Eight Associates was commissioned to provide ecological evidence to satisfy a planning condition relating to the protection of bats, in support of the planning application for the development of a new Sports and Sciences Building on the main campus of Brighton College.
Eight Associates carried out an inspection of the buildings and trees on the site to determine the potential for bats roosting on site, and Dawn and Dusk bat activity surveys in line with best practice.
A single dusk detector survey was sufficient to conclude the likely absence of roosting bats from those buildings defined as less than low bat roost potential. A number of buildings and trees with several suitable bat access and bat roost features were defined as having low, medium and high bat roost potential. In accordance with published guidance, these were subject to two separate detector surveys in order to reliably and robustly confirm the presence or likely absence of roosting bats.
We were able to conclude that roosting bats were likely absent from site. Precautionary recommendations were made for the provision of replacement roosts, bat-friendly planting within the re-development and also measures to minimise external lighting. These demonstrated that all reasonable effort was made to avoid breaking the law and avoid undertaking any works that will affect roosting bats. It also allowed the site to maintain its value to support roosting and foraging areas for bat species that are currently present in the area.
Eight Associates worked closely with the College and Planning consultant to meet the strict planning deadline in place for the planning decision. Planning was granted within the desired timeframe and delays to construction averted.
"Eight Associates has rapidly become the 'go to' consultancy for all our ecology and arboricultural requirements. Each member of this friendly team has impressed us with their expertise, pragmatism and efficiency. The professional, 'fuss free' services mean we can turn projects around very quickly for our clients, which is critical for our business."
Andrew Brooks Development Manager at Lumiere Property
"Our experience of working alongside Eight Associates on a variety of projects is of a professional and progressive company. Clients benefit from an efficient multidisciplinary approach, that provides a very effective service to developers, architects, institutions and property owners in relation to their environmental, ecological, planning and sustainability matters."
Jason Mills Writtle Forest Consultancy Ltd.
"Eight Associates is a lovely company to deal with and I recommend with enthusiasm anyone who would consider them. They are diligent and professional, usually actioning before their deadlines – great team players."
Steve Reynolds Director, Thornton Reynolds Engineering Consultancy
"Eight Associates approaches sustainability in a holistic way and consider a range of sustainability factors and their interdependencies. They offer multiple services under one roof, which is like gold for clients, saving time, providing clear communication, and preventing the usual back and forth and mixed messages"
Ignacio Escobar Tarmac
"We have utilised the services of Eight Associates several times now and found them to be professional, approachable and friendly. They understand the requirements and demands of BREEAM assessments and have helped us early on at design stage to ensure that our construction projects achieve the required rating. A key part of compiling the evidence is a prompt and efficient review which they deliver consistently. I look forward to working with Eight Associates again in the future."
Mark Lockitt M&E Services Manager at Buckingham Group Contracting