I undertook an ecological appraisal of a depot in Warrington town centre to provide adequate ecological data to support a planning application for new offices as part of the regeneration of the area.
Moderate potential for bat roosting was found in the depot buildings, as there are potential bat access points, plus the site has a small area of unmanaged woodland and is adjacent to a park and railway line providing suitable bat foraging habitat. Bat surveys were commissioned; although some bat foraging was recorded on the site, there was no evidence of bats roosting.
I also contributed to the BREEAM assessment of the new offices to help the client achieve their goal of Excellent rating.
Construction of the scheme is expected to be completed in early 2014.