New headquarters for Midlands environmental consultancy on the back of growing demand for its services

A bumper crop of new work and new clients has seen thriving Midlands environmental consultancy Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants move into larger premises with the aid of property agency John Truslove.

Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants provide topographical surveys, tree and ecology advice, working on a wide range of projects for a variety of clients that include developers, architects, planners, local authorities and landowners, nationwide.

Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants founder Peter Wharton said: “We have a passion for the environment, and its appropriate management and enhancement’. We are realistic and commercially minded. We are looking for the best long-term solutions for our clients that also benefit the environment. It is that approach that has helped us grow so quickly.

“A lot of our growth is down to our team of ecologists and arboriculturists who enable us to offer a better service in terms of capability and capacity.

“We are working on some large scale developments across the UK, ensuring a balance between the needs of people and the need to protect and enhance the environment. It’s about care for existing landscape that we live in and improving them with well planned and implemented design which integrate tree and ecological benefits. There has been a major change in attitude over recent years and people want to be a part of the countryside.

“We are helping produce developments that will produce benefits for our children and grandchildren. It’s very much the attitude the Victorians had, of building for the future.

“It is why we are involved with HS2. It’s been a controversial project, with the impact on ancient woodland, but by being engaged with the developers we can make sure things are done in the best way, with care for the environment.”

Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants has seen growth of 20% per year over the past four years, therefore classing the business as “high growth”, but also leading to a need for new premises to cater for its 10-strong team as it outgrew its former home at Minerva Mill in Alcester.

Working with Ben Truslove, joint managing director at property consultants John Truslove, Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants has now taken 1,035 sq ft of office space at Old Vicarage, Alcester Road in Coughton, near Alcester, on a five year term.

“Ben and the team at John Truslove have been brilliant, really helpful throughout the process as we got the premises ready for us to move in. They are much more suitable to our needs and have had a real impact on our efficiency, along with some of the new technology we are now using. Instead of all working in once office we can now separate out, which helps us focus on the job in hand.

“As well as making us more efficient for our clients it is also helping us reduce our operating costs. It’s a great result.”

Ben Truslove added: “Helping a firm find the right premises is part of the DNA of our business here at John Truslove. It makes all the difference to how a business operates, enabling its people to worker better and smarter, improving their efficiency and the efficiency – and profitability – of the wider company.

“Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants is a growing business in an increasingly busy sector and these offices will provide the platform for further secure growth in the future. We wish them well.”

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