A local engineering, planning, and surveying firm has recruited an environmental scientist to meet the legislation of environmental awareness.
Stratum Consultants, who range in single house, large sub division and commercial and industrial developments, has added to its services with the recruitment of Environmental Scientist Alan Woodger, who will ensure the firm can offer a more integrated process.
“We can now assess if there are contaminants, and what that means for the land and how best to approach them from within our team rather than outsourcing this service, which allows us to provide a more comprehensive suite of land development services for our clients,” says Tauranga Planning manager Shae Crossan.
She says not only does this give Stratum Consultants a more comprehensive land development suite of services, but they now have one of the most experienced Engineering Scientists within their team.
“Alan has over 10 years of experience in this field and that's pretty hard to come by, what's more he has worked in the region for the last four years so he has a good working local knowledge too. We're very pleased to have him join our growing team. “
The move is in response to the change in legislature some years ago requiring a more stringent focus on contaminated land assessment.
Alan Woodger says with the legislation is here to stay and a growing climate of environmental awareness it's about increasing best practices at the firm.
“Land contamination is based on progressive exposure to contaminants rather than acute exposure. It's a complex field but a vital one that forms a part of all land development projects,” he says.
“Being able to offer this service from within the firm means we can draw on the expertise of our full team to assess the land and then provide highly effective solid solutions for our clients.”
Shae says the industry is now more aware of the risks to land owners based on previous uses of the land.
“A lot of land being developed now has a previous history. Making sure we are developing land that is safe to live or work on is vitally important. Alan complements our team and our ability to provide this.”
Alan says he wanted to work at Stratum Consultants because of their ability to assist across all disciplines.
“Stratum has a broader range of clients, projects and skillsets within the firm than many others.
“There's planning, civil, structural and geotech all under one roof here. They have a great reputation and I got a lot of positive recommendations, which is one of the things that drew me to Stratum Consultants. I wanted to be a part of it.”
Stratum Consultants employs a team of Engineers, Planners and Surveyors with offices across the region in Tauranga, Rotorua, Te Puke and Opotiki.