Monday, March 12, 2012

News: Eye wins climate change advisory roles


Eye, the Rotherham-based development and asset management firm, has been appointed alongside ARUP to provide training on viability issues associated with government climate change requirements.

Eye and ARUP will be training local authority planners across Yorkshire and the Humber.

Recognising its growing expertise in this area, Eye has also been appointed to the Planning and Climate Change Review Panel for Yorkshire and the Humber.

Established and managed by Integreat Plus, the panel aims to enhance the skills and knowledge for planners to deal with climate change mitigation and adaptation, and encourage communities to take positive action on climate change.

Eye's role will be to provide advice on project viability.

Jon Sawyer, managing director at Eye, said: "Despite funding cuts, climate change remains an area with great potential for economic growth in which the UK can lead and grow.

"I'm delighted that Eye will be playing an important role in helping deliver projects seeking to address climate change issues."

Based at the Rope Works in Rotherham town centre, Eye has been involved in realising a number of difficult schemes in regeneration and social housing with schemes still underway despite the difficulties posed by the recession. A particular factor in this is devising clever financial solutions to make otherwise unviable developments happen.

One recent project saw Eye's client, City Heart, sign a development agreement on the Orchard Park redevelopment project in Hull. The development will see a redevelopment of the existing shopping parade to provide 1,300 sq m of retail initially and as the market improves, 1,000 sq m to of new larger retail units.

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