Arup to deliver sustainability strategy for £100m Mersey colliery

Andy Sheppard, sustainable buildings associate at Arup

Arup, the global built environment consultancy, has been picked to deliver the sustainability strategy for £100m Parkside development.

The global consultancy’s brief for the former Parkside Colliery includes, but is not limited to; benchmarking, energy usage and generation, health and wellbeing, transport, ecology, zero carbon, materials  and innovation.

“Parkside will become an exemplar of how to future-proof a large, complex project of this type,” said John Downes, chairman of Parkside Regeneration and group chief executive of Langtree, which is developing the scheme in a joint venture with St Helens Council.

“It is far from straight-forward but Arup lead the field in this area and, with their help, we will deliver a project that matches economic and social value with environmental performance,” he added.

Lisa Harris, St Helens Borough Council Executive Director for Place, said: “The sustainability agenda is now a mainstream consideration, with major end-users and funders only interested in supporting projects that deliver best practice.

“We’ll leave no stone unturned to find the optimal way to deliver the project and it will become a benchmark for other developments in the borough and Liverpool City Region .

“This activity fits with our plans in response to the council’s climate emergency declaration and will help to make our borough greener as set out in our St Helens Together Strategy and ensuring a green economic recovery,” she added.

Arup will now begin work alongside the project’s planning consultants, engineers, architects, landscape designers, transport engineers and energy provider to assess current plans and identify areas for improvement.

Andy Sheppard, sustainable buildings associate at Arup, said: “Working with Langtree and St Helens Council is a tremendous opportunity to help them turn their passion for sustainability into practical solutions for this important development.

“We’ll be using our expertise to help Parkside keep pace with increasing demand for sustainable design and operation from tenant organisations, employees and communities.”

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