Unity announces latest professional team appointment

The team behind Unity Yorkshire is delighted to announce the appointment of FPCR Environment and Design Ltd as the scheme’s ecological and landscape consultants.

The leading design and environmental practice, which is headquartered in Derby but also has an office in York, has been involved in the Unity scheme since before the formation of the Waystone Hargreaves Land joint venture.

Helen Mcloughlin, director at Waystone Hargreaves Land LLP said: “Given FPCR’s prior knowledge of the site the firm has been chosen as a long-term partner on future work relating to the ecological and landscape elements of the project.

“FPCR has a valuable mix of multi-disciplinary expertise enabling them to assist on large-scale and complex projects such as Unity. The team is already familiar with the project and we look forward to working with them to enhance the quality of the environment across the site.”

FPCR has undertaken a variety of ecological surveys and assessments, including surveys for water voles and other wildlife. The firm is liaising with Natural England as part of their work in planning and designing a future receptor area for water voles. This is due to start in the new year so that it will be possible to translocate water voles into the new area in Spring 2022.

Commenting on the firm’s appointment, Tim Jackson, director at FPCR said: “Unity is a site of significant regional importance and we are pleased to be a part of the professional team advising on the best ways to protect the environment, whilst developing an attractive landscaped setting.”