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    RPS and Interserve Secure National Award for Factory 2050

    01 December 2016

    RPS and Interserve Secure National Award for Factory 2050

     

    RPS is extremely proud to be celebrating once again with Interserve Construction, after their Factory 2050 project has been awarded National Constructing Excellence, Project of the Year – Building. This success follows on from winning the Regional award for Yorkshire and Humberside in July.

     

    Factory 2050, based on Sheffield Business Park, is the UK’s first fully reconfigurable assembly and component manufacturing facility for collaborative research, capable of rapidly switching production between different high value components and one-off parts. RPS was part of the project team, appointed as Technical Advisor by the University of Sheffield for this state-of-the-art facility constructed by Interserve. Engineers based in RPS’ Leeds office provided a number of key services to the project including Mechanical & Electrical engineering consultancy, sustainability and site wide infrastructure advice.

    Andy Briggs, Technical Director at RPS, explains: “Flexibility of such a cutting edge facility was of prime importance to the end user. The technologies and techniques which they utilise are ever changing, and to provide a truly future proofed facility, still fit for purpose in 2050, required innovation in building services provision and distribution. The application of significant renewables (GSHP), located in an external energy centre, extensive internal floor duct distribution systems combined with high level modular services, low energy displacement ventilation and highly controlled LED lighting combined to create a low energy, closely controlled environment, suitable for the client’s ongoing needs”.

    He and the rest of the team are thrilled at this latest award and comments that “The end result is testament to the entire project team’s focus and commitment to provide a truly innovative facility that met the client’s brief today and in the years to come”.

     

    RPS' Andy Briggs (left), trophy presenter, Mark Strangeway (third from left), Simon Dovener (centre) and Lianne Lawson (all Interserve), Darren Southgate (Bond Bryan) second from right, and Keith Lilley (University of Sheffield) far right.

     

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    Highly Commended for School’s Leading Sustainable Design

    27 October 2016

    Highly Commended for School’s Leading Sustainable Design

     
     

    Hampshire’s Park Community School’s ambitious plan for a phased remodelling across the entire school site is one of the largest capital projects in the county. The multi-million pound project recently completed and was Highly Commended in the Sustainable Buildings category of the Hampshire Countryside Awards 2016 run by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

    RPS worked closely with Hampshire County Architects to ensure the successful design and delivery of an extensive landscaping programme for the secondary school at the heart of the local community. Effective and positive community engagement was key to the process to ensure that the plans met the requirements and aspirations of the local area

    The complex plan included both hard and soft landscaping areas, attractive social spaces and a dedicated smallholding on locally leased land where fruit and vegetables are grown and small livestock is kept. Over 70 new trees were incorporated in the plan – 20 of which were fruit trees selected for the school’s kitchen garden. Alongside the core curriculum students learn agricultural skills and small animal husbandry with fruit and vegetables grown being used in the school kitchens, and occasionally meat from school livestock. Younger students are taught horticulture on an accredited Royal Horticultural Society lesson plan.

    A strong geometric design serves to define social, play, sports and teaching areas across the grounds without isolating them from the other areas. Strategic areas of ornamental planting softens the hard landscaping and a significant number of trees across the site are retained including wooded areas around the boundary and Hermitage stream which forms part of a wider pedestrian and cycle network along the stream corridor

    The school remained operational throughout the works to deliver the ambitious facility on a substantial brownfield site.

     
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    Sneak Preview of UK’s New Intercity Express Depot

    06 October 2016

    Sneak Preview of UK’s New Intercity Express Depot

     

    Reservists at Chetwynd Barracks, based in Nottinghamshire, UK, were recently able to enjoy a special early preview of RPS’ newly designed Doncaster Carr depot for Hitachi Rail.

     

    The Doncaster Carr site in Yorkshire has accommodated a rail depot consistently for over 100 years under various ownerships before Hitachi Rail’s purchase of the site in 2014 to serve its new fleet of 65 Class 800 Series Intercity Express long-distance trains on the East Coast Mainline network. The Class 800 hybrid trains are expected to run from 2018 as part of the UK Department for Transport’s multi-billion-pound Intercity Express Programme. It replaces the previous Intercity 125 high-speed fleet serving the line since the 1970s with a mix of up-to-the-minute electric/diesel and electric only vehicles (Series 800 and 801).

