Here’s How 30+ Years of Environmental Consulting Expertise Saved One
Client in Melbourne $310,000 on their Residential Development.
If you’re a builder, developer or government agency needing the services of environmental consultants to resolve your town planning requirements, or to inform any property transaction, then the information contained on this page could save you tens and possibly even hundreds of thousands of dollars. Why? Because not infrequently, site remediation works need to be conducted on land before planning authorities will grant you planning permissions, and the cost of getting these remediation works done is potentially one of the most elastic and expensive variables in the cost of property development...
That’s why the expertise and experience of your environmental consultant is so important to you achieving your objective as cost effectively as possible. Atma Environmental will conduct an environmental site assessment for you before you buy, or to present to an EPA approved Contaminated Land Auditor; and if necessary, we will also manage any site remediation work that needs to be done to enable you to obtain planning approvals.
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We will bring 30 + years of experience to your project, and this experience means we typically get the job done faster and more cost effectively. But don’t just take our word for it, allow us to prove it to you. Invest a few minutes on our website now, and we’ll show you how we saved one client $310,000 off the total cost of their residential development, and how, by applying similar environmental consulting principles, we could save you significant money on your next project. Watch Video 1 now.
But How Could My Choice of Environmental Consultants Possibly Have Such a
Big Bearing on the Total Cost of Obtaining Environmental Approvals?
As someone not expert in environmental science, you could be forgiven for thinking that all environmental consultants are the same. But the truth is they aren't. And thinking that they are could be as harmful to achieving your best outcome as it would be to assume that all lawyers are the same heading into a critical litigation.
Everyone knows that the experience and quality of legal advisers differs, and that the experience of your lawyer can make an enormous difference to the success of a case. But very few people realise that the same principles hold true in environmental consulting.
But just as there is no simple cookie cutter approach to winning a court case, there is no simple cookie cutter approach to obtaining an environmental approval. The issues involved are as unique and complex as the history of the property (case), and added to that, soil testing, sampling and environmental compliance regulations are complex and intricate (just like law).
That means on any given piece of land there are a myriad of variables and approaches to be assessed and considered; and your environmental consultant's ability to choose the best, most cost-effective approach to issues like soil contaminant testing, site sampling and site remediation, can make tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars difference to your bottom line.
But, you may ask, why is this decision making so critical? Because in most cases it’s the disbursements (i.e. the costs of the site remediation works that need to be done to obtain the auditors sign off) that make up the bulk of your environmental compliance costs; NOT the consulting fees charged by your environmental consultant. And the skill, expertise and experience of your environmental consultant has a huge bearing on what these site remediation costs end up being, because there are so many different and varied ways that the site assessment works can be done.
So here's the clinch. When an environmental consultants approach, decision making and project management skills are THE most vital inputs determining the cost of obtaining the Auditors sign off, the skill, expertise and experience of your consultant becomes THE critical difference determining the overall cost effectiveness of you achieving a Certificate or Statement of Environmental Audit.
That's why Atma Environmental are the go-to environmental consultants for so many builders, government departments and property developers in Melbourne. We manage site remediation and clean up issues second to none. Our Director Glenn Berry has over 30 years experience in site remediation and contaminated land management, and he oversees every job undertaken by our company. His commitment is that your job be managed like it was his own; which is why very few companies match us for effective planning and decision making.
This experience and extra care can make a HUGE difference to your bottom line cost, (see the six figure cost saving example shown below) and if you watch Video 2 on this page now, you'll see how we go about ensuring you achieve a Certificate or Statement of Environmental Audit in the timeliest and most cost-effective manner.
Soil Contaminant Testing, Sampling & Reduced Soil Disposal Costs (Video 2 of 2)
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Here's an Example of How Our Superior Environmental Consulting & Site Remediation Services Can Translate into Six Figure Cost Savings
Imagine you're a property developer purchasing land that you’d like to create residential housing on. You engage Atma Environmental to do an environmental site assessment for you and we find a hidden environmental liability in the form of high levels of arsenic in the soil. (See a real life consulting situation like this in Video 1 on this page). Soil contamination is a potentially expensive issue on development sites, because site remediation costs can add considerable expense to any proposed residential development; in fact, in some cases these costs can be the difference between a profitable and a non-viable investment!
But armed with our environmental site assessment, you have critical information about any potential contamination issues that may affect your project. Factoring in the likely cost of the site remediation requirements, you realise that if the vendor won't compromise on price, then you need to walk away from the deal. So, using our environmental site assessment as evidence, you negotiate an $85,000 discount on the price of the land because of the known soil contamination.
Great! Next you’ll need to achieve the clean-up of the arsenic on site in the most cost effective manner possible, and this is the area where Atma Environmental excels. We consider all possible options when we plan our site remediation projects so as to be able to achieve compliance for you in the least expensive way possible.
We are also renowned for our fast job turnaround and responsive customer service, and this alone has saved many of our clients tens of thousands of dollars because time is money on land deals, and even more so on building sites (e.g. down time, interest paid on loans, site security etc). So our faster job turnaround creates additional savings. Then consider the savings we create through better on site decision making and planning (e.g. reduced soil disposal costs - see Video 2 for real life examples of how we did this for one client), better soil contaminant testing and sampling plans and you're "ïn the know" as to how our environmental consulting can add value to your land deals by producing faster, less expensive environmental audit outcomes, which means a more profitable development. In fact, savings on the example we have just discussed would easily run into six figures!
Here's How a Six Figure Cost Saving was Achieved in This Example.
Savings on Land Purchase: Negotiated discount on land as a result of identifying arsenic on site $85,000
Savings on Holding & Other Costs: Completing ahead of schedule, faster job turnaround creating savings on the bridging finance and the total costs of the loan $18,000
Reduced Soil Disposal Costs: 150m3 of soil needed to be disposed. The minimum requirement of six soil testing samples are taken, one indicating the soil is 'Category B', the other five indicate ' Category C Prescribed Industrial Waste' . Based on the highest result the soil must be classed as ' Category B' and the cost to dispose is 150 m3 x $1600/ m3 = $240,000However, realising the critical role a sophisticated soil sampling plan can have on the outcome of soil testing, Atma collected more than the minimum number of samples, (in fact our standard operating procedure is to collect at least 10 samples) and after testing the four additional samples, we were able to re-evaluate the categorisation based on a mean (average) value as ‘Category C’. The cost to dispose of soil is now 150 m3 x $220/m3 = $33,000!
The savings to our client on soil disposal alone were $207,000
TOTAL SAVINGS $310,000.
For Site Remediation & Environmental Consulting, Atma Environmental Have a Proven Record of Consistently Producing Better ResultsIf you've read this far and you've watched the videos, you now have a real understanding of how our superior procedures, methodologies and on site decision making ensure your best interests are served. So if you're looking for Environmental Consultants that understand what's important, call Atma Environmental now.
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Our Areas of Expertise Include: environmental site assessments (Phase 1 ESA, phase 2-3 ESA for contaminated land auditing and other purposes), underground fuel storage tank removal (UST decommissioning), soil contaminant testing and disposal; groundwater assessment and monitoring and the provision of expert consulting advice (environmental project management, peer review, etc).
So if you are requiring the help of Environmental Consultants in Melbourne, you can rely on Atma Environmental for fast, cost effective consulting and environmental management services, especially in regard to any issue associated with contaminated land and site remediation, environmental site assessments, ESA's, contaminated land audits, or any other environmental consulting requirements.