REC delivers Air Quality Urban Design CPD for Architect Client


REC’s Air Quality lead for London and the South – Matt Mitchell – was delighted to host a CPD last week on “Air quality in relation to Scheme Design’ for one of our respected architect clients based in Central London.

Matt delivered a real-world look at the air quality issues relating to schemes in inner-urban and city areas like London and how they influence the design process for architects. REC work with our clients beyond initial projects to maintain and enhance our client’s professional knowledge, which adds value to the working relationships we build with our clients.

Could you benefit from a CPD? REC can deliver bespoke environmental CPD’s for you and your employees, so give the team a call to discuss on 0845 676 9303 or email .

REC deliver Geo-environmental CPD for Consulting Engineers

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REC’s geo-environmental team were delighted to host a CPD on complex site investigations with one of our key consulting engineering clients in Central London.

The team delivered a practical hands-on CPD looking at the process and challenges when conducting ground investigations in inner-urban sites and complexities encountered in terms of access, drilling techniques, geology, ground obstructions, utilities and site users. Site investigations are almost always required to inform scheme design, and therefore requires consideration and understanding from engineers.

CPD’s such as these allow us to maintain and enhance our client’s knowledge which holds many benefits for both our client and their employees. Could you benefit from a CPD? REC can deliver bespoke environmental CPD’s for you and your employees, give the team a call to discuss on 0845 676 9303 or email .

REC achieves UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) accreditation


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REC is pleased to announce that we are now a UKATA approved asbestos training provider. The UKATA accreditation further demonstrates our commitment to delivering the highest standards of asbestos advice for our clients.

Asbestos Awareness Training is designed for employees affected by work activities where asbestos containing materials may be present and whose work could foreseeably disturb the fabric of a building and expose them to asbestos or who supervise or influence such work. The training is also useful for anyone requiring a better understanding of the basic elements of asbestos awareness. In particular, it should be given to those workers in the refurbishment, maintenance and allied trades where it is foreseeable that ACMs may become exposed during their work.

REC’s Asbestos Awareness Training also develops occupiers’ knowledge of the hazards and risks posed by asbestos containing materials (ACM’s). The training further gives an overview of legislative measures in place to permit employees to safeguard themselves and others affected by work activities.

REC Head of Asbestos, Scott Bentley says:
“The UKATA accreditation further supports the quality asbestos training we provide for our clients. Asbestos awareness is crucial for anyone who has responsibility for the management and upkeep of buildings therefore utilising an accredited training provider gives our clients the confidence they require. This is great achievement for REC.”

As a fully UKATA accredited asbestos training provider, REC is well placed to provide you with the training that you require. If you have an asbestos training requirement call the team on 0845 676 9303 or email

REC undertakes a ground investigation on the Winstanley and York Road Estate regeneration project

Winstanley Estate


REC recently undertook a ground investigation on the Winstanley and York Road Estate regeneration project for Winstanley & York Road Regeneration LLP (a Joint Venture between Taylor Wimpey Central London and Wandsworth Borough Council). The regeneration is proposed to comprise the construction of more than 2,500 homes and a leisure centre. The works were carried out over two phases and comprised cable percussive drilling to maximum depths of 80.00m, window sampling, trial pitting to expose foundations and buried services, soil infiltration testing, as well as various chemical and geotechnical laboratory testing.

The site investigation works carried out were complex due to working within a large residential area with active car parks and a community park. This was overcome by the successful planning of the works and start-up meetings in order to ensure the project was carried out as efficiently as possible, with minimal disturbance to the local residents, and completed on time and within budget.

Following completion of the investigation in September 2018, construction work has commenced on the residential apartment blocks.

Do you need a ground investigation for your project? Call the team on 0845 676 9303 or email Find out more about our geo-environmental services here:


REC contributes to Greater Manchester sustainability consultation

Grow green

REC has taken part in the first stage of the Grow Green consultation which is seeking the views of companies offering services and products which can contribute to climate adaptation in the region. Greater Manchester has committed to becoming carbon-neutral by 2038.

