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Winter Wildcat Surveys

Our experienced ecologists are currently braving the harsh Scottish winter, in the search for the elusive Scottish wildcat. Surveys for one of Britain’s rarest mammals are best carried out in winter, and any site north of the central belt should be considered for a wildcat survey.

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Consultation on Changes to Planning Rules for Energy Storage in England

On Monday 14th January, BEIS published their consultation on proposed changes to planning rules for energy storage projects in England. The consultation documents are available here and the closing date for the consultation is 25th March 2019. Any developers interested in progressing energy storage projects in the future should respond to the consultation.  The key…

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Fair Isle Project Wins at Scottish Green Energy Awards

The Fair Isle Community Wind Project won the Judges Award at the recent Scottish Green Energy Awards.  Arcus was responsible for environmental and consenting work on the project, which included two separate planning applications: the first for three wind turbines, and the second for grid infrastructure.  After being consented by Shetland Islands Council, Arcus continued…

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Our Experiences and the Challenges of gaining planning permission for Energy Storage and Gas Peaking Plant Projects

Our Experiences and the Challenges of gaining planning permission for Energy Storage and Gas Peaking Plant Projects

There have been a number of changes to the energy market in recent times: Ever growing demand for energy; Closure of large centralised coal generating stations; Increase in renewable energy generation from intermittent and unpredictable sources, such as wind and solar; Long lead in times and uncertainty over new nuclear generating stations. These factors all…

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Arcus hosts virtual tour of the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm

Arcus hosted an event with the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) on Wednesday 30th August in our Glasgow office. Kelsie Braidwood and Kirsty McGuigan took their guests on a virtual site visit of the onshore transmission works for the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm. They described the process by which Arcus has helped  Beatrice…

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Liam Nevins celebrates a Decade at Arcus

Liam Nevins celebrates a Decade at Arcus

We are pleased to announce that Senior Environmental Consultant Liam Nevins has reached the milestone of a decade as part of the Arcus team. Liam joined Arcus in 2007 after a spell at the Environment Agency in Shropshire, where he was responsible for organising and undertaking a water quality sample collection programme across the region.…

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Guy Cope celebrates a Decade at Arcus

Guy Cope celebrates a Decade at Arcus

We are pleased to announce that Photography and Visualisation Consultant Guy Cope has reached the milestone of a decade as part of the Arcus team.  Guy joined Arcus in 2007 after several years photographing motorsport events for the British and World Superbike Championships. During his time at Arcus he has worked on over 100 EIA…

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Harburnhead Windfarm Inauguration Event

Harburnhead Windfarm Inauguration Event

The inauguration event for Harburnhead Windfarm was held at the site in West Lothian, Scotland, on 5th April 2017.  Arcus was delighted to support our client, LDV Harburnhead Ltd, both on the day and throughout the project to date.  It was highly satisfying to see all 22 Enercon E82 turbines spinning, while the plaque on…

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Small-Scale Reserve Electrical Power Plant – Planning Application Submitted

Small-Scale Reserve Electrical Power Plant – Planning Application Submitted

Arcus has prepared and submitted a planning application for a small scale reserve electrical power plant (natural gas combustion and battery storage) near Falkirk. The Development comprises a generating compound of up to 11 containerised units of gas generators or Lithium Ion battery arrays, and associated infrastructure. The Development is on a brownfield site adjacent to a…

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Arcus helps Seagreen gain Consent for the Onshore Transmission Works relating to the Offshore Wind Farms

Arcus helps Seagreen gain Consent for the Onshore Transmission Works relating to the Offshore Wind Farms

Seagreen gained consent for the Onshore Transmission Works relating to the Alpha and Bravo Offshore Wind Farms at the end of December 2016.  Arcus provided assistance to Seagreen (a joint venture between SSE and Fluor) during the planning process for the onshore cable, substation and associated works required to support the offshore wind farms. Our…

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