    Due to be officially opened later this year, the new rail maintenance, trainwash and storage depot covers 11,000m² alongside the delivery of a new two-storey office, and a top-end workshop and welfare facility. RPS provided architectural and structural engineering design services for the depot. The depot was constructed by VolkerFitzpatrick and received a British Safety Council International Safety Award last year.

    The Reservists were from 507 Specialist Team Royal Engineers (Railways Infrastructure), a Reserve sub-unit of 170 Engr Gp and the only rail infrastructure specialists in the Armed Forces. Principal Engineer Dale Hack from RPS Newark presented the Reservists with a detailed insight into the complexity of the project and our innovative design solutions before the guided tour.

    Newark currently employs four Reservists and has developed a strong relationship with the Ministry of Defence’s 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group under the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant recognising the valuable skills serving personnel, regular armed forces personnel and reservists can bring to business whilst accommodating their military obligations.

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    UK Prime Minister Approves Hinkley Point C

    15 September 2016

    UK Prime Minister Approves Hinkley Point C

    Theresa May has confirmed government approval for the construction of Hinkley Point C.

    UK Prime Minister Theresa May has today given the go-ahead for the new £18bn nuclear power station in Somerset to be constructed subject to some revised conditions.

    The planned 3260MW plant is the first to be approved in the UK for over 10 years (since 1995). RPS provided planning and environmental advice to NNB Generation Company (a subsidiary of EDF Energy – France’s 85% state-owned leading power generation business) in support of the development.

    RPS provided planning and environmental consultancy on the project across a number of disciplines. RPS was first appointed as planning and waste consultant for the project to prepare, submit and negotiate consent for the Enabling Works Project which permitted significant site preparation works prior to submission of the DCO application to the Planning Inspectorate.

    RPS also provided planning and waste services as part of the preparation of the Development Consent Order (DCO) application. Additionally, they helped to develop the sustainability strategy and the Health Impact Assessment as well as providing support alongside the Environmental Impact Assessment process. RPS also attended and provided client support at the DCO hearings.

    RPS’ involvement covered not only the plant site but also further associated development sites including freight handling locations and the refurbishment of the nearby Combwich Wharf.

    As part of the instruction, a multidisciplinary team of RPS professionals developed detailed sustainability material to support the DCO application. Our role in this was to ensure that the sustainability statement submitted with the application was consistent with the aims of the UK’s National Policy Statement for Nuclear Energy and EDF’s corporate sustainability aspirations, as well as meeting wider stakeholder expectations. We worked closely with all parties to ensure that this was achieved to deliver an effective and sensitively balanced statement.

    Former Energy Secretary Edward Davey granted DCO approval for the plant in 2013 when it made widespread news as the first nuclear power plant to complete the DCO application process under the new Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects regime set out in the Planning Act 2008.

    The new power plant will sit alongside the existing Hinkley Point A and Hinkley Point B plants on the Somerset site which has been operational for 40 years. As a low-carbon power provider, Hinkley Point C will contribute significantly to the UK’s nuclear power programme – delivering around 7% of the UK’s electricity requirements. Through construction and operation phases it is also expected to create more than 25,000 jobs.

     
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    London City Airport Receives Planning Permission from UK Government to Major Expansion Plan

    06 September 2016

    London City Airport Receives Planning Permission from UK Government to Major Expansion Plan

    London City Airport’s £344m expansion programme: the City Airport Development Programme (CADP) has been formally approved by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid.

    Image: Pascall + Watson

    The CADP includes the construction for 7 new aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway, new passenger terminal and pier to enable the airport to accommodate quieter, next generation aircraft and add more capacity. The project will also entail a substantial redevelopment of its dockside location with a new forecourt, offices, hotel, energy centre and car parks.

    Once completed, the expansion will enable the airport to welcome 6.5 million passengers by 2025 and contribute £1.5 billion each year into the economy. The construction of the development will create 500 jobs and a further 1,600 jobs once completed.

    RPS has provided environmental planning, impact assessment and sustainability services to London City Airport since 2006, including helping secure planning permission for an initial phase of expansion in 2009. RPS was presented with the ‘Best Environmental Initiative’ Award by the Airport Operators Association (AOA) in 2013 for its work with the Airport.

