Having Marc van Grieken as part of your project team ensures that the landscape assessment will be credible and robust. His wealth of experience in renewables is a major asset that brings significant added value.
Marc has a unique insight in to the planning process for wind farms in Scotland and understands the need to balance development with the need to protect our most valued landscapes.
It’s always reassuring to find out that Marc is the appointed landscape architect in an Appeal. I have worked with Marc on a number of wind farms at Appeal and application stage. His advice is always definitive and delivered in straightforward and convincing terms. He brings considerable experience to the Appeal team and often contributes on wider strategic points- which is immensely valuable.
I had the great pleasure of working with Marc on many occasions. As a member of the expert panel which A+DS called upon to engage in project reviews, Marc consistently demonstrated his design expertise across master planning, landscape and visual impact assessment.
Marc always contributed positivity and with vision, in addition to undertaking the role in a wholly professional and courteous manner.
Marc and I have worked on dozens of projects over nearly 20 years. He is a great guy to work with, being utterly responsive to the needs of clients, able to deliver on time (a rarity in this field) and somebody who doesn’t get too hung up on methodological issues, but gets down to the work.
He has also been my witness at numerous public inquiries. He is that reassuring mixture of a safe pair of hands in the witness box and somebody who I associate with more successes than failures. He delivers under pressure and has always thought carefully through the position he adopts.
Calm, authoritative and persuasive as an expert witness…Marc is one of the safest pairs of hands in the business.
I have worked with Marc van Grieken on several high profile electricity transmission developments over the past decade. During this time I have found Marc’s experience and knowledge invaluable to the planning and designing of proposals which meet the complex balance of landscape, environmental, social, technical and economic issues which this particular type of project gives rise to.
Marc’s knowledge and understanding of these issues, including his open and honest engagement with stakeholders throughout the process, helped develop and evolve our proposals through the design and assessment phases to give the best chance of gaining consent.