Major reclamation project in Gibraltar gets the go ahead following counsel from South West-based Engain

By Nick Batten on 16 July, 2021

Frome-based environmental specialist Engain has provided guidance to Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar,  ensuring the approval of environmental planning consent for a major reclamation project at Gibraltar’s harbour basin.

Following extensive environmental scoping, design and assessment, the 60,000sqm reclamation project adjacent to Coaling Island, in the harbour area, will open up new land on the west and east sides of ‘the Rock,’ utilising rubble that has been building up over several decades.

The reclamation was granted consent on 8th July 2021 by a majority vote during the publicly transmitted Development and Planning Commission hearing. Nikki Wood, Project EIA Director for the reclamation and Managing Director of Engain, presented information at the hearing and answered questions relating to environmental issues.

Engain was appointed by HM Government of Gibraltar in 2017 to advise on the environmental issues for the project, to inform community decision-making and perform an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for Gibraltar’s new reclamation.

Engain will continue to work with HM Government of Gibraltar throughout the project, to manage compliance with environmental protection laws and sustainability criteria.

Nikki said, “We have been working with Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar for over 20 years and were honoured to advise on key environmental and sustainability issues surrounding the reclamation project at Coaling Island. We are delighted that the project has been given the green light and look forward to working alongside HM Government of Gibraltar as the works progress.”

Engain’s Environmental Statement and the information contained in the Non-Technical Summary were also praised by the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia.

Anyone with questions around the environmental impact and sustainability of their development can contact Engain on enquiries@engain.com or call the team on 01225 459564.

Pictured: (above) Nikki Wood, Project EIA Director for the reclamation and Managing Director of Engain (top of page) the Gibraltar land reclamation site