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Temple partners with Esri to create biodiversity tool

by Mark Cantrell
An environmental, planning, and sustainability consultancy has created a new software tool it says will help developers meet England's new biodiversity rules.

An environmental, planning, and sustainability consultancy has created a new software tool it says will help developers meet England’s new biodiversity rules.

Temple’s software tool for assessing biodiversity net gain is the first fruit born of its relationship with Esri UK, having joined its partner network as a Silver Partner.

Through this partnership, it has given Temple access to Esri’s Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, enabling it to combine this facility with its environmental expertise, and develop innovative software solutions for clients.

The UKHab and BNG Survey App is the first application to be launched, to help architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) organisations make decisions on development plans, and meet the new biodiversity net gain (BNG) legislation

BNG rules came in to force in February 2024, and demand that all new major construction projects deliver BNG of at least 110%.

Mark Skelton, Temple’s chief executive, said: “The new partnership has allowed us to create a best-in-class solution to meet the increasing demand for BNG solutions, and improve how users carry out biodiversity surveys.

“By combining our vast experience in ecology, environmental impact assessments and wider scientific understanding with established Esri tools, new digital workflows mean users can now manage a project’s impact on the landscape and comply with the new law in a highly accurate and efficient way.

“Becoming an Esri UK Silver Partner is a milestone in Temple’s 25-year history. Both organisations share the same ethos regarding sustainability, and we are delighted to transition from a long-standing Esri customer to partner, moving from pure consultancy to providing software and services.

“We look forward to working alongside Esri UK to accelerate sustainable action within the UK’s current and emerging regulatory environmental frameworks.”

Designed to simplify the processes involved in BNG assessments, the software streamlines the workflow from field data collection to in-office assessment and provides a real time BNG score.

The new app also enables the seamless use of existing UKHab surveys and conversion to BNG surveys. This means many users can take advantage of their current ecological processes, and comply with the new legislation faster and more cost effectively.

Temple specialises in providing environment, ecology, planning and sustainability consultancy services on infrastructure projects across the UK. Customers include Network Rail, Transport for London and the Government of Jersey.

Additional functionality in the new tool will soon include scenario modelling, to make the comparison of potential designs more accessible and financial differences more quantifiable. Future plans include applications aimed at specific sectors and their roles in BNG, including rural landowners, local government planning authorities and land developers.

Craig Evenden, head of AEC at Esri UK, said: “Already widely used in ecology and conservation, GIS applications help users understand the state of biodiversity and reveal insights into complex environmental challenges. Temple’s new application is a robust offering, building on Esri’s proven technology so BNG can be both determined and delivered, ensuring environmental sustainability and compliance with the new legislation.”


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