Appointed by Igloo Regeneration, and in conjunction with Dean and Dyball, our award-winning team of structural, civil and environmental engineers worked in unison to assess the environmental impact of the re-development of Roath Basin, Cardiff Bay, and the subsequent construction of the BBC Roath Lock studios.
Tasked with the design and supervision of the first phase of the development, we began by initiating land remediation activities and material recycling. Ensuring materials could be recycled was essential considering the potential impact of the development on the surrounding area.
Our environmental engineers’ success in material recycling reduced the overall cost of the development, whilst reducing the impact of waste on the environment.
Following our involvement in the enabling works, our engineering team worked on the following key elements of the BBC Roath Lock development:
Design of the main highway
Management of the sewer requisition process
Design of the drainage infrastructure
Supervision of the Earthworks and Remediation Contract
Design of the BBC production building and all external areas
It was imperative that we maintained close links with Cardiff City Council and the Environment Agency throughout, to ensure disruption and the environmental impact of the project was kept to a minimum.
The Future of Environmental Engineering
Due to the rise of industry, manufacturing and the development of cities, the importance of environmental engineering cannot be overstated.
The exponential growth and use of technology has taken centre stage in our everyday lives. However, despite its positive impact, such proliferation of technology continues to have an adverse effect on the environment:
Between 20 and 50 million tonnes of electronic equipment and peripherals are discarded each year;
Most of the electronic equipment discarded by US consumers is transported to Asia, where it is dismantled and recycled. The resultant waste, which contains mercury and lead, is a threat to the local ecosystem;
According to Huffington post, ‘the production of a single computer and monitor consumes, on the average, 530 pounds of fossil fuels, 48 pounds of chemicals and 1.5 tons of water’.
Human health and the maintenance of ecosystems is a priority. it’s therefore evident that the role of environmental engineers is essential in the continued growth, development and sustainability of our environment.