Environmental due diligence provides essential information on the potential environmental risks and liabilities associated with a site. At Malcolm Hollis our in-house team provides pragmatic, integrated and commercial advice, quickly and cost-effectively.

Property stakeholders are increasingly recognising the importance of the proper consideration of environmental issues at every stage in the property life-cycle.  Whether it’s contaminated land, flooding or the implications of the presence of deleterious materials within a building, our combination of technical expertise and in-depth knowledge of the regulatory environment means that we are trusted by clients and regulators alike to provide objective, commercial advice.

Our in-house team comprises experts with a long track record in property due diligence, working in collaboration with a network of highly-respected industry specialists.  Naturally, many environmental issues dovetail with our range of Energy and Sustainability services (such as environmental and social governance – ESG) but their consideration also cuts across many of our other services.  So, combined with our unrivalled experience in building surveys, dilapidations, M&E, projects (including work involving party walls) you can be confident that our comprehensive advice embraces environmental risks and sustainability issues.

If environmental issues are identified and handled at an early stage this ensures that costly delays are minimised.  Properly assessed it may be that further investigation and remediation is unnecessary.  However, if further investigation is necessary we ensure that it is targeted, proportionate and carefully scoped.  Our highly commercial approach means we are acutely aware of the need to close out environmental issues within the deal time-frame.

Offering a wide range of environmental services we provide rapid turnaround red-flag reports, full Phase I Environmental Assessments and bespoke portfolio risk screenings, providing institutionally acceptable risk rankings for sites.  We design Phase II intrusive investigations to understand potential soil and groundwater liabilities and use our human health and environmental risk assessment expertise as the basis for robust remediation options appraisal, ensuring optimal remediation design.  We are also able to validate and sign-off remediation schemes and monitor environmental compliance and impact throughout the duration of a development project.  For clients requiring environmental permits, we take time to emphasise the importance of adopting Best Available Techniques (BAT) to avoid potentially huge costs to retrofit abatement.