The UK’s much needed school building programmes continue apace. These fall under the existing BREEAM guidelines and thus provide great opportunities for bringing nature to the heart of design. JFA Landscape and Ecology have found that schools are particularly interested in the creative use of the latest ecological and environmental strategies to enhance the learning journey in any new construction. Using BREEAM as the basis, a suitably qualified ecologist will provide ecological management and monitoring plans designed to provide long term engagement for students when the school is completed.
JFA Environmental Planning undertook an Ecological Assessment of land at Christ’s School, Richmond, to support a planning application to extend the school in order to accommodate more students.
JFA Environmental Planning proposed an ecologically sensitive solution to ensure the retention of a roost and encourage the enthusiasm and interest of school children.
JFA Environmental Planning were approached for their expert ecological advice, following two previous contradictory assessments. The key constraint was the potential for roosting bats in the building and trees on site.
Expert opinion was sought from JFA Environmental Planning following concerns from the local community in 2011 about disturbance to foraging bats due to the new floodlighting.