As part of our A-one+ commitment to sustainable project outcomes, the scope of work on our recent A64 Barton Hill Improvement scheme presented unique opportunities to provide a sustainable legacy for the local community.
As part of scheme development, the scheme was subject to an ecological and landscape assessment, with an Environmental Study Report produced. Measures identified through this process were factored into the scheme design and construction proposals, including methods of working, supervision requirements and recommended best practice measures.
A number of trees with suitability for bats were recorded. Bat activity surveys and climbed inspections were carried out in advance of works commencing. A large oak tree that had to be removed was retained throughout the construction phase until bat activity surveys confirmed that the tree could be felled.
Working with a local artist, the felled tree is to be used to make bird and bat boxes that will erected along the road. Each item will bear the longitude and latitude of where the tree originally stood. These co-ordinates will serve as a historical record, and create a wonderfully unique and ‘circle of life’ approach to sustainability on this project. To ensure the maximum re-use possible of the felled tree, the local artist was on site with our works team to discuss and agree how to remove the tree, allowing maximum re-use.
It was considered important that the tree resources can be utilised in celebrating its life and using it to support and encourage the environment that it was part of.