Energy and infrastructure

From new nuclear and unconventional gas to renewables, waste and airports, our team has worked across the UK to help create vital new infrastructure.

Our team has specific experience of NSIP consultations and the Planning Act 2008 and we have devised and implemented engagement and consultation programmes to work directly with communities potentially hosting new infrastructure.

A selection of projects executives have handled include:

North London Waste Authority

Chelgate was appointed to handle communications for North London Waste Authority (NLWA) for the procurement of two waste to energy plants in north London, one to be the largest of its kind in Europe. These were to replace the existing incinerator in Edmonton which had been operating since the 1970s.

NLWA operates across the seven London boroughs to the north of the Thames including Camden, Haringey, Waltham Forest, Enfield, Barnet, Hackney and Islington. The authority covers over two million residents and processes over 850,000 tonnes of waste a year.

The programme included local political and community engagement and monitoring, a roadshow and on-street canvassing around 25 key areas, new websites, a new brand, a new social media strategy and general advertising.

Hinkley Point, Somerset

A new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point will be the first for a generation in the UK, and it is being delivered by EDF Energy. Work involved undertaking consultation for the new Development Consent Order (DCO) consultation process – in fact, this was the first project under the new regulations, and the first stage was consultation on the form and management of the construction.

The programme included 34 public exhibitions; 67 meetings with local authorities and other stakeholder groups; directly engaging with 6,480 consultees; attracted 109,000 unique visitors to the project website; and prompted 2,000 responses;

Construction of the new power is station is now well under way, with it expected to be fully operational by 2025.

OPDE

A leading Spanish solar developer retained Chelgate to handle five applications for solar parks in East Sussex, Wiltshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. We helped promote the projects to the local communities including, online (website & social media), canvassing, exhibitions, town presentations and other local briefings.

HS2

HS2 is one of the largest civil engineering projects in the UK since Victorian times. It will become the backbone of the UK rail network serving 25 stations and connecting around 30 million people. The investment is huge, and the project will be a catalyst for growth bringing an estimated £92billion in benefits. It will create 25,000 jobs to construct it, and the 3,000 more to run it.

The initial consultation role was to identify all the ‘affected parties’ along the proposed corridor, and to engage and consult with them.

A total of 12 meeting venues along the route were organised. Meetings involved various members of the client team, and often the affected party brought their lawyers, local councillors and in some instances, their local MP.

The new rail link is expected to be completed by 2030.

Gildemeister

Gildemeister appointed Chelgate to manage communications following an incident at their site in south Wales. Chelgate worked closely with the Gildemeister team to engage local stakeholders and ensure that the solar project could be delivered on time.

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