In its first year, HR Wallingfordâ€™s Environment Group has won a number of exciting projects forÂ both public and private sector clients in the UK and overseas. The group was launched in AprilÂ 2010 and now stands at 10 environmental professionals.
Specialising in environmental policy and legislation, environmental impact assessment andÂ targeted research, the groupâ€™s technical skills set covers ecology, sediment and water quality,Â marine archaeology, ecological modelling, flood risk assessment, climate change risks andÂ adaptation, river restoration and coastal geomorphology.
Nicola Clay, group manager, said: â€śThe Environment Group brings together individuals withÂ experience of different roles in marine and freshwater developments.
â€śThe team includes people with regulatory backgrounds, research and industry experience as wellÂ as those who have joined us from other consultancies. This unique mix of experience is enhancedÂ by our close working relationships with colleagues with skills in modelling, engineering andÂ dredging and means that our environmental advice has a practical feel in line with our clientsâ€™Â expectations.â€ť
This yearâ€™s highlights include climate change vulnerability studies for Countryside Council forÂ Wales and, separately, Natural England, design of a monitoring strategy for the new containerÂ terminal at the Port of Bristol plus a long term secondment to a major capital dredge inÂ Queensland, Australia. Importantly, the group has also supported colleagues in HR Wallingford onÂ major projects such as Defraâ€™s Climate Change Risk Assessment.
Dr Jane Smallman, managing director, said: â€śThe creation of the Environment Group was a naturalÂ development for HR Wallingford. I am delighted at how well the group has integrated into theÂ company.
â€śWe are now able to provide our clients with advice in a context that they recognise as well asÂ expanding the range of services available to them.
â€śI look forward to the continuing success of the Environment Group as it moves into its secondÂ year.â€ť
Source: hrwallingford, April 11, 2011;