Mike and Lu have just returned from a very successful two week visit to China, in which they presented material for a number of new projects, and checking in on current Weddles projects around Shanghai. A visit to the almost-complete Weddles-designed Nanjing Mountain was a highlight. This mammoth £400 million project is due for completion near the end of 2015. The Pagoda central to the scheme is to become the new home to Buddha’s parietal-bone relic – a artifact of unparalleled religious significance to Buddhism . Weddles were given the high honor of visiting the relic in its current location, at Qixia Temple in Nanjing. Read more →
The survey season for the dawn and dusk bat surveys has now begun in Sheffield and South Yorkshire. The survey period is likely to conclude in September. If you are submitting a planning application and bats, evidence of bat activity or habitat value is present at your site, you have a 5 month window in which to have this survey carried out. Survey season is busy, so please get in touch asap if you would like us to quote for this survey.
The new British Standard BS8596 will cover the surveying of trees and woodland for bats and is expected to come into effect this year. This is Specific to woodlands only. It will provide guidance to all land-based industries to standardise how trees and woodlands should be surveyed for bats and their roosts, and how bat habitats should be assessed (when this is appropriate), prior to tree work being undertaken. Read more →
Yesterday New Era Square was unanimously approved by Sheffield City Councillors. Phase 1 is due to begin this summer, with a target to complete the entire scheme in three years. The site off St Mary’s Road and Bramall Lane will include a business incubator for start-up firms with exhibition hall. Phase 1 – which involves major Chinese investment – will include a 21-storey tower Read more →
Failing to control the spread of Japanese Knotweed could now result in an anti-social behaviour order, and a fine of up to £2500. We offer a range of invasive species surveys and mitigation reports to ensure as a developer you do not risk this fine. We regularly carry out basic ‘Invasive Species Surveys’ or a more comprehensive ‘Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey’. Read more →
We are have recently expanded on our award winning restoration work on the DRAX power station ash mounds. Weddles has been working at DRAX and other power station for over 40 years, which has enabled us to become national experts on industrial restoration with specialism on land and particle stabilisation. We have developed best practices in horticultural and arboricultural on difficult industrialist reclamation.
As a office full of climbers, we were delighted to be approached to put forward a proposal to improve the Bosigran Climbers hut in Penzance. We produced a robust design that sat well into the stunning landscape above Bosigran Crag. It complements the beautiful granite Count House building. This is the only climbing hut in Cornwall, but its situation is perfect for climbing on the North Coast. Read more →
Weddles trip to China in August included a visit to the recently completed Hangzhou Residential development. Weddles have been working closely with the developers to produce a high quality landscape masterplan for the shared private garden. The design and implementation has proven to be a great success, as now all 1229 residential units have been sold. The gardens are in a European classical style and based on the language of curves, linking a series of individual ‘jewel’ themed semi-private garden rooms. Read more →