Green Park Biodiversity, Reading

KEY FACTS

  • Client

    Oxford Properties

  • Region

    Reading

  • Main services 

    Ecology

    Drainage

    Environmental management

  • Awards

    Corporate Achievement Award 2015 , Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management

    Wildlife Trust’s Biodiversity Benchmark 2015

Green Park Biodiversity, Reading

PBA has been involved with Green Park at Junction 11 of the M4 since the early 1980s providing engineering and hydrological advice that has seen low-grade agricultural fields develop into one of the foremost business parks in the UK. An innovative approach to drainage has created a biodiversity rich landscape, dominated by Longwater Lake with its fringing reedbeds, which forms the framework for a thriving business park.

PBA’s Ecology team has worked closely with the Park’s owners, Oxford Properties, to enhance biodiversity value and promote enjoyment of the Park by business users and the local community. This approach has contributed to the delivery of Oxford Properties’ sustainability aspirations - improving the quality and value of their property offering.

These achievements were acknowledged in 2015 by two important awards. In June the Ecology team guided a submission that saw Oxford Properties successfully secure the Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management’s Award for Corporate Achievement 2015. Six months later, following a rigorous audit of ecological management and monitoring systems developed with the guidance of PBA’s Ecology team, Oxford Properties was awarded the Wildlife Trust’s Biodiversity Benchmark – making Green Park the only business park in the UK to hold such an accolade.