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business review 2006/2007

SLR is a leading environmental consultancy providing advice and supporting services for the development of environmental policy and practice, and the planning, design, permitting, impact assessment, management, auditing and remediation of assets.

JELD-WEN, inc. – SLR Provides Key Environmental Support to Leading Door and Window Manufacturer

At the start of 2007, SLR employed just over 300 people: 250 in the UK and 50 in the USA. During 2007, SLR has maintained its 20% organic growth rate and has acquired related consulting businesses in the UK and Canada.

With over 150 divisions and more than 20,000 employees worldwide, JELD-WEN, inc. is the largest door and window manufacturer in the world. They are a vertically integrated source of wood, vinyl, aluminum, steel, fibreglass, and wood composite door and window products used in residential, commercial, and industrial markets. In addition, JELD-WEN also demonstrates a growing leadership in real estate, resorts, distribution, and marketing.

In the UK, SLR acquired Insite Environments in June 2007, a leading landscape architecture and urban design practice. In Canada in September 2007, SLR acquired SEACOR Environmental Inc., a leading multidisciplinary consultancy. These acquisitions, together with organic growth has expanded SLR’s office network to 41 locations: 16 in the UK and 25 in North America. This Business Review describes some of the interesting and challenging projects that SLR completed in 2006/2007 in its core business areas.

SLR provides a wide range of services to JELD-WEN that have helped its facilities meet or exceed applicable environmental standards and maximise asset value. SLR has assisted in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and site development for this rapidly growing company. Specific environmental services provided by SLR have included air permitting, water permitting and treatment, due diligence, litigation support, liability transfer, brownfield development, contaminated land remediation, new facility construction, and merger and acquisition support. SLR staff located in offices throughout the US and the UK have supported JELD-WEN with their business interests.

JELD-WEN’s company philosophies emphasise cooperation among employees, facilities, suppliers and customers. With these shared philosophies, SLR has built a relationship with JELD-WEN to become an integral part of the company's worldwide environmental management team.

Sustainable Motorway Services Development SLR is spearheading the development of a new trunk road service area at Victoria Junction near Bodmin, which is branded as a ‘new tourism gate to Cornwall’. The development includes fuelling facilities, a hotel and restaurant, food and convenience outlets. The site will also include a visitor centre, with potential to provide an associated retail and commercial development as a future phase. SLR is responsible for all aspects of the masterplanning and planning application. The developer, Hendra Manor Ltd, is committed to make the development as sustainable as possible, and SLR has included a number of elements to achieve this including the use of wind turbines, solar cells and rainwater harvesting.


business review 2006/2007 Supporting Major Oil Exploration Programmes in Alaska

Development of Irish Waste Management Facilities

SLR is providing consulting services to major oil companies in support of their upstream oil and gas exploration programs throughout Alaska.

In 2006, SLR was involved in the development of two of the largest new waste management facilities in Ireland.

A key service provided is oil spill contingency planning, one of the most rigorous of the regulatory requirements imposed on the oil industry. The production of robust plans, compliant with state and federal environmental legislation, is critical in enabling them to explore, develop and produce oil and gas in the Arctic environment.

At Ballynagran in County Wicklow, SLR was appointed to undertake the design and construction management of a major new landfill for Greenstar, Ireland’s largest private waste management company. The site will take residual wastes, which cannot be viably recycled or recovered, and has been designed to the highest environmental standards. The work undertaken in 2006 included construction of all the major infrastructure elements and the first phase of the containment system. In Northern Ireland, SLR has provided a broad range of consultancy work to Biffa Waste Services in the development of the strategically important Cottonmount site. The work commenced in 2005 with the application for a PPC permit, which was issued in April 2006, followed by the design and construction of the first phase of the site in the summer of 2006. As well as the design and supervision of the infrastructure works, the landfill element of the scheme incorporated the use of a dense asphaltic concrete liner system, believed to be the first of its kind in Ireland.

SLR is involved in the preparation of multiple oil spill contingency plans for all the major oil companies operating in the region as they seek to accelerate the development of Alaskan oil fields and deliver crude oil to refineries across North America. In addition to preparing oil spill contingency plans, SLR is delivering a broad array of consulting services to the oil industry including emergency response management, habitat mapping, contaminated site restoration and coastal protection. With over thirty staff based in Anchorage and Fairbanks, SLR is well positioned to increasingly expand our technical service offerings and to become a dominant provider of technical services to the oil industry in the state of Alaska.

SLR’s involvement in two of the largest waste schemes undertaken in Ireland in recent times, leaves it well placed to exploit the market for major new waste facilities, both north and south of the border, created by the need to meet the Landfill Directive targets in the next 10 years.

Major Extension to the UK’s Largest Brickworks Hanson Building Products operates the largest brickworks complex in the UK, at Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire, with a capacity to produce over 350 million bricks per year (9% of the UK facing brick market). In 2005, SLR submitted a comprehensive planning application and environmental statement to seek permission to extract almost 12.5 million cubic metres of clay from an area known as Must Farm, one of the largest mineral planning applications in the UK this decade. Using three dimensional computer modelling, SLR's geologists devised a working scheme which allows the phased extraction of the clay and overlying sand and gravel, and the disposal and storage of the weak overburden in the base of the excavation. SLR’s landscape architects have devised a water based restoration scheme in keeping with the flat Fen landscape within which the site lies, working alongside SLR’s hydrologists who developed a complimentary long term drainage scheme which was agreed with the Internal Drainage Board.

SLR is also working with Hanson on the restoration of the associated Bradley Fen pit, which is nearing the end of clay extraction. The pit will be allowed to flood in accordance with a “re-watering” scheme devised by SLR’s hydrologists after which the site will become an important nature conservation feature, lying adjacent to the Nene Washes, a European habitats site on account of the population of wading birds that they support. In the long term, it is intended to restore the Must Farm site to a similar lake feature but only once it has played a significant part in supplying valuable raw materials for Britain’s construction industries.

Following almost two years of preparation, the planning application and accompanying environmental statement was submitted in March 2005, and was granted permission in late 2006. Following the grant of planning consent, SLR has been dealing with a wide range of planning conditions and preoperational issues such as liaison with local archaeologists over the way archaeological features will be recorded during excavation. In 2007, Hanson will construct a 1000m long groundwater cut-off under the supervision of SLR’s engineers to prevent groundwater from flowing into the pit. The interaction of this feature, and the groundwater it will retain, on wooden archaeological features is of particular interest and SLR’s archaeologists, planners and engineers are working together to ensure that the cut off can be constructed without damaging these important features.

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Business Review 2006/2007