Arcus are delighted to be shortlisted for the Excellence in Sustainable Infrastructure Award at the Landscape Institute Awards 2020, for the work they carried out at Cleve Hill Solar Park.
As a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP), an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) was submitted in November 2018 and the DCO was granted in May 2020. Arcus co-ordinated the project and managed the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Our Landscape Architecture team designed the masterplan and mitigation masterplan, prepared the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) and Residential Visual Amenity Assessment (RVAA), provided input into the Landscape and Biodiversity Management Plan (LBMP), supported the consultation process and represented the applicant at the DCO hearings.
“We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for this prestigious and award. It clearly demonstrates that our clients have access to the very best technical expertise and that this expertise supports the largest and most important renewable energy projects in the UK’’, Greg Shillabeer, Arcus’ Managing Director.
Arcus’ Landscape Architecture lead, Mark Topping, is delighted by the announcement: “By adopting a landscape led approach to the master planning of solar parks we can ensure they fit optimally into existing landscapes which is key to ensuring the creation of sustainable development which maximizes commercial viability and environmental improvement. At Cleve Hill, it was key to retain 360-degree open views from the coastal paths, and to maintain the landscape character separation between the coastal plains and gentle inland hills. In addition to achieving this, a 65% biodiversity net gain is predicted, based on creating and enhancing habitat on site.
We are delighted to have been able to support Cleve Hill Solar Park Ltd and the wider team, including Pinsent Masons and Counter Context, amongst others, in delivering this landmark scheme that demonstrates solar schemes of this scale can be delivered in the UK, subsidy-free.”
The virtual awards ceremony takes place on Thursday 26th November and is free to attend.