Former ICE president George Fleming has launched the Association of Environmental and Ecological Clerk of Works (AEECoW) to improve ties between the construction industry and the environmental protection movement.
With major projects now requiring sign-off by an Environmental and Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW), Fleming said the new association will take on the crucial functions of raising industry standards and acting as as a qualifying body.
“Planning authorities require an ECoW for all major projects and this will help ensure all relevant environmental and ecological planning conditions have been adhered to and signed off,” said Fleming.
Fleming said he hoped heightened awareness of the role of the ECoW would help reduce the number of projects being stalled due to inadequate environmental compliance.
The new organisation has received considerable support from the Scottish Government and Stirling University.