Grow Green is a five-year project aiming to increase liveability, sustainability and business opportunities in cities. Grow Green is also aiming to make nature part of the urban living environment to improve the quality of life and prosperity for residents and businesses alike.

The views of the selected companies taking part – including environmental consultancy REC – will help inform policy-makers’ recommendations in regards to nature-based and engineering solutions for climate and water-related challenges.

REC – headquartered in Manchester – is pleased to have been chosen as a key contributor due to its extensive experience in advising on environmental air quality and noise, biodiversity, sustainability and geo-environmental solutions.

‘We’re delighted to be contributing to the sustainability agenda for Greater Manchester’ said REC Commercial Director, Rob Whittle. ‘We’ve been advising clients on environmental issues in region since the mid-90s’.

Find out more about the Grow Green project here

Defra introduce updated biodiversity metric 2.0

Biodiversity metric

Defra along with Natural England and other key stakeholders have been working with the aim of updating and improving the 2012 Defra biodiversity metric which measures biodiversity losses and gains.

The proposed updated Defra Biodiversity Metric is designed to provide ecologists, developers, planners and other interested parties with a means of assessing changes in biodiversity value (losses or gains) brought about by development or changes in land management.

What the new metric includes:

  • Improved consideration of ecological connectivity
  • Covers an extended range of habitat types including green infrastructure and rivers
  • A forthcoming spreadsheet-based tool will support the application of the metric in practice

The metric can be used now, however feedback provided from users will be used to inform a further update, to be released in 2020. Download the biodiversity metric 2.0 here:

Want to discuss these changes further? Call the REC ecology team on 0845 676 9303 or email

REC kickstart Mayfield Ground Investigation



Project Background

Mayfield is a transformational regeneration project for Manchester. It will become home to over 10,000 jobs, 75,000 m2 of new commercial office space, retail and hotel accommodation, as well as more than 1,400 homes and community uses.

REC Approach

Understanding risk within the ground is a key part of the development. Our phase 1 desk study for an area of the site identified at least 4 phases of previous development including the historic (now demolished) Mayfield Baths and other contaminating land uses.

We worked with the structural engineers and developer to produce a scope of works to investigate existing ground conditions and to target specific areas of potential risk that would provide information for structural design and ground contamination.

We completed intrusive works over 2 weeks in March 2019. Significant obstructions were encountered some of which were likely to have been the old floors for the baths, and basements from structures adjoining the site. To further complicate matters, our work was undertaken at the same time as demolition of other above ground structures in the work area by the demolition contractor.

Martin Lucass, Project Director at REC had this to say. ‘What a fantastic project to have worked on and it’s good to know we have played a part in regenerating this historic part of Manchester on what is certainly one of the most exciting Masterplans in Manchester right now’

REC welcomes Associate Director for Air Quality, Matt Mitchell, to the team

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Matthew Mitchell (MEnv, CEnv, MIAQM) has joined REC as Associate Director in Air Quality. Matt will lead the growth and expansion of REC’s air quality services in the South and provide technical oversight nationally. Matt has over 12 years’ experience in Air Quality Assessment and EIA having delivered air quality projects in the UK, Europe and internationally. In the UK Matt has worked on high profile projects such as the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, Earl’s Court masterplan and as an Air Quality Advisor to Crossrail, and across sectors including property, industry and transport as well as national and local government.

‘I’m delighted to be bringing my air quality expertise and experience to REC’ said Matt. ‘It’s a company that specialises in environmental consultancy and it’s that which attracted me along with the future plans for expansion.’

‘We’re really pleased to see Matt join us’ said REC Managing Director – Gary Winder. ‘He’s yet another high calibre senior member of staff to join the business and a great addition to our national Air Quality team’

Growing up and growing out – Air Quality and London Suburban Growth

REC was delighted to take part in yesterday’s RTPI London annual summit. REC’s Air Quality workshop centered around a London-based case study – brought to life the key issues and challenges facing planners in relation to London urban expansion, intensified development and Air Quality.

REC plans to produce an advisory note off the back the workshop which will be downloadable from REC’s website so watch this space.