In Wales, APEM is leading detailed environmental surveys of the coast as part of the largest programme of scientific coastal investigation work ever undertaken by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water.
The two-year, £8 million project involves field surveys and water quality monitoring and modelling at almost 50 sites around the entire Welsh coastline.
The project is being delivered by a capital delivery alliance comprising Mott MacDonald Bentley alongside joint ventures between Morgan Sindall and Arup, plus Skanska and Arcadis.
Meanwhile, Anglian Water commissioned APEM to undertake a two-year programme of ecological monitoring, river flow gauging and water quality sampling at almost 100 sites across Eastern England, as part of their Water Resources National Environment Programme.
In Scotland, we worked alongside the National Museum of Scotland to survey almost 100 lagoons and potential lagoons in the Western Isles, on behalf of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).
The three-week survey of 98 sites in North and South Uist, Benbecula and Grimsay aimed to establish the extent and condition of the lagoon habitats and report on the biota present, allowing SNH to meet its reporting obligations under EU directives.
Also in Scotland, construction is set to begin next year on the £2.6 billion Beatrice offshore wind farm in the Moray Firth, for which APEM provided extensive marine benthic surveys.
Seafloor grab samples were gathered and a remotely operated vehicle was used to assess geophysical features on the seabed. Detailed technical reports covering the benthic marine ecological and archaeological surveys were then produced.
Dr Adrian Williams, APEM’s director of freshwater and marine ecology, said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed working on some great projects this year. The work has involved staff from across the company, from field teams to laboratory scientists and our expert consultants. It’s often challenging but it’s all the more rewarding for it.
“These projects are testament to our clients and the strong working relationships that have developed with them over the years.”
If you have any queries, please contact Dr Adrian Williams, director.
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