ASH complete detailed landscape design for Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route Fastlink

The Atkins/CH2MHill (Halcrow) Design Joint Venture (DJV) appointed ASH to give professional support during the detailed design and construction stage of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, Balmeddie to Tipperty DBFO project on behalf of the successful tenderer, Connect Roads. Working on the southern section of the proposed road (the “Fastlink” to Stonehaven), ASH was pleased to supply detailed design services relating to environmental mitigation including soft landscape, the incorporation of environmental barriers and advice on the integration of ecological mitigation measures such as mammal underpasses and deterrent fencing. The detailed design work was completed in December 2015. We have enjoyed working with the DJV and our other fellow team members on this exciting commission, which  builds on ASH’s already extensive highways experience over the past 25 years in both Scotland and England.

Planning Permission Granted for Gass Wind Farm

ASH are pleased to be involved with the Gass wind farm project near Glenluce which gained consent from Dumfries and Galloway Council in August 2015.

ASH were employed by SgurrEnergy on behalf of WilloWind Energy to provide landscape and visual assessment and advice for the development in April 2012.

Following initial review of the likely landscape and visual effects, ASH were asked to carry out a design exercise to revise the layout in order to minimise visual effects from key receptors. The design exercise involved careful consideration of how the project would combine with a significant number of other built and consented developments within the adjacent landscape area. ASH were able to propose an improved layout and this revised proposal was then taken forward.

Cumulative assessment comprised a key part of the LVIA for this project due to the existing baseline framework of development. Other key activities involved a detailed visual assessment of properties and routes and a detailed local landscape character study. ASH also undertook liaison with Dumfries and Galloway Council and SNH to agree the scope of assessments and viewpoints.

ASH appointed by Scottish Power Energy Networks as Lead EIA Consultant

ASH are delighted to announce our appointment by Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN), as Lead Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Consultants under a Framework Agreement.

The Framework Agreement is focussed on SPEN’s portfolio of transmission projects and will allow ASH to continue to provide EIA services in the Grid Connection and Infrastructure sector. This is a sector within which ASH has worked continuously over the last decade, and helped gain consent for a number of new overhead lines and substations. We are experienced in optioneering and route and site selection, as well as carrying out consultations with key stakeholders and decision makers.

Read more about ASH’s involvement in the Grid Connection and Infrastructure sector.

Planning Permission Granted for Tangy Repowering Project

We are delighted that Argyll and Bute Council have granted planning permission following our client’s application to ‘repower’ Tangy wind farm, near Campbeltown.

The proposal will use 15 modern wind turbines, with tip heights up to 125m above ground level, to replace the 22 smaller turbines already on the site. In doing so, it will almost double generating capacity and give a new installed capacity of 36.8MW.

ASH was involved in an earlier extension to the Tangy site in 2004 and were commissioned again in 2013 to give landscape and visual advice on the site’s potential for extension and repowering. Following initial feasibility studies and constraints advice, our landscape architects helped to design the layout of turbines, undertook necessary assessment and prepared the subsequent chapter and appendices for the Environmental Statement and were involved further during post-application consultation. ASH graphics technicians also prepared all supporting wirelines and photomontages, demonstrating the potential landscape and visual impacts from a number of viewpoints.

Read more about ASH’s involvement in Tangy III.

Gordonbush Extension Wind Farm Submitted

SSE Renewables have submitted a Section 36 Application to Scottish Ministers for a proposed extension to the operational Gordonbush Wind Farm, near Brora, Sutherland.  

The proposed extension would comprise 16 turbines, 13 of which would have a maximum tip height of 130 metres (m), whilst the remaining 3 turbines would have a maximum tip height of 115m. The installed capacity of the extension would be up to 56MW, taking the combined total of Gordonbush to 51 turbines with a maximum generation capacity of 126MW.

ASH were commissioned to carry out and co-ordinate the Environmental Impact Assessment and the production of the Environmental Statement for submission with the Section 36 application to the Scottish Government.

ASH were responsible for co-ordinating the inputs of specialist consultants under the topics of Landscape and Visual, Cultural Heritage, Ecology, Ornithology, Hydrology, Hydrogeology and Geology, Traffic, Noise, Planning, Socio-Economics and Tourism.

To read more about ASH’s involvement in Gordonbush Extension Wind Farm please visit the project page.

ASH appointed by SSE Services plc as Lead EIA Consultant

ASH are delighted to announce our appointment by SSE Services plc, a Scottish and Southern Energy Group Company, as Lead Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Consultants under a Framework Agreement.

The Framework Agreement is focussed on SSE’s portfolio of transmission projects and will allow ASH to continue to provide EIA services in the Grid Connection and Infrastructure sector.

ASH has worked continuously in this industry sector over the last decade, and have successfully helped gain consent for a number of Section 37 applications for new overhead lines and planning applications for new substations. We are experienced in optioneering and routeing analysis for overhead lines, underground cables and substation sites, as well as carrying out consultations with key stakeholders and decision makers.

Read more about ASH’s involvement in the Grid Connection and Infrastructure sector.