New Esri UK partner Temple creates biodiversity net gain assessment tool

Temple, one of the UK’s leading environment, planning and sustainability consultancies, has joined the Esri UK partner network as a Silver Partner. The new partnership enables Temple to use Esri’s GIS (Geographic Information System) technology, combined with its environmental expertise to develop innovative new software solutions for clients.


The UKHab and BNG Survey App is the first application to be launched, to help AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) organisations make decisions on development plans and meet the new biodiversity net gain (BNG) legislation, which came in to force in January 2024. This demands that all new major construction projects deliver BNG of at least 110%.

Designed to simplify the processes involved in BNG assessments, the software streamlines the workflow from field data collection to in-office assessment and provides a real time BNG score. The new app also enables the seamless use of existing UKHab surveys and conversion to BNG surveys.
This means many users can take advantage of their current ecological processes and comply with the new legislation faster and more cost effectively.

Temple specialises in providing environment, ecology, planning and sustainability consultancy services on infrastructure projects across the UK. Customers include Network Rail, TfL and the Government of Jersey.

“The new partnership has allowed us to create a best-in-class solution to meet the increasing demand for BNG solutions and improve how users carry out biodiversity surveys,” explained Mark Skelton, CEO at Temple. “By combining our vast experience in ecology, environmental impact assessments and wider scientific understanding with established Esri tools, new digital workflows mean users can now manage a project’s impact on the landscape and comply with the new law in a highly accurate and efficient way.

Additional functionality in the new tool will soon include scenario modelling, to make the comparison of potential designs more accessible and financial differences more quantifiable. Future plans include applications aimed at specific sectors and their roles in BNG, including rural landowners, local government planning authorities and land developers.

Website Esri UK
Website Temple Group

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Related posts

Scroll to Top