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      Biodiversity Net Gain

      When the property sector was still grappling with mitigating environmental harm in development a decade ago, Bidwells was busy pioneering a start-to-finish net gain solution for a developer with a biodiversity deficit.


      Pioneering an ahead-of-its-time biodiversity net gain solution for the development industry

      Thaxted was the first biodiversity offsetting scheme of its kind in the UK. Nine years on, we’ve advised on net gain for projects delivering a total of 25,000 homes and 15m sq ft of commercial space, with a GDV of £15bn.

      Wildlife habitat creation was once seen as peripheral to the development process – just another complex problem to put on the long list of complex problems to be solved during planning.

      It’s still complex, but having a credible biodiversity plan for your scheme is becoming integral to securing permission and maximising end values.

      Impending legislation will soon make it a legal requirement to deliver a 10% net gain during development. Some forward-thinking local authorities across the Oxford to Cambridge Arc are already demanding 15%.

      To pull together cost-effective and credible solutions you need a close familiarity with ecology objectives, encyclopaedic land market knowledge and the contractual expertise to secure the right type of land interest

      Service options

      Development Consultancy

      Our clients come to us for advice because we’ve been developing and managing science parks and city centre innovation districts in Cambridge, Oxford and Milton Keynes for more than half a century.

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      Development Funding and Joint Ventures

      Our unique understanding of the nuts and bolts of developing property assets for the science and technology sector means we can find and select the right partner to help turn your vision into a reality.

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      Financial Modelling

      Maximising your development returns in the science and technology space takes highly specialist knowledge. Building laboratories and growing science clusters is about more than developing commercial property.

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      Land Assembly

      Whether you’re looking to create an out-of-town science park or a city centre research hub, acquiring land or joining forces with neighbours provides an opportunity to think big.

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      Pre-letting and Leasing Strategy

      By leveraging our expert market insight into what science and tech occupiers need from their space and business location, you can align your proposals to fund and develop with confidence.

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      Project Management

      Our project managers are a dominant force in the science and tech sector, in recent years delivering over £2.4million sq ft of S&T space across the Ox-Cam Arc.

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      Site and Option Analysis

      With five decades of experience delivering science and technology projects, we have comparable data to inform the viability and opportunity of development across the Oxford to Cambridge Arc.

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      Sourcing Off-market and Market Opportunities

      Moving into this exciting asset class means fighting off the competition. Our comprehensive knowledge of our chosen markets helps you access and thrive in the science and technology marketplace.

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      Strategic Planning Advice

      Securing planning permission locks value into your development, but it is the early strategic and creative planning advice that creates it.

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      How else can we help?

      More of our science and tech capabilities

      Investing in Science and Technology

      Science campus and innovation district asset management

      Developing science and technology assets

      Occupier consultancy

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