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An award was made by the Royal Town Planning Institute in 2004 for "Bringing the Railway Back to March". This was in recognition of the professional roles played to enable Network Rail to move from Temple Mills to Cambridgeshire allowing the Channel Tunnel Rail Link to utilise their East London premises. Permissions were thus granted to create a state of the art engineering base known as Whitemoor LDC to serve East Anglia and Southeast England. The citation was that the award was given to the whole team for the high quality and sensitivity of the environmental aspects of the scheme and the consultation undertaken to achieve it.

While working with Wardell Armstrong Elizabeth was deeply involved in this project. This included leading the landscape and ecology members of the team in the preparation of an Environmental Statement to accompany the planning application, masterplanning, detailed design, specification, tendering and interviewing potential Contractors, site supervision with the assistance of a full-time on site ecological clerk of works and preparation of a 20 year Management Plan for the LDC and the receptor site for 9 ha of acid grassland. Ancillary consultation included discussion with HMP Whitemoor, local residents and user groups, DEFRA and Natural England. The project included the following unusual features;

* Specialist botanical survey, seed collection, lifting turves and containerising of rare plants for replanting. Design to replicate substrate, orientation and water table for the saved and seeded plants.

* Preparation of Method Statement, achieving DEFRA Licence for translocation of great crested newts over 22ha in winter, capture and safe retention in secure habitat reserves for later release into new / managed habitat.

* Preparation of Method Statement to drain existing pond, capture notable beetles and return to new pond.

* Strip, substrate strip and relocation of acid grassland soils both on site and following overnight transportion by rail to a donor site on the opposite side of the East Coast Mainline.

* Planting design with native tree, shrub and hedge mixes plus some ornamental species in choice locations.

* Management Plans to conserve and monitor the whole in the long term.

A National Transport Award was made later in 2004 for the same scheme.
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