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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 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 and habitat management support. We prepared an extensive management plan for the 30 hectares of secondary woodland bordering the site and have been carrying out all woodland planting and management as detailed in this management plan from 2009 to the present. This has included new planting, tree felling and the removal of non-native and invasive species such as rhododendron, laurel and buddleia by our dedicated ecological contracting team.

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 and ongoing management in respect of ecology.