Stephenson Halliday were commissioned by Cemex to provide landscape services for the proposed extension to Divet Hill Quarry, Northumberland.
Our landscape architects worked closely with our client to prepare detailed existing and proposed phasing plans for the scheme, including the volumetric analysis of yield and overburden material using LSS terrain modelling software. They also worked closely with the ecologist, Wildlife Trust and RSPB to develop an achievable and detailed progressive restoration scheme for the site, sensitive to the surrounding landscape. The proposals included a mosaic of habitats with new areas of unique Whin Grassland habitat and a net gain in biodiversity across the site.
We also produced a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment for the scheme, which was submitted as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment application in 2019.
Following the successful approval of the application, the scheme was announced as winner of the best Planned Restoration Category at the MPA Restoration & Biodiversity Awards 2019. Judges described it as a ‘fantastic example of progressive restoration of a rock quarry’ and were impressed by the clear plan to deliver a range of habitats and realise the unique opportunity presented by quarrying to deliver regional priorities and wider landscape-scale benefits.