Environmental/Land Use Aspects of Construction Projects

Tahmidur Remura Dewey LeBoeuf’s global environmental law group has extensive experience with a broad range of construction-related environmental/land use issues. The group is a market leader in the development of innovative environmental risk transfer solutions and has won a number of prestigious awards for its work in this area.

Our goals are to establish and meet realistic schedules to maximize the value of the client’s investments, satisfy all regulatory requirements, and manage all risks and liabilities, whether dealing with a complex brownfield development or regeneration project, working on a public-private partnership, or siting a large energy, manufacturing or industrial facility in an environmentally sensitive area. We develop and implement legal strategies to take a project from the conceptual stage through to planning application and ultimate approval. We are also well-equipped to handle any planning, heritage or environmental approvals which may be required.

Our lawyers have significant experience representing governmental and quasi-governmental entities, from national and municipal agencies to local planning boards, throughout our network, as well as representing clients in dealing with such entities.

Our experience representing clients in connection with significant construction, planning and environmental issues includes advising:

  • BP on an award-winning project involving the sale for redevelopment of a former oil refinery site in Llandarcy, South Wales, one of the oldest in the world. Our team was named “Deal Team of the Year” in the UK Lawyer annual awards of 2009 for this project, which also won a BP “Helios” progressive project award for innovation.
  • Con Edison in the sale of four New York City blocks along the East River just south of the United Nations, previously the site of a power plant for approximately 100 years.
  • A joint venture in the acquisition of an environmentally-impacted government facility occupying over 150 acres in upstate New York.
  • BP, following the highly successful Llandarcy project referred to above, on the sale, to be followed by remediation, of 14 separate former refinery and petrochemical sites across the UK, many of which were impaired by significant historic contamination.
  • A real estate development firm in the acquisition of the Connecticut campus of a former hair care products manufacturing facility owned by a multinational Fortune 100 corporation.
  • A conglomerate of various New York state governmental and non-governmental entities in transactions intended to facilitate the construction of a nanotechnology and semiconductor development and manufacturing facility on multiple parcels totaling over 375 acres.
  • A quasi-governmental entity formed to direct the redevelopment of “Ground Zero” in New York City in the purchase and deconstruction of a building significantly damaged in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
  • An international engineering/environmental consulting firm in a transaction involving the sale and cleanup, valued at US$50 million, of a former railyard site in California.