University of Liverpool wind turbines
It is a little reported fact but British universities are meant to generate 40% of their energy from renewable sources. Our company helped Liverpool University to try and achieve this goal by assisting in the siting and assessment of two wind turbines near their facilities on the Wirral.
Our involvement was primarily related to the production of a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) that considered the likely visual effects that the two turbine scheme would have on the surrounding landscape. The turbines in question were of a medium scale but located in close proximity to a small town with lots of walking routes in the area as well as a regionally promoted cycling and walking trail.
Specific details of the commission included the agreement of viewpoints with local authority officers in accordance with best practice and then producing visually verifiable images (VVI’s) of the scheme. Further negotiation with the local planning authority continued throughout the life of the project.
The LVIA was produced to a statutory EIA standard and considered effects during construction, post scheme without mitigation and post scheme with mitigation again in line with best practice. For this project we acted as specialist landscape consultants to a consultant EIA Co-ordinator but we can also perform the co-ordination duty and act principal consultant.