Commissioning environmental assessments

Environmental matters are essential to real-estate practice, corporate transactions and construction development.

This section examines the types of environmental service required by chartered surveyors and real-estate advisers as these become more numerous and broader in scope in order to meet demand. It begins by introducing the key reasons for undertaking an environmental assessment, before discussing these in the context of real-estate transactions.

The practical aspects of selecting, appointing and using environmental consultants themselves are also considered. A summary is provided in the form of a checklist of key points.

This section is maintained by Tom Wells, Technical Director, Waterman Infrastructure and Environment Ltd.