In 2020, Cognition teamed up with Climate Care to offset our total annual emissions and becoming Carbon Neutral for the first time. In the same year, the company committed to stay proactive, adopting and developing more sustainable remediation methodologies, selection of materials and energy sources we use, reducing the need for offset element of our emissions. Our long-term goal is to continue improving efficiency and minimise emissions from our routine site and office operations across the board.
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A zero carbon company
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Project Management

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Planning
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Planning

With a team of experienced and highly qualified professionals in our project planning and management team, Cognition is adept at taking your project through all stages from concept, feasibility and due diligence through to value engineering, design and regulatory approval and on to implementation, project management and completion.  Our ISO9001 accredited Integrated Management System provides us with the tools to deliver your project effectively and efficiently, on time and within budget, to the quality you expect from Cognition Land and Water.

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Permitting and regulation

Cognition has an enviable track record of successfully negotiating approval of permit and licence applications with the Environment Agency, local authorities and other regulators.  Whilst the majority of our team are contractors ‘born and bred’, a significant proportion of our senior management have specialist skills and backgrounds that lend themselves to successful regulator negotiation.  For example, our Operations Director has some 20 years’ experience working within the Environment Agency and has an in-depth knowledge of the organisation and how it operates.  In addition, our Technical Director has almost 30 years’ experience working for engineering and environmental consultancies and understands their key drivers and demands.

Through the regular work we carry out in contamination remediation, earthworks and enabling works, Cognition is very familiar with obtaining approvals for Mobile Plant Permits, Materials Management Plans under DoWCoP, discharge consents (to ground and sewer), Deposit for Recovery Environmental Permits, Standard Rules and Bespoke Environmental Permits, etc.

Materials Management
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Materials Management

The sustainable management of soils is a key driver for Cognition Land and Water.  Undoubtedly, the greatest impact we can make in terms of cost, programme, sustainability, waste minimisation and carbon reduction is the proactive, systematic and meticulous management of site won soils.

 Specialist processing, picking and screening; biological and chemical treatment; stabilisation and solidification; rigorous tracking and segregation of stockpiles - all of these approaches lead to very significant reduction in unnecessary disposal to landfill with resultant savings in costs, tax and the loss of valuable materials resources.  We regularly achieve reuse or recycling of over 95% of previously marginal and contaminated soils on our projects.

 This is such an important issue for us that Cognition is a lead funder and Project Steering Group member for an upcoming CIRIA guide into the Sustainable Use of Surplus Soils and Aggregates on Construction Sites.  Being at the forefront of industry best practice gives us a valuable edge over our competition and enables us to offer cutting edge approaches and methodologies to our clients.

Building Information Modelling (BIM)
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Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Housing project management
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Housing project management

Cognition offers a turn key project management service from start to finish where we take on a project for a developer and carry out approvals, enabling works, groundworks followed by organising all the follow on trades. We manage these trades to completion of the whole build and handing over the completed properties to ensure we meet the developers budgets and programme deadlines.

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Case Studies

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