Nicola joined Bidwells in 2019 and is a chartered surveyor with professional expertise in acquisition, project, estates and asset management with a focus on energy and infrastructure.
Having graduated from Heriot-Watt University in 2000 with a BSc (Hons) in Estate Management, Nicola has focused her career on telecoms infrastructure, energy and renewables. She has a personal interest in environmental matters and so is pleased to also be involved in a professional capacity.
Her property expertise has been garnered both individually and as part of multidisciplinary teams, across in-house and external parties.
Nicola is vastly experienced in securing land rights for renewable projects including site investigation works, main site option and leases, wind protection leases, oversail and access pinch point agreements.
In support of projects she has negotiated commercial and practical terms for site crossing, wake loss and restoration agreements.
She has advised on grid export cable options to developers including the negotiation of disturbance agreements with landowners for private wire, contestable and/or noncontestable works to include, where applicable, the facilitation of DNOs, wayleaves and cable servitudes.
Experience also includes acquisition, planning, site share, site management and project management services for telecoms clients and infrastructure owners.
Post development stage advice
Provision of advice to both construction and asset management teams post financial close stage of projects including close communication with landowners throughout.
Property due diligence
Liaised with internal and external parties to timeously conduct property due diligence of developer’s financial close projects for sites throughout Scotland, including provision of financial projections due under the lease(s) and other land related contracts.
Grid export connections
Negotiated and secured construction and subsequent landlord servitude rights for over 9km of private wire and; grid route construction agreements for the delivery of over 15km of contestable works in Kintyre.
Control of woodland removal policy compliance
Identified and negotiated offsite compensatory planting agreements to satisfy project specific planning conditions imposed to replenish windfarm felling programmes.
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