensure compliance with the Habitats Directive; outside the UK, Habitat Regulations Assessments (HRA); and the Water Framework Directive and deliver environmental services, including

  • environmental impact assessment
  • strategic environmental assessment
  • nature-based solutions
  • environmental and social due diligence
  • planning and environmental consent applications and management.

In Derby, for the Environment Agency’s masterplan for the Our City Our River project, we completed the assessment of the impacts of the preferred design on the local human population as part of the Environment Statement. This used best-practice guidance to assess the sensitivity and magnitude of the environmental effects of the scheme. Our assessment identified mitigation measures and the significance of any residual effects.

For the Burton Washlands Landscape Vision, a 630-ha nature recovery and green infrastructure scheme, we unlocked an additional £2.7 million in hidden economic benefits, including air and water quality, amenity and health benefits, which attracted an extra £2.5 million in funding for nature recovery within three months of completing the valuation. Our roles included the valuation of natural-capital gains attributable to the masterplan proposals.

Sub-services

Archaeological and heritage services

Carbon and sustainability

Ecology and biodiversity

Environmental and social impact assessments

Habitat creation and management

Environmental economics

Stakeholder engagement

Landscape services

Binnies is part of the RSK Group of companies

RSK Group is a leading integrated environmental, engineering and technical services business offering bespoke end-to-end solutions to a variety of sectors. Headquartered in the UK but with an established presence throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, RSK helps organisations around the world achieve their business aspirations in a sustainable and efficient manner.