Argus Ecology

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Infrastructure

Argus has previous experience of a wide range of infrastructure projects, including new roads, road widening / improvement projects, and port-related developments. We have been involved at every stage of projects, from early feasibility studies and route planning, through environmental impact assessment, expert witness services at Public Inquiry, and provision of on-call ecological advice during construction.

We have experience of ecological impact assessments carried out in accordance with Highways Agency Design Manual for Roads and Bridges standards.

Project experience includes the following:

  • A1 in Northumberland: Stage 1 study of proposed dualling, identifying ecological interest features along existing and potential route from Tyneside to Scottish border by a combination of GIS constraints mapping and field survey from van (2001; client - Arup);
  • A1 Adderstone – Mousen proposed improvements, Northumberland: Ecological impact assessment to DMRB standards (1999-2000; client – Northumberland County Council);
  • A1 Stannington junction improvements, Northumberland: Ecological impact assessment to DMRB standards (2000; client – Northumberland County Council);
  • A187 West Central Route, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Ecological impact assessment and presentation of evidence at Public Inquiry (1991-92; client – Newcastle City Council);
  • A197 Pegswood bypass, Northumberland: Ecological impact assessment of new road scheme to DMRB standards, with some post-construction follow-up of mitigation measures including badger tunnel (2002-06; client – Northumberland County Council);
  • A19 improvements, Norton – A174 junction, Teesside: Retained as ecological advisor during implementation of trunk road improvement scheme (1997-99; client - Autolink);
  • A19 second Tyne Tunnel: ecological assessment and advice to client concerning construction impacts of road tunnel, including potential spoil disposal areas, and protection of nesting birds (2008-09; client - Bouygues Travaux Publics);
  • A470 Plas Maenon – Bod Hyfryd: Hedgerow survey and bird survey carried out along the route of a proposed road improvement scheme (2006; clients – Axis PED / NWTRA);
  • A5 Glyn Bends: Rare plant and bat surveys carried out prior to works on a road cutting (2006; clients – Axis PED / NWTRA);
  • A66 Longnewton junction improvements, Stockton-on-Tees: Ecological impact assessment to then current DMRB guidelines (1992-94; client – RPS plc);
  • A695 Scotswood Road improvements, Newcastle-on-Tyne: Ecological impact assessment, including co-ordination of hydrological impacts on estuarine habitats, and presentation of evidence at Public Inquiry (1997-98; client – Newcastle City Council).