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Our Story

Environments for People was formed in 2009 to provide a complete service for Ecological and Environmental advice and construction. The founding Directors, Hugh Roberts and David Patrick, saw a need for a company that could bridge the gap between Environmental Consultants and Environmental Contractors to deliver projects for clients. Experience showed that the gap between consultants and contractors too often led to poorly executed projects which missed ‘the vision’ behind the original plan. The company provides environmental consultancy and environmental contracting – bringing wide experience and sound advice to ensure projects are delivered correctly.

In 2021, Hugh was took retirement from the business and the company now focusses on consultancy work - particularly the provision of highly experienced Environmental Clerk of Works and Ecological Clerk of Works services to the power, utility, renewables and infrastructure sectors.

Working independantly or with our specialist partners including archaologists (for Archaeological Clerk of Works), environmental laborotories (for sample analysis) and specilist ecologists and species surveyors, we are able to provide a high quality, experienced and cost effective service to our clients.

The overriding company ethos is to provide clients with a complete service tailored to their needs, however large or small the project. This not only includes giving good value service and sound advice to our clients, but also informing the client and advising about the impact of information which comes to light over the project to help the project succeed. Our partnership approach to projects allows us work with our clients to deliver informed and sustainable projects to budget, whether they be a school nature area, an urban park restoration or a multi-million pound construction project.


David Patrick has over 30 years hands on and managerial experience in the land and water environmental enginering field. Starting at the International Centre for Landscape Ecology, and moving on to become the UK’s first Conservation Officer in the Internal Drainage Board industry at the established Yorkshire land drainage engineering firm of Grantham Brundell & Farran. David developed a thorough understanding of the theory and practice of land and water management. Throughout the 13 years at GBF (latterly JBA Consulting), David was influential in the development of environmental engineering consultancy before setting up Environments for People.

Since 2016 David has been the Onshore Environmental Clerk of Works (EnCoW) for construction works for the two largest offshore windfarsm in the works - Hornsea 1 and 2.  In 2022 he has been providing EnCoW and ACoW services to the Scottish & Southern Energy Networks ED1 project to replace Scottish Island Marine Interconnectors.


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