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Tunbridge Wells Hospital

As the lead ecologists, ECOSA has been fully involved with the successful delivery of the new state-of-the-art County hospital at Pembury. We worked within a multi-disciplinary team including the NHS, Faithful + Gould, Gifford and Urban Land Studio. The hospital has been designed to afford patients views of the beautiful woodland setting.

Client: Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Objective: Construction of a new hospital in a woodland setting

Our work has included:

  • Undertaking all ecological surveys
  • Preparation of the ecology element of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EcIA), application for Natural England licence applications for bats and dormice (following the granting of planning permission)
  • Assistance with discharge of ecology-related conditions
  • On-site mitigation works in relation to protected species
  • On-site watching brief and clerk of works roles.

The NHS has retained ECOSA to oversee all works in respect of ecology and to provide continued ecological advice throughout the construction period. We have prepared an extensive management plan for 30 hectares of secondary woodland bordering the site and have been carrying out all woodland planting and management as detailed in the management plan through the winter of 2009/10 to 2014/15.

This high-profile project is an extremely important development for both Maidstone and Tunbridge Council and the NHS and ECOSA have assisted to ensure its successful delivery in respect of ecology.