About The Project

Kingston Mills is a large historical brownfield site found in the centre of Bradford on Avon. The former wool mill and rubber works site and its buildings have been closed since 1992, and since have fallen into disrepair and dilapidation. They now pose a health and safety risk, and after 15 years permission was granted for mixed development, and plans were drawn up for 170 new homes alongside office space, retail units, cafes, a community building and riverside path, interspersed with public courtyards. But like all historical renewals, it faced some challenges.

Challenges & Objectives

Alongside the normal issues around listed and World War 2 building demolition, many buildings on the site had become places of shelter for various species of bats. This included two lesser horseshoe bat summer roots (which are very rare) and a brown long-eared bat maternity post. Since all species of brown bats and their habitats are protected under both EU and UK law, this left Linden Homes with a problem. Their development plans were in direct conflict with environmental law. Engain were brought in to help find a solution to the issue and mitigate any damage done to the bat colonies in the process.

 

 

Results

Results

We conducted a range of ecology surveys on the site, and developed a mitigation strategy in line with Natural England guidelines. This included the design and construction of a new on-site summer roots to replace those being lost, installing bat boxes to create additional sheltering habitat, repairing the existing maternity roost, and converting an old World War 2 pillbox into a hibernation roost.

When the mitigation plan was finalised, a license application for the disturbance of bats for development was sent to Natural England for review. The site was granted a license very quickly, and the proposed mitigation was constructed in full accordance with the guidelines. We have been monitoring the inhabitant colonies ever since, and are pleased to note that we are seeing both species of bats have thriving, healthy colonies following the long-term measures we designed to protect their habitats.

Partners & Stakeholders

Partners & Stakeholders

  •  Nicholas Pearson Associates
  • Linden Homes
  • Nash Partnership

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