Specialist Consultancy

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Tailoring spaces and creating places

Our full team service - apT have it all covered with our full range of specialist consultants.

Our holistic approach results in our clients having vastly reduced time spent planning, as we can provide all the required expertise and knowledge under one roof, providing you with accurate and efficient advice based on Local Authority Regulatory Standards.

These expertise include:

Urban Design

Urban design is the art of placemaking, shaping the places where we live work and play and creating the places in our towns that people love. We offer a highly-skilled and quality service tailored to the client and committed to creating places that will last a lifetime.

Working with public and private sector clients in the development industry, apT can provide instrumental design advice, whether it is integrating design advice from strategic design and site-specific master planning, to design and access statements, building for life assessments and expert evidence for Public Inquires and Hearings. We can enhance the physical environment creating a high-quality, cost-effective and sustainable development that reflects the needs of both the physical environment and the community. We can also deliver public realm strategies, town centre regeneration initiatives, streetscape design in addition to evaluation of urban design schemes.

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Built Heritage Conservation

The Conservation of Built Heritage is the management of change of the historic environment and heritage assets and their setting. We provide qualified advice on the design of works affecting Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas, Scheduled Ancient Monuments and Registered Historic Parks & Gardens and have significant experience with World Heritage Sites.

We are sensitive to the economic and social pressures and aim to develop a sustainable project, whilst always working to preserve and enhance their uniqueness.

Working with all stakeholders, we can provide:

  • Conservation Area Appraisals
  • Conservation Area Management Plans
  • Conservation Area Boundary Review and Designation
  • Article 4 Directions
  • Supplementary Planning Documents and Design Guidance
  • Policy Development for Local Plans and Neighbourhood Plans
  • Conservation Management Plans to support HLF bids
  • Assessment of Heritage Planning Applications
  • Heritage Statements and Statements of Significance
  • Expert Witness and Appeals
  • Development Options Appraisal
  • Development of Local Lists
  • Designation Advice for Listing
  • World Heritage Site Nomination
  • Heritage at Risk Surveys

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Ecological Conservation

Ecological conservation works to preserve the natural environment, often regulated by law, developments can be required to follow certain steps to ensure such areas are protected or could face legal penalties. We can ensure that you not only fulfil legal duties but also ensure this is provided in a sustainable way bringing additional benefits, tailoring places and creating sustainable spaces.

We can provide a range of surveys including phase 1 habitat assessments to establish if such designs need to take account of ecological conservation; feeding back into the design and any mitigation requirements.

We can also provide ecological impact assessments, which will provide clients with fully comprehensive reports, adhering to the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (IEEM) guidelines. Our assessments will also offer advice on best practice when working with the EIA, assist and prepare required license applications and liaising with Natural England when required.

apT can also assist public sector organisations to understand their responsibilities and develop strategies and policies.

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Geotechnical engineering is a branch of civil engineering which deals with the interaction between the ‘soil and rock’ and a structure. Geotechnics is a critical branch of engineering which is concerned with construction occurring on the surface or within the ground. Other encompassed disciplines include engineering geology, ground contamination and all elements related to civil engineering design and construction. It aims to secure the stability of developments and the wider area.

apT can help by providing:

  • Preparation of desk studies
  • Gap analysis reports
  • Abnormal cost assessments
  • Ground investigations (including mineworkings/mineshafts/geogases/contaminated land)
  • Design and implementation of remediation and stabilisation schemes
  • Interpretation of results
  • Project management
  • Pragmatic cost effective solutions to clients

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Healthy Spaces

apT has highly-experienced specialists who provide a host of advice, design and implementation to inspire, design and develop your parks and open spaces, play areas, Skate Parks, Multi Use Games Areas, BMX tracks, outdoor gyms, outdoor sports facilities (pitches, greens, courts and pavilions) and schools grounds to provide healthy active spaces.

Whether a developer, council, business or school, our impartial, highly-experienced level of advice will help you to develop a safe play or recreational area/playground with high-quality equipment designed to increase its usage with your proposed user group.

We also have the ability to design and build, and contract supervise the installation of these facilities.

apT can also provide advice and support on:

  • How to maintain open space facilities and a long-term landscape management plan for the open spaces/facilities you are providing
  • Support on how to adopt/transfer land or facilities through negotiation
  • Play area and playing pitch strategies, actually producing it if required
  • Obtaining potential funding available for your projects

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Affordable & Specialist Housing

apT can provide expert housing advice relating to affordable and specialist housing, in both planning and delivery, the strategic vision and policy, seeking to maximising resources and developing new initiatives. We can assist in identifying local need, in addition to negotiating any specialist requirements.

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Commercial Viability

apT has development experts to assist clients in adding real value to sites by ensuring that developments are both commercially viable and deliverable, and specialise in unblocking sites.

We can provide viability assessments and reviews, development appraisals, planning viability testing, undertake planning negotiations and assist with any grant applications.

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"The success of a public space...relies on people adopting, using and managing the space – people make places, more than places make people." - Joseph Rowntree, The Social Value of Public Spaces.

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