Nature-positive strategy and site biodiversity net gain

Ramboll advised a global pharmaceutical company on increasing the biodiversity value at key global sites as part of the client’s nature-positive ambitions. A biodiverse and vibrant corporate campus was created using a regenerative design approach informed by ecological principles, where people and nature flourish.
Biodiverse stream in front of terracing orchard and office buildings
Biodiverse stream in front of terracing orchard and office buildings
Ramboll was engaged by a global pharmaceutical company with corporate aspirations to have a net zero impact on climate and a net positive impact on nature by 2030.
Nature positive at key sites
As part of the client’s nature positive goals, Ramboll developed a methodology to quantifiably increase biodiversity value at all their key global sites, including creating biodiversity design plans for each one. The sites are in North America, UK, Europe, North Africa and Asia, and are spread across a range of climatic zones with high biodiversity potential. They range in size from small urban spaces to large campuses.
Designing a site to maximise biodiversity
As part of a pilot study in 2021, Ramboll was appointed to establish the biodiversity baseline of the client’s flagship site in England, and to redesign the existing landscape to maximise biodiversity. The site was designed in the 1990s, with large open areas of mown grass and over-mature non-native shrub planting, which had limited biodiversity value. Our landscape proposals transformed this corporate campus using a regenerative design approach informed by biodiversity net gain principles.
The landscape design has a strong focus on biodiversity enhancement and habitat creation – achieving a 40% net gain in biodiversity – whilst maximising opportunities for employees’ interaction with nature.
The scheme consists of two hectares of redesigned landscape areas including the main courtyard, an amphitheatre and terracing orchard, a network of boardwalks and nature interpretation platforms along an existing lake, a new wildlife pond and a perimeter nature trail, incorporating areas of the more valuable woodland on site. Working with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, we created wildflower meadows and a medicinal garden filled with plants used in pharmaceutical products, providing an important connection between nature and the client's core business.
Visioning for biodiversity
Ramboll’s scope of work commenced at pre-concept stage, developing a design vision in coordination with the client team to understand ideas, opportunities, and constraints. The visioning proposals were shared and presented to all staff during a biodiversity volunteering event centred around the campus transformation, and online. We subsequently incorporated feedback and progressed with full scope of landscape services (RIBA 3 - 6 and planning).
Science-Based Targets for Nature
The client is transforming its workplaces for nature and for employee wellbeing, with the quantified biodiversity data being used to inform their alignment with Science Based Targets for Nature. It is important that the client's biodiversity goals are optimised, achievable, and progress towards them is measurable. This is ensured by the use of biodiversity metrics, design plans, and management plans.

Corporate  biodiversity in numbers

  • : 49
    quantified biodiversity baselines for key global sites, meeting client KPI
  • : 38
    biodiversity design plans and long-term management plans will be completed by 2025 in line with further client KPIs
  • : 40%
    biodiversity net gain at flagship UK site
Courtyard and medicinal garden
Courtyard and medicinal garden

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