Royal HaskoningDHV in the UK is celebrating today after being ranked 9th in the NCE100 Power List – New Civil Engineer’s top 100 most influential, innovative firms that are doing the right things, in the right way, to deliver the outcomes that most benefit society.
Craig Huntbatch, UK Resident Director for Royal HaskoningDHV commented: "It’s a fantastic achievement to be part of the top 100 companies which fits exactly with our aim of enhancing society together. Our 9th ranking is a real tribute to the co-creation, curiosity, ownership and connection that we see at Royal HaskoningDHV and how every person in the company can make a difference in collaboration with our clients. Together, we’re creating a future to be proud of!"
The company also walked away with the Innovation in Project Initiation Award for its work together with North Norfolk District Council on the innovative sandscaping project on the North Norfolk coast to protect the Bacton Gas Terminal, which supplies 30% of the UK’s gas supply.
The judges commented on the winning entry: “Having admirably stuck at the project for five years, Royal HaskoningDHV has demonstrably transferred best practice in Europe into a UK context. On the project there has been a clear use of natural materials in a sustainable way to solve a real world problem. The firm communicated a developed understanding of the hard business benefits as well as the softer community benefits that will result from their innovative approach. The fact that 30% of the UK’s gas supply will be protected as a result is also impressive. In addition, the judges were impressed at the fact that the client was present during the presentation and at the enthusiasm displayed during the presentation itself.”
The accolade reinforces Royal HaskoningDHV’s position as a leader in stakeholder engagement and directing the project’s direction at an early stage. The judges were looking for those firms doing the most to help get projects off the ground by working with the client to refine the concept, help secure funding, win public support and gain planning approval.
Craig Huntbatch continued: "We entered Bacton into the NCE100 Awards to demonstrate our commitment to enhancing society together. We extended the project far beyond what was a coastal defence solution only for the Bacton Gas Terminal. Our team recognised the potential for wider investment and initiated a far wider project with vital social benefits for the coastal communities. Well done to all involved!"
Jaap Flikweert, Leading Professional for Flood Resilience at Royal HaskoningDHV added: "I’m delighted that Bacton has won this award – it’s a great reward for the team in what has been a demanding and complex project. We’re using our innovative Dutch sandscaping solution for the first time in the UK, and by bringing together all of the various parties involved we were able to extend the project into a highly collaborative public-private partnership, meaning that we can provide further protection for two villages along the coast, as well as the Gas Terminal."
Steve Blatch, Head of Paid Service for North Norfolk District Council said: “We are delighted to have worked alongside Royal HaskoningDHV with our partners to develop a UK-first innovative project to provide a coastal management solution for the Bacton Gas Terminal and adjacent communities of Bacton and Walcott. The communities experienced devastating impact from storm surge events in December 2013 and January 2017 flooding and damaging people’s homes and businesses.”
As part of the NCE100 Awards, Royal HaskoningDHV was also shortlisted for the Impact in Climate Resilience Award following its success in 2018, this time for its work on the Wisbech Garden Town project, and the Impact in Water Award for Nereda.
NCE is the monthly magazine for members of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and in 2016 launched the inaugural NCE100. The NCE100 programme is New Civil Engineer’s annual awards recognising and celebrating the most innovative, impactful and inspirational firms operating in civil engineering.
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