23 May 2018

Royal HaskoningDHV is celebrating after taking home the Excellence in Climate Resilience award at the NCE100 2018 Awards on 23 May for its work on the Moray Flood Alleviation project.

The Royal HaskoningDHV team with its Excellence in Climate Resilience award | Royal HaskoningDHV

The Royal HaskoningDHV team with its Excellence in Climate Resilience award.

The accolade reinforces Royal HaskoningDHV’s position as an industry leader in flood risk management. The judges were seeking firms that provide resilience, protect people and substantially decrease economic losses caused by disasters – across the globe and here in the UK.

The judges’ comments stated that the Royal HaskoningDHV submission displayed a “…very clear ethos of future proof considerations in projects across the whole company, with particular focus on climate resilience. Clear evidence of cutting edge thinking and practice in the five projects presented, with the exemplary excellence in the Moray Flood Alleviation programme. Adding value to local communities was at the centre of their design and delivery, with infectious passion and enthusiasm during the presentation that made clear they are living and breathing what they are saying.”

The Moray Flood alleviation scheme included five individual schemes which protected 40,000 people, 3,000 homes and 600 businesses across four communities. The entire project took 17 years to complete and provided a return on investment of 74 per cent for the client.

As part of the NCE100 Awards, Royal HaskoningDHV was also shortlisted for the Smart Operator award for its Aquasuite solution, which uses data-driven technology in water treatment. The company also retained its inclusion in the list of the top 100 civil engineering companies.

Craig Huntbatch, UK resident director for Royal HaskoningDHV commented: “We’re thrilled to have won the Excellence in Climate Resilience award this year in the NCE100 Awards.

“The organisers describe the NCE100 as a Power List of the most influential, innovative firms that are doing the right things, in the right way, to deliver the outcomes that benefit society. And that’s exactly how we want to be recognised.

“Our inclusion in the top 100 is a real tribute to the teamwork and ownership we see at Royal HaskoningDHV and how every person in the company can make a difference. Together, we’re creating a future to be proud of!”

Barbara Hellett, project manager for the Moray Flood Alleviation scheme added: “I am truly delighted that we managed to convey just how brilliant the Moray Flood Alleviation schemes are to the NCE100 judges. To win the award we had to use one of our projects to showcase our abilities, and the Moray project certainly allowed us to do that. So many of us have enjoyed working on this project over the years – and getting public recognition for what we have achieved really feels good!”

Mark Hansford, editor of New Civil Engineer concluded: “Civil engineers have amazing stories to tell. And that’s what the NCE100 is all about. Finding and telling stories. We were looking for the companies who, in 2018, had the most inspiring stories to tell. Stories of innovation, of changing our industry for the better, and of making the world a better place through their projects. We had 17 specific categories and for each we had a trio of expert judges, hand-picked for their knowledge and expertise. The view of these judges was simple: our winner in each category was incredible.”