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Consultancy Projects

Through our consultancy projects the SRI has collaborated with industry, public sector agencies and charities to deliver real world solutions.

Consultancy projects and contracts

Collaborate project investigating how concrete can be designed as architectural installations - including using concrete mixes with recycled glass to maximize light as a design feature. 

Client:          Aggregate Industries Ltd
SRI Theme: Materials engineering

Following on from the SRI's work with UEL Facilities to characterise and maximise the biodiversity value of UEL's Estate, the SRI was commissioned to carry out a scoping survey of the current and potential biodiversity interest of the City University London Northampton Square campus. Using a combination of spatial analysis of aerial photos and ground truthing surveys, the SRI mapped biodiversity across the City University campus, identified key areas currently supporting biodiversity 'hotspots', and made recommendations for biodiversity enhancements. 
 
Client:            City University
SRI Theme:   Urban green infrastructure
 
SRI are working with the British Standards Institute (BSI) to develop green roofing industry standards, including facilitating partnership trade organisations such as the Green Roof Organisation to ensure industry needs are met within the standardisation process. 

Client:            British Standards Institute
SRI Theme:   Urban green infrastructure

Part of UrbanBuzz, this project focused on meeting the skill gaps to deliver sustainable communities in London. SRI was engaged to motivate and support London’s university students in contributing to sustainable development.

Client:           London Sustainability Exchange
SRI Theme:  Community engagement and assets

As part of the Greater London Authority’s Drain London project, a series of green roofs were installed at the Museum of London. The SRI were contracted to monitor these roofs and assess their benefits in terms of storm-water attenuation compared to standard flat roof systems.  An innovative prototype rainfall runoff gauge, capable of installation on a roof to monitoring a range of flow rates, was developed and installed at the MoL by the SRI. The gauges logged rainfall volumes and rates. The results were analysed and fed back into the Drain London project.

Client:           Museum of London 
SRI Theme:  Urban green infrastructure

As part of the Greater Thames Marshes Nature Improvement Area programmes, a master plan was developed for the landscape-scale conservation of Thames Terrace Invertebrates in the Greater Thames Marshes area. The project was a partnership between Essex County Council, Buglife, the University of East London and Essex Field Club. The project built on previous pioneering work, targeting eight sites and three flagship species. It outlined what was currently know and set the scene for future work, identifying gaps in knowledge and making recommendations for delivery on the ground. 
 
Client:           Natural England and DEFRA via Essex County Council
SRI Theme:  Invertebrate conservation
 
SRI worked with a range of partner on an environmental study of the London 2012 Games for the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The aim was to encourage responsible concern for the environment and promote sustainable development in sport and highlight the potential of a positive legacy for London 2012. The resulting report has been used by the IOC and UK government ministers to design and inform a portfolio of post-games regeneration projects.

Client:           International Olympic Committee 
SRI Theme:  Community engagement and assets

The SRI worked with the Olympic Development Authority to prepare a guidance document for green roof monitoring in order to inform the legacy management of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Subsequently SRI carried out biodiversity monitoring for the London Legacy Development Corporation on the MPC biosolar roof (green roof and photovoltaic roof combined) to assess how it was performing in relation to targets within the Olympic Park Biodiversity Action Plan. 

Client:             London Legacy Development Corporation 
SRI Theme:    Invertebrate conservation

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The production of a series of Peatland Briefing Notes for the IUCN UKPP.  These online Briefing Notes are designed to provide clear guidance to non-specialists about a range of peatland topics, and have since been downloaded by researchers and practitioners based in a wide range of countries around the world.
 
Client:             IUCN UK PP
SRI Theme:    Peatland conservation
 
SRI provided expert witness evidence on behalf of Natural England for two major peatland conservation cases in Walshaw Moor and Bolton Fell Moss. The evidence presented by the SRI has since formed the basis of a case being led by the RSPB and now taken up by the European Commission through the European Court of Justice.  

Client:             Natural England
SRI Theme:    Peatland conservation

The SRI have been involved in leading peatland ecology workshops for NGOs. These workshops allow landowners, land managers and conservation staff the chance to gain further education into the ecology and function of the peatlands under their management. These were lead most recently for Shetland Amenity Trust who created a post for a dedicated ‘Peatlands officer’ following the course. 
 
SRI Theme:     Peatland conservation
 
SRI undertook a major review of scientific literature concerned with peatlands and carbon which helped establish the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) UK Peatland Programme and the UKPP’s Commission of Inquiry into peatlands. This underpinned the importance of peatlands now recognised by the devolved administrations - with some £16m allocated by the Scottish Government to peatland restoration.

Client:             UKPP
SRI Theme:    Peatland conservation

SRI established a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Thames Water Ltd to develop a prototype rainfall runoff gauge which could be installed at roof level (where no access to downpipes was available) and was capable of monitoring a range of flow rates, robust enough to cope with the kinds of debris that might be washed into gutter systems and equally suitable for installation in new gutter systems and retrofit scenarios. The gauge was laboratory tested at UEL in the hydrology circulation tanks. It was then installed at the Museum of London green roof monitoring project and the TfL monitoring project.
 
Client:             Thames Water Ltd
SRI Theme:    Urban green infrastructure
 
A collaborative project between Buglife, Essex Field Club and the SRI. The project delivered landscape-scale invertebrate conservation for priority species in the nationally important region of South Essex. The SRI provided their spatial analytical GIS expertise mapping and monitoring the spatial dynamics of conservation priority invertebrate populations in the region. The project aim was to inform habitat management proposals at a number of key sites within the region 

Client:              Buglife
SRI Theme:     Invertebrate conservation

The East England Development Agency and Stevenage Borough Council identified a pocket park within a sunken roundabout in Stevenage as an asset which could be used more by the public through innovative landscape design. The SRI advised on the sustainability and environmental regeneration aspects of the development.  The park was constructed using sustainable materials including the use of local recycled glass and sand and aggregate from the initial demolition site and provided an educational resource for emerging eco-technologies.

Client:             Stevenage Borough Council 
SRI Theme:    Urban green infrastructure

The SRI developed planning policy guidance that would apply regionally contextualised ‘ecomimicry’ UGI design principles into SuDS component design. Key challenges were to ensure that SuDS design were suitable for high-density urban areas, and that biodiversity and multifunctional ecosystem service provision were central to the design and selection of components. The Derbyshire St Pocket Park has since been developed in the borough through the GLA's Pocket Park initiative as a flagship project to showcase the principles of the SuDS guidance and how the components recommended can by implemented together in high-density urban areas.
 
Client:             London Borough of Tower Hamlets 
SRI Theme:     Urban green infrastructure
 
 
 
As part of an initiative to resolve storm water flooding issues at London Underground depots, Transport for London installed two green roofs on a London Underground depot at West Ruislip. One roof used industry standard green roof construction materials, the other used a novel experimental system. The SRI were contracted to monitor the rainfall runoff from these green roofs and a adjacent control roof. Data from the monitoring was used to inform best practice for green roof design for water attenuation as supporting evidence for a broader incorporation of green infrastructure retrofit across Transport for London holdings.

Client:             Transport for London 
SRI Theme:    Urban green infrastructure

The SRI worked in partnership with the Environment Agency and Natural England as part of the Thames Estuary 2100 flood defence scoping programme. The SRI carried out ArcGIS spatial analysis and assemblage analysis of invertebrates on Thames Estuary coastal grazing marsh sites to assess assemblage diversity, rarity, typicalness and habitat features supporting the populations. The project was designed to support the decision-making process for TE2100 flood defence prioritisation.

Client:              Environment Agency
SRI Theme:     Invertebrate conservation