A detailed understanding of environmental legislation means we have the expertise to offer sound advice on all aspects of the built and natural environment, at every stage of the development process - from project inception to construction and beyond.

Conserving ecosystems while meeting the needs of our clients and wider society is just one part of Axis’ sustainable agenda: our expertise extends to cover all elements of sustainability, including landscape, heritage, health and socioeconomics.

Where the built environment and the natural environment converge is where we aim our focus: we help create sustainable developments that are sensitive to their surroundings yet commercially viable delivering the essential services and needs for a sustainable and successful society.

Since 1999, our diverse team of specialists has led the planning process for major infrastructure development projects with the technical knowledge and skill that comes only with experience.

We help our clients apply for planning permissions, refining briefs, and offering strategic advice so that when the time comes to apply for planning permission, each project is optimised for success.

Environmental assessments

Understanding how major development affects the environment is key to designing sensitive projects that respect the natural world, along with the amenity and heritage of our communities.

We’re specialists in Environmental Impact Assessments, coordinating internal and external teams who regularly carry out sustainability appraisals, biodiversity net gain calculations and other environmental assessments. We establish how a development will sit in its surroundings and identify opportunities or constraints.

Surveys and studies

Our knowledgeable team conducts initial feasibility studies to assess a project’s viability in its planned setting. 

We produce environmental assessments that focus on key issues which could impact the environment but also allow the successful delivery of a project that meets our clients’ needs.

Crucial to this is understanding a development’s nature, purpose and possible impact on the environment and identifying critical risks and mitigation strategies.

We also conduct and commission environmental baseline surveys, specialist studies and appropriate assessments for developments that will affect UK and European designated conservation sites.

Specialist studies include:

  • Landscape and Visual Assessments
  • Ecological surveys
  • Archaeology and heritage assessments
  • Noise monitoring surveys and assessments
  • Air quality assessment, including detailed dispersion modelling 
  • Geo-Environmental investigation and assessment
  • Tree surveys
  • Socio-Economic assessment
  • Carbon reporting and Greenhouse Gas Assessment
Our clients

Environmental policy advice

Local, regional and national environmental policies can all have an impact on the prospect of development success. We provide candid and early advice to our clients on relevant environmental policy areas and how they might impact their projects.

Our expert team liaises regularly with statutory consultees like Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage and Natural Resources Wales to ensure our projects are legislatively compliant and can proceed without delay.

View our environmental projects


UK First Compressed Air Energy Storage Demonstration Facility


Core Valley Lines Transformation


Burwell Solar Farm


Carbon Capture Utilisation and Demonstration Facility

Residential, Commercial & Industrial, Regeneration & Placemaking

The Island Quarter


Penvose Student Village