More than ever, your projects need effective communications and stakeholder engagement to succeed. Communities and stakeholders are more engaged than ever in projects, thanks in part to social media and to the international Aarhus Convention that grants the public the right of access to information, public participation and access to justice in decision making for public infrastructure projects.
Since 2001, RPS has developed and grown a dedicated Project Communications team to provide public consultation, stakeholder engagement and public relations advice and services. RPS provides communications expertise for public and private sector clients across Ireland and for the European Commission, through a team of senior and experienced communications experts in Dublin and Cork.
Our communications team has advised some of the biggest and most sensitive projects in Ireland over the past 15 years. We have managed project communications at all stages of wind farm, motorway, social housing, gas pipeline and wastewater treatment projects. This includes:
Information provision and non-statutory public consultation at the pre-planning stage
Managing statutory public consultation including providing Expert Witnesses at Oral Hearings
Communications at post-planning and construction stage including community and stakeholder liaison and community benefit
Managing crisis communications for construction site accidents and protests
Devising and delivering information materials, media relations and public affairs campaigns for all stages of project development to establish project messaging and manage project reputation
Another area we excel in is public consultation. When RPS Project Communications undertakes public consultation for clients we ensure extensive participation from all viewpoints and have developed processes to accurately capture and report on all feedback. Our approach to public consultation has been applied to formal public consultations on a range of issues and sectors as well as to non-statutory consultation in order to enhance projects that don’t have an obligation to consult with their stakeholders, but that see the value in doing so.
RPS Project Communications also specialise in generating award winning awareness raising and behaviour changing public information campaigns in the areas of energy, sustainability, water and waste management. We provide event management, social media campaigns, print, video and online information materials and media relations with an innovative approach to communications strategy.
In addition to our market focus and experience managing communications for major sensitive projects and environmental awareness campaigns, many of our communications advisors have also worked as engineers and environmental scientists.
We therefore have an unrivalled appreciation for major projects and understand technical and environmental issues. This insight informs us to develop realistic and workable communications strategies and gives our team strong credibility when engaging with stakeholders.