    RPS, as lead environmental consultant, coordinated the highly complex EIA process to support the CADP planning application, as well as undertaking the health impact assessment (HIA), sustainability assessment and further technical assessments including ecology & biodiversity, flood risk, heritage, townscape & visual effects, lighting, contamination and waste, drafting the Construction Environmental Management Plan, and carrying out the BREEAM assessment for the new terminal buildings.

    RPS provided Expert Witness support to the CADP Planning Inquiry held in March 2016, resulting in the positive and unequivocal recommendation by the Planning Inspector and the subsequent grant of planning approval by both Secretaries of State. RPS is currently engaged in managing the discharge of a range of environmental and technical planning conditions attached to the CADP planning permission.

     
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    UK First Factory 2050 Secures Regional Awards

    20 July 2016

    UK First Factory 2050 Secures Regional Awards

    RPS helps Interserve Construction to regional awards and national finals for Factory 2050.

    Award winners: RPS Technical Director Andy Briggs is second from right.

    RPS is proud to be part of the project team, celebrating with Interserve Construction, after their Factory 2050 project picked up two awards at this year’s Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire and Humber awards.

    RPS was part of the project team, appointed as Technical Advisor by the University of Sheffield, to provide the mechanical and electrical engineering services for this state-of-the-art facility constructed by Interserve. The facility picked up the prestigious ‘Project of the Year – Building’ award and went on to receive a Highly Commended Health and Safety award too. As winner of Project of the Year, the development secures an automatic entry into 2016’s Constructing Excellence national finals taking place in November.

    “We are really pleased that Factory 2050 has received this well-deserved recognition” says Andy Briggs, Technical Director at RPS. “The end result is testament to the entire project team’s focus and commitment to provide a truly innovative facility that met the client’s brief today and in the years to come”.

    About Factory 2050

    Factory 2050, based on Sheffield Business Park, is the UK’s first fully reconfigurable assembly and component manufacturing facility for collaborative research, capable of rapidly switching production between different high value components and one-off parts. Engineers based in RPS’ Leeds office provided a number of key services to the project including M&E, sustainability and site wide infrastructure advice.

    Andy Briggs explains: “Flexibility of such a cutting edge facility was of prime importance to the end user. The technologies and techniques which they utilise are ever changing, and to provide a truly future proofed facility, still fit for purpose in 2050, required innovation in building services provision and distribution. The application of significant renewables (GSHP), located in an external energy centre, extensive internal floor duct distribution systems combined with high level modular services, low energy displacement ventilation and highly controlled LED lighting combined to create a low energy, closely controlled environment, suitable for the client’s ongoing needs”.

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    RPS Report Examines Gatwick and Heathrow Options

    29 June 2016

    RPS Report Examines Gatwick and Heathrow Options

    The full text of the report is available here.

    RPS report compares environmental impacts of Gatwick and Heathrow runways.

    An airbus taxis along taxiway 26J to the terminal after landing on runway 26L at Gatwick as another airbus climbs away from take-off on the runway. © Copyright Robin Webster and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

    RPS has been advising Gatwick Airport Limited since 2013 on the environmental appraisal of its second runway project. The June 2016 RPS report on the environmental impacts of the Gatwick and Heathrow runways compares the environmental impacts of the Gatwick Second Runway and the Heathrow Northwest Runway options considered by the Airports Commission.

    It highlights six areas including health impacts, nature conservation, air quality, noise, landscape and heritage where RPS believes the Commission underestimated the relative impact of the Heathrow option compared to Gatwick. David Cowan, RPS Managing Director – Planning and Environment says “It’s very clear that the Heathrow scheme has much bigger environmental impacts than Gatwick and if the Government chooses Heathrow we won’t know if it’s deliverable for some time. The Gatwick option does not have that problem and is the option that we know can deliver this much needed infrastructure.”

    The report sets out in detail the environmental advantages of the Gatwick option.

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    Exeter Depot Expansion

    21 June 2016

    Exeter Depot Expansion

     

    The Great Western Railway network in the South West of England is currently undergoing the greatest investment since it was originally built over 150 years ago.

    The modernisation programme will see the electrification of much of the Great Western network, and the delivery of new fleet of Intercity Express Programme trains; enabling train operator GWR to deliver more seats, more frequent journeys and reduced journey times.

