Protecting and enhancing the environment by understanding the complex interaction between nature and technical intervention

An effective approach to protecting and enhancing the environment comes through a full understanding of the complex interaction between nature and technical intervention. Getting it correct requires a mix of expertise and innovation that comes from decades of environmental and engineering experience. With ever-increasing impacts of human development on the natural environment, the need to work sustainably within the capacity of ecosystems is critical for all future development. Nicholas O’Dwyer ensures that environmentally sustainable development is considered throughout all its services.

We have provided environmental services to the public and private sectors for more than 20 years on large- and small-scale infrastructure projects. Our in-house environmental team specialises in project management of environmental assessments, licensing and permitting, hydrology, hydrogeology and ecology and have formed strategic business alliances with specialist environmental consultants to deliver environmental services across the full spectrum of engineering disciplines.

Our services include developing high-level strategic planning and strategic environmental assessments and undertaking environmental impact assessments and appropriate assessments under the European Habitats Directive. We complete detailed studies for specific topics of environmental concern or sensitivity. This includes compliance with the Water Framework Directive and particularly ensuring design changes to avoid hydromorphological impacts within our water bodies. Our major clients include Uisce Éireann, local authorities, private developers and the Environmental Protection Agency.

As part of our environment and planning sector, our consulting-chartered town planners provide bespoke specialist planning consultancy advice for all stages of the planning and development process for infrastructure projects in a wide range of different sectors, including water services, renewables, harbours and ports and aviation. Our planning specialists have an excellent understanding of planning and environmental legislation, policy and guidance in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK and can effectively navigate the planning process for projects from the initial pre-planning stage through to decision and discharge of conditions.

Internationally many of our projects require social and stakeholder engagement. Well-managed infrastructure and energy projects contribute positively to society and can bring about a more sustainable and equitable biophysical and human environment.
We provide social expertise and support for all stages of the project life cycle from definition to appraisal, development, operations, closure and decommissioning. We provide social baseline studies, social impact assessments, stakeholder engagement services, social management plans, ecosystem services assessment, land access and resettlement plans, social monitoring and evaluation services and social investment programmes.

With decades of experience, our experts support project delivery, helping to foster a social license to operate, as well as ensuring regulatory requirements are met cost effectively, and enabling project financing.

Our expertise

  • Pre-application meetings and consultations with planning authorities
  • Coordination and management of environmental impact assessments and completion of environmental impact assessment reports
  • Planning and environmental input into project design
  • Assessment of social and cultural impacts of a scheme and promotion of any land changes in developing countries
  • Screening for appropriate assessment and preparation of Natura impact statements
  • Preparation, submission and progression of planning applications to planning authorities
  • Expert services in the field of environmental assessment and planning services, including compliance, appeals, response to third-party appeals, development plan submissions, policy advice, master planning and feasibility studies

Our latest environment and planning projects