Natural Resource Protection and Environmental Enhancement

Natural resources include water, food, fuel and air. Considering that these natural resources are currently declining at a steady rate it is important to try and protect what remains and attempt to enhance the environment.

Environmental Impacts

In Water Haven a substantial residual management plan (RMP) will be implemented prior to construction as the site is a former brown field site and therefore governed by an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) license. Consequently prior to construction the EPA will have a major role ensuring that environmental impacts are minimized throughout construction, while also insisting on the presence of an environmental officer on site at all times to ensure environmental best practice and minimal environmental impacts. In order to achieve the aforementioned best practice the RMP will act as the guideline document and will oversee and manage the following areas:

  • Removal of remaining scrap metal and old foundry equipment.
  • Management of outstanding wastes such as foundry sand.
  • Testing of water in pits, followed by filling of pits.
  • Underground storage tank detection, cleaning and safe removal.
  • Testing and cleaning of drainage system, sumps and bunds.
  • Installation of ground water monitoring wells and on going quarterly monitoring.
  • On going surface water and leachate monitoring in accordance with EPA license conditions.
  • Safe removal of localized areas of soil contamination.
  • Site investigation, noise management plan and environmental risk assessment management plan.

Biodiversity

The Bolster Group has accounted for biodiversity in Water Haven by incorporating a comprehensive tree planting programme to provide a significant green framework throughout courtyards, roof gardens, winter gardens and waterfront area. Flower heads will also be left on plants, after they have gone to seed, thereby providing a food source for birds and small mammals.

3D images highlighting a variety of proposed landscape features in the Water Haven Development

Supply Chain

The Bolster Group believes that the construction industry possesses huge potential for supply chain management due to the large volume of waste and problems within the industry as a result of obsolete and myopic control of the construction supply chain. There is potential throughout the Bolster Group to appraise whole life cycle costs and to immediately implement supply chain techniques such as Just in Time (JIT) to help control the movement of materials allowing for one time entry and the elimination of superfluous unsustainable administrative activities and waste.

While the economy is slow, the Bolster group is researching a sustainable procurement policy to encourage the supply chain to submit prices for sustainable products and also investigate our environmental impact in terms of resource use, waste, energy and climate change. This will facilitate a sustainable and better management approach to procurement during the construction stage of the project. It is noteworthy that the site location also lends itself to the delivery of raw materials via the River Suir in a barge which will further enhance the sustainability of the Water Haven project.

Resource Use

Bolster Group are currently in the process of measuring and monitoring the raw materials, consumables and commodities that we use across all our sites and contracts in order to understand the full life cycle impacts of these materials on the environment. The Bolster Group will identify our top ten procured products and formulate a resource use model to highlight the environmental, economical and social impacts of these products.

Already the Bolster Group have reduced resource use substantially by implementing an energy efficiency policy in head office and on construction sites by turning off lights, computers, electric heaters and plant when not in use. Such a measure was achieved by simple training and information talks to all staff on energy and environmental awareness. The Bolster Group have also eliminated waste on site by ordering more accurate quantities and also purchasing alternative materials with higher recycled content and no ingredients hazardous to staff or the environment.