    RPS has been appointed by Great Western Railway (GWR) to develop preliminary designs for a major expansion of its depot at Exeter. The scheme, subject to funding, will provide state-of-the-art facilities to allow planned and corrective maintenance, together with increased capacity for overnight train refuelling, cleaning and stabling. The potential development of the depot will also provide accommodation for GWR’s local train operations team, train drivers and train crew.

    The maintenance depot is on a prominent site adjacent to Exeter St David’s Station. Design of the new building will need to be carefully considered to reflect the site context and the proximity of the new building to the Isambard Kingdom Brunel designed station. It is hoped that the relocation of existing train operations accommodation will help to facilitate future enhancements to the station and adjacent public areas.

    With the existing train maintenance depot crucial to the ongoing delivery of GWR rail services a key aspect of the design will therefore be the development of a detailed, phased, strategy allowing existing depot operations to continue until the new facility is complete. RPS will work closely with GWR’s depot operations team to ensure that the proposed phasing is optimised and any required temporary arrangements are fully identified.

    RPS has been appointed initially to develop the design to completion of GRIP Stage 3 in accordance with Network Rail’s Governance for Railway Investment Projects. The GRIP 3 design will be submitted for formal approval by Network Rail before progressing to the next stage of design development, and will be used in seeking the necessary planning approval. The scope of RPS design work includes civil and structural engineering, architecture, building services, permanent-way and signalling. RPS will also provide specialist town & country planning and environmental expertise, as required to support the design development and planning consent processes.

    Our appointment to progress this project follows the completion of GRIP 4 design for GWR’s maintenance depot enhancements at Penzance and is the latest project to continue the longstanding record that RPS has as a specialist in the design of train maintenance facilities.

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    RPS Project Shortlisted for 2016 British Construction Industry Awards

    03 June 2016

    RPS Project Shortlisted for 2016 British Construction Industry Awards

     

    The British Construction Industry Awards seek to recognise and reward excellence in project delivery. Every year the calibre of the winning projects do just that, and in the process leave no doubt that the British construction industry excels. The BCI awards are the only construction industry awards to have Prime Ministerial backing and, in the face of undoubtedly stiff competition, RPS is honoured to have the Drax Ecostore project shortlisted in the 2016 Major Civil Engineering Project of the Year category.

    When Drax Power, operator of the UK’s biggest power station, producing 8% of the nation’s electricity, decided to convert from the use of coal to biomass fuel in the form of sustainable compressed wood pellets, it was a bold venture into uncharted territory. Drax had experimented with the use of biomass for more than 10 years, and took the decision to convert three of its six generating units. Key to this was a major biomass fuel receipt, storage, handling and delivery system to feed the boilers. The result was the £250m Ecostore project, part of a global biomass supply chain investment. The challenge was clear from the outset; deliver a project of a scale and complexity never before undertaken in this field, identifying and developing innovative solutions, all within very tight programme and cost constraints and without interruption of electricity generation.

    The breadth and complexity of the design and construction issues to be overcome were huge. The required biomass fuel storage volume and delivery rate were on a grand scale. Add to this the required fuel handling operational flexibility, system resilience and fire/explosion risk management. The result was a need for innovative solutions. These included a storage dome solution never before used in the UK, a railway fuel delivery and offload solution of unprecedented capacity and the development of fuel reclaim technology never before used for biomass fuel. The learning curve was steep but the results are remarkable.

    Close collaboration was required and adopted from the start. During competitive tendering, the Design and Construct Contractor and his supply chain worked closely with the Employer to ensure the project technical and operational requirements were fully identified and understood. The result was a technically superior scheme, optimised to meet the Employer’s needs. The collaborative approach continued throughout the detailed design and construction, and Building Information Modelling techniques were used to assist design development.

    A substantial RPS team based in the Newark office performed the role of Lead Designer, Architect and Civil/Structural Engineer, together with CDM Regulations consultancy. Structural and Fire Engineering support was provided by the Belfast office.

    Members of the project’s delivery team are looking forward to the gala dinner in London in October when the award winners will be announced. The shortlisting of the Drax Ecostore project follows the “Highly Commended” recognition of RPS’ Guernsey Airport Pavements Rehabilitation project in the 2014 British Construction Industry Awards.

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    The end of the Code but a sustainable future

    27 May 2016

    The end of the Code but a sustainable future

    Last year the UK Government has issued its conclusion to the Housing Standards Review. In an effort to streamline systems the Government has officially put an end to the Code for Sustainable Homes (Code).

    Image: Freeimages.com/Mateusz Stachowski

    Under the changes, local authorities will no longer be able to require levels of the Code as a planning condition for residential developments. However, where developments are legally contracted to apply a Code policy (i.e. affordable housing funded through the National Affordable Housing Programme 2015-18), or where a case has been granted permission subject to a Code condition stipulating discharge of a Code level, legacy arrangements will apply and these development will still need to be assessed under the Code. In response to the Government’s decision to scrap the Code, BRE introduced The Home Quality Mark, a tool very similar to BREEAM but specifically designed for new dwellings. The new standard came into force in late 2015 and Thomas Vazakas from RPS is an accredited assessor.

    Local Planning Authorities who currently require BREEAM excellent on non-domestic buildings are still able to implement this policy as it falls outside the scope of residential and therefore the Code for Sustainable Homes.

    As RPS has extensive experience in sustainability assessments and also in guiding projects through the planning process, we are ideally placed to assist organisations in understanding the impact of these legislative changes and effectively and efficiently navigating them within a project delivery environment.

    There are numerous different types of BREEAM schemes and assessors are often qualified in a number of these schemes, but rarely all. RPS has a team of licensed and qualified assessors covering all building types. The RPS Sustainability team operates a consolidated BREEAM service covered by one main RPS License.

    RPS’ BREEAM service has seen strong growth over the last few years and we have developed a core group of BREEAM, Sustainability and Energy Assessors across RPS to provide the necessary skills and experience required to advise developers and complete assessments, which is proving to be very successful.

    RPS guides and advises design and construction teams on the most commercially sensitive approach to BREEAM Assessments, providing BREEAM Accredited Professional services and full assessment services at design and post construction stages. We use the BRE recognised software ‘TrackerPlus’ to deliver our BREEAM services in a cost effective and well managed manner.

    Our team includes BREEAM Accredited Professionals and licensed BREEAM Assessors covering the full range of BREEAM assessments including:

    BREEAM New Construction (offices, retail, industrial, multi-residential, healthcare, education, prisons, courts and other buildings)

    BREEAM Refurbishment and Fit-out

    BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment

    BREEAM International

    BREEAM Communities

    BREEAM In Use

    Code for Sustainable Homes

    Home Quality Mark

    In addition RPS sustainability team is accredited in carrying out Ska assessment (for fit out works in offices and retail). Recently featured in the UK Government's Low Carbon Action Plan, SKA rating is an environmental assessment method, benchmark and standard for non-domestic fit-outs, led and owned by RICS. The main difference with BREEAM is that Ska only assesses the fit-out works not the whole building.

    Finally RPS sustainability team is accredited in carrying out CEEQUAL assessment (for for civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and works in public spaces). Operators of the BREEAM scheme, BRE Global, acquired CEEEQUAL in November 2015 aiming to develop a combined sustainability scheme for infrastructure. CEEQUAL continues to operate as normal in the meantime.

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    RPS Appointed to Ports of Jersey Consultants Framework

    18 May 2016

    RPS Appointed to Ports of Jersey Consultants Framework

    Pixabay.com/creativeaction. Image: Pixabay. Reproduced under this Creative Commons Licence.

    RPS has been appointed onto the Ports of Jersey Consultants Framework covering Airport and Port projects.

    RPS’ dedicated Aviation and Ports teams will provide professional engineering and consultancy services for the aviation, marine and coastal sector of Jersey. Services will include feasibility studies, conceptual studies, detailed engineering, project management, construction management and commissioning for delivering capital projects and commercial opportunities as part of the long term capital programme. RPS recognises the importance of local knowledge and the framework team includes island-based organisations to provide local support.

    RPS’ Aviation Director Geoff Dewick is Framework Director with support from Mark McConnell, RPS Director of Ports.



     
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    Joining Forces with Reservists for Recruitment Support

    12 May 2016

    Joining Forces with Reservists for Recruitment Support

    RPS' Newark, UK office, based at the former Drill Hall on Sherwood Avenue, Newark, is working with the armed forces to recruit military service leavers or reservists with transferable skills that soldiers can bring into the civilian work place. The regular and reserve soldiers from 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group have a variety of skills, and RPS recognises that these experienced people can contribute to providing engineering design consultancy services for our £multi-million commercial projects across the UK.

    RPS' Newark office signed the Armed Forces Covenant in November 2015 pledging to promote that we are an Armed Forces friendly organisation; supporting the employment of veterans and the needs of employees in the Reserve Forces by accommodating training and deployment commitments, including participating in Armed Forces Day.

    The office currently has two ex-soldiers within our engineering design teams, and another will join in the next few weeks.

    Staff Sergeant Phil Mabbitt is a Senior Engineering Co-ordinator and serves as a Reservist with 203 (Loughborough) Transport Squadron. He said: “RPS has been very supportive of my Reserve commitments as they understand the benefits that serving in the Reserve Forces can bring to the business. If employees at RPS Newark gain new engineering qualifications through their civilian work, this could help them to rise through the ranks in their Reserve Forces career also.”

    Ben Fewster is an Engineering Technician at RPS’ Newark office and starts service with the Reserves in the near future working with 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group, but also alongside 299 Parachute Engineer Squadron.

    “Having left the services in October 2015 but wanting to start work with the reserves, it has been great to know that RPS is fully behind my decision to do so. The fact that I can maintain contact with my airborne roots with 299 and also be of benefit to 170, with my new-found commercial experience, is an ideal situation for me and I eagerly anticipate the start of this arrangement”.

    To develop this relationship, the office has entered a partnership agreement with the Army’s 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group (hybrid regular and reserve unit) to provide work placements for regular (full time) soldiers who are soon to leave the Army.

    Lance Corporal Richard Stacey is soon to start a work placement at the Newark office as he prepares to leave his nine year military career behind. Richard said: “RPS is a large multidisciplinary company which could bring many new opportunities to its employees. I initially met RPS when they attended what is known as a Regular Familiarisation Event, which explored possible resettlement opportunities available to personnel who are soon to leave the Forces.

    “At the moment I’m looking to gain experience working for a civilian company, so the work placement is a great opportunity. In the future though I may be interested in expanding my engineering qualifications to work towards becoming a Chartered Engineer, and I believe RPS could help me achieve this.”

    The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. The Covenant is a national responsibility involving government, businesses, local authorities, charities and the public.

    It provides an opportunity for employers to confirm publicly that they recognise the value serving personnel, Regular and Reservists, Veterans and military families contribute to our country and that they will endeavour to uphold the key principles of the Armed Forces Covenant, which are:

    No member of the Armed Forces Community should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen;

    In some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate especially for the injured or bereaved.

    The aim of the Covenant is to ensure that the Armed Forces Community faces no disadvantage in their engagement with business. It encourages companies to develop a relationship with members of the Armed Forces Community who work in their business or access their products or services.

    David Dunbar, Operational Director of RPS’ Newark office said “With the current skills shortage in the construction and engineering industries, this initiative provides an excellent opportunity for RPS to recruit very talented and experienced service personnel into our design consultancy in Newark, whilst supporting our reservists in their training and deployment commitments”.

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    RPS Acquires DBK Partners Ltd

    26 April 2016

    RPS Acquires DBK Partners Ltd

    Property and construction consultants DBK Partners Ltd has been acquired by RPS Group PLC, an international, multidisciplinary UK quoted consultancy that employs more than 5,000 staff across 125 countries.

    The agreement means that DBK becomes the first Project and Cost Management Consultancy to join the group in the UK. The DBK team will join RPS' BNE business and spearhead the growth of the new business stream in the UK as part of the RPS expansion strategy.

    DBK currently employs over 120 people across four offices.

    Tim Downing, Duncan Berry & Steve Kelly, Managing Directors of DBK said: “DBK has enjoyed an incredible decade of growth and employs an extremely talented and enthusiastic workforce."

    We pride ourselves on our long established client relationships and also successfully attracting new clients from new sectors to our portfolio. We have identified a substantial pipeline of opportunity with RPS and we are in a great strategic position to continue to expand."

    Trevor M Hoyle, CEO of Built & Natural Environment – Europe at RPS said: “One of our key strategic objectives is to extend our range of services and geographical cover by bringing high quality, specialist companies into the Group and supporting them to achieve further expansion.

    DBK supports that objective and has demonstrated consistent growth over the years. It has great potential to progress to the next level as part of RPS and we are delighted that we can provide the support that will enable it to do so.”

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    RPS Appoints New BNE–Europe COO

    21 April 2016

    RPS Appoints New BNE–Europe COO

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    RPS has appointed a new Chief Operating Officer to its Built & Natural Environment Europe (BNE–Europe) business. Jonathan Marsh joins from a successful 22-year career with Golder Associates, where he was European Chief Operating Officer for the last five years and a board member for its African Operations.

    Jonathan has significant experience in managing pan-European operations, working across a wide range of cultures. He has a solid track-record of delivering performance improvement and has a strong background in corporate processes and systems including risk management, human resources, information technology and project management.

    Jonathan will be working from RPS’ Newark, UK office.

    RPS’ BNE–Europe encompasses the group’s planning, engineering and environmental services across the UK, Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands.

    On Jonathan’s appointment Trevor M Hoyle, BNE–Europe CEO, commented:

    “We welcome the strong operational experience that Jonathan brings. We are confident that he will contribute well to the next growth phase of our European businesses.”

    Jonathan commented:

    “I am delighted to join RPS. My experience in the consulting industry means I am well aware of the great brand and reputation RPS has with clients. I believe my previous operations experience will support in driving further growth of the business.”

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    New Milestone for M4 Project Team

    30 March 2016

    New Milestone for M4 Project Team

    The Costain Vinci Joint Venture, which has been contracted by the Welsh Government to progress the much awaited M4 Corridor around Newport, supported by RPS who are the lead environmental consultant, has successfully completed Key Stage 3 of the project with the publication of the draft Statutory Orders.

    The project is the largest highway scheme to be commissioned by the Welsh Government since devolution in 1998 and involves the proposed construction of a new 23km section of three-lane motorway to the south of Newport, between Magor and Castleton.

    The proposed new section of motorway will cross the northern part of the Gwent levels, Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), pass over the Newport Docks and the southern boundaries of the Docks Way landfill site and the former Llanwern Steelworks site. In addition, an elevated section would cross the River Usk with a new 440m span cable-stayed bridge.

    This month (March) staged publication of the draft Statutory Orders by the Welsh Government will commence and precede three weeks of public exhibitions at five locations from Magor (J23) to Castleton (J29) on the outskirts of Cardiff.

    The publication of draft Statutory Orders includes the Environmental Statement, Statement to inform an Appropriate Assessment and other associated reporting with documents made available to the public exhibitions and on-line on the Welsh Government website www.gov.wales/M4Newport The documents will also be available at five deposit points across the area.

    The project has been on the drawing board since the early 1990’s and a Public Local Inquiry is anticipated in the autumn under an independent Inspector, prior to any decision by the Welsh Government whether the project moves to the construction phase.

    Barry Woodman, Project Director for Costain Vinci said: “There has been a concerted effort by the integrated team to deliver the draft statutory orders and environmental statement within really tight time constraints. We now look forward to the exhibitions and providing the public and key stakeholders with as much information, support and general understanding of the project as we can.”

    Martin Bates, Project Director for the Welsh Government said: “The process for procuring, designing and delivering a project of this size and complexity is extremely demanding and I am really pleased that we have achieved this significant milestone. There are a number of hurdles still to negotiate but the proposals are progressing in line with our challenging programme and I am extremely grateful to the team for the outstanding effort.”

    See also: www.costain.com/news/news-releases/new-milestone-for-m4-project-team

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    RPS Appointed Ecological Clerk of Works for Scottish Power Renewables Wind Farms Contracts

    27 January 2016

    RPS Appointed Ecological Clerk of Works for Scottish Power Renewables Wind Farms Contracts

    RPS has been awarded contracts to deliver ecological and environmental protection for three large onshore wind farms in southern Scotland. Construction begins this winter and once operational, the projects will add 98 Megawatts of green energy to ScottishPower Renewables’ portfolio.

    RPS is providing full-time Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) to ensure compliance with wildlife legislation and planning conