June 2020 … World Environment Day
Friday 5th June is World Environment Day – an annual UN event. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the environment and specific environmental issues, ranging from pollution to global warming and sustainable food production to protection of wildlife.
This year’s theme is biodiversity – a concern that is both urgent and existential. Biodiversity is all the different kinds of life you’ll find in one area—the variety of animals, plants, fungi, and even microorganisms like bacteria that make up our natural world.
We have experience in undertaking Biodiversity Net Gain assessments and providing advice to clients early on in the planning process to maximise the likelihood of achieving net gain. Biodiversity Net Gain is an approach to development that leaves biodiversity in a better state than before (CIEEM, 2019). Planning guidance and the emerging Environment Bill are pressing for built developments to obtain net gains in biodiversity.
The Thameslink Programme (TLP) was the first Network Rail Infrastructure Project to achieve net gain outcomes for biodiversity. TLP partnered with the London Wildlife Trust to achieve Biodiversity Net Gain at key nature sites across London. Schofield Lothian’s Environmental Managers worked throughout this programme, liaising with the London Wildlife Trust and helping to compile evidence of what was achieved.
Our Environment Services include: Ecology Services, Environmental Management Services and Environmental Consents. Please contact John, Laura or Andy if any of your Client contacts need help with their environmental issues on their infrastructure project. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Apr 2020 ... COVID-19 Update
During this very challenging period, we are continuing to support our Clients on their key infrastructure projects, while following the UK Government guidelines. Many of our Consultants are allowed by their Clients to work from home, while carrying out essential work on projects. The Board have a daily conference call to ensure the continued smooth running of the company and the Operations Team (Consents, Environment, Project Management & Commercial Management) are in regular contact with their teams.
If there are any specific enquiries or concerns you may have, please contact a member of the Board: Kevin Corcoran, firstname.lastname@example.org … Mike Upton, email@example.com … Leo McAuliffe, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mar 2020 … We recently sent this to all Employees …
Feb 2020 … Our Audit & Assurance Services
Schofield Lothian offers Audit & Assurance Services to assist clients verify and validate costs, risks and assumptions on projects. We provide an insight into the cost management and contract compliance of projects. Our Audit & Assurance Services include:
- System Integrity Audit … robust cost capture & control systems
- Contract Compliance … contractual terms & conditions compliance
- Cost Audits … validate costs presented, actual & justifiable
- ‘Deep-Dive’ & Final Account Audits … inconsistencies, closing a contract, etc
For more detailed information on any of our Audit & Assurance Services, and how we can audit your project (delivery, support or advice), please contact: Iain Watts, Director, Commercial Management email@example.com 07810 850248 or Michelle Hopley, Associate Director, firstname.lastname@example.org 07960 729427
Feb 2020 … Ecology Surveys in the Winter
Ecology surveys can still take place in the winter months especially for bats, badgers and wintering birds. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Jan 2020 … Our Ecology Services
Schofield Lothian offers pragmatic ecology support throughout any given project lifecycle and strongly recommends planning Ecological Surveys early to fully understand potential ecological risks to your project. These risks could cause significant delay to programme, increased costs, and reputational damage. Our professional ecology services include:
- Ecology Surveys – habitat, species, scoping, etc
- Ecological Assessments – appraisals, impact assessments, regulations, BREEAM, biodiversity net gain, etc
- Ecology Clerk of Works – site management & support, tool-box talks, etc
Our professionally accredited Ecologists work with Clients to reduce project delays, manage costs and avoid reputational damage.
For more info on how we can help you with your Ecology issues, please contact: Laura Cobden, Principal Ecologist, 07715 004197 firstname.lastname@example.org; John Pearson, Director, Environment Services, email@example.com; or Mike Upton, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan 2020 … The Schofield Lothian Business System
We have recently updated our business system and reprinted Our SBS booklet. This booklet captures all the processes within the company which we use daily to develop, deliver and manage our professional services. It is often referred to as a ‘business management system’ or an ‘operational management system’, as part of the ISO standards.
Our SBS booklet contains the key elements of our four operational processes, our five shared services processes, and our five standards. It also highlights our values and our services. It also incorporates the QMS and EMS for ISO requirements. The ‘value chain’ graphic below gives you a good overview.
Primarily, Our SBS is an internal document which guides us in delivering value to our Clients by explaining the key elements of our processes. In addition, it forms a major part of our ISO and IIP annual audits (ISO 9001 Quality, ISO 14001 Environment, ISO 18001 H&S and Investors in People). We also use it for all inductions with new employees.
If you require more information on the Schofield Lothian Business System, please contact Leo McAuliffe, Executive Director email@example.com
December 2019 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our Clients for their business during the year and we do hope we have contributed in some way to their success. Additionally we continue to work with our Suppliers and Partners to improve our services and increase ‘operational excellence’.
Thank you all and have a relaxing break with your families and loved ones …leo.
Note: Our head office will be closed from Wednesday 25th December to Wednesday 1st January inclusive.
November 2019 Delighted to be continuing to provide our Auditing Services with NR … contact firstname.lastname@example.org
October 2019 Delighted to be continuing our Ecology Services on HS2 … contact email@example.com
September 2019 Schofield Lothian climbs in the Building Top 150 Consultants
We are delighted to announce that we have climbed another 4 places to 54th overall, in the 2019 Top 150 Consultants survey (this ‘overall’ also includes Architects and Engineers), published by Building Magazine.
This is the fifth year we have increased our position, which is a great reflection on the excellent work you are all continuing to do, to help the business grow profitably and deliver added-value professional services to our Clients.
We have now moved from 81st to 67th to 63rd to 58th to 54th since our involvement.
Each year Building Magazine surveys and publishes a list of the top consultants in our industry, including Quantity Surveyors, Project Managers, Engineers and Architects. This year we are …
- 54th in the overall Top 150, up from 58th last time
- 37th in the Top 50 Surveyors (down two positions)
- 21st in the Top 50 Project Managers (up one – we include our PM, CE & ES)
On further analysis, if we exclude the Architects we are 44th in the Top 150 and we are now a Top 15 SME Consultancy. Contact leo McAuliffe, Executive Director, for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
September 2019 Delighted to be continuing to deliver our Consents Services on Thames Estuary … contact email@example.com
June 2019 Delighted to continue to deliver our Project Management Services on Anglia LX … contact firstname.lastname@example.org
June 2019 Delighted to be leading the delivering of Commercial Management Services in Derby … contact email@example.com
May 2019 Are you ready for Bat Survey Season?
Now is the time to start planning ecology surveys for 2019. Most development proposals will have the potential to impact the local biodiversity. It is therefore important to be aware of when species specific surveys can be undertaken.
Bat activity surveys can be undertaken from April. Throughout March bats start to awaken from hibernation and forage on warmer nights. Between April and June females begin to gather in maternity roosts and high levels of feeding activity are observed as they recover the weight lost during the hibernation period.
Our in-house Ecology Services also include comprehensive project management of all of your protected habitat and species needs, so you can be confident in your project’s compliance; from planning through to post-construction monitoring.
For a more detailed discussion please contact Laura Cobden, Principal Ecologist on 020 7842 0920 or firstname.lastname@example.org
April 2019 Proud to have been selected to deliver our Environmental Services on HS2 … contact email@example.com
January 2019 Delighted to start delivering our Project Management Services on East Midlands Signalling … contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, please contact Leo McAuliffe, Executive Director, email@example.com