PBA grew from ‘Environmental and Hydrological Consultants Ltd.’ which offered a range of consultancy services specifically associated with water in the environment and civil engineering projects. These services remain as relevant today as they were 25 years ago particularly with increasing awareness of climate change and the impact it has on flood risk water resources and water quality.
The range of hydrological services that PBA can offer cover those areas most relevant to developers and environmental strategists including:
- Flood Risk Assessments – Critical to development within floodplains for less vulnerable commercial and more vulnerable residential developments
- Hydrological Surveys – Designed to provide data for decision makers. Studies are carried out to assess the impact of historic or current industrial and agricultural uses of the aquatic environment, and to extend our understanding of water resources and their interaction with ecology and how that knowledge can be used for planning gain
Complimentary environmental services include:
- Pernicious Weed Surveys – For the identification, eradication or management of non indigenous invasive plants which threaten development, such as Japanese Knotweed
- Ecological Surveys – For the management of the natural environment and provision of design criteria to benefit development
PBA undertake a range of environmental and hydrological surveys utilising in house expertise and external specialist consultants. In house specialists include environmental scientists, geologists, ecologists, hydrologists and wetland managers.
We have undertaken hydrological investigations to inform proposed developments in floodplains. These studies have assessed the potential for flooding and advised on flood alleviation methods and Catchment Management.
PBA regularly act in negotiations with the Environment Agency on behalf of the client. These discussions can relate to all aspects of the water environment including water quality, fisheries and recreation, hydrology, hydrogeology and water management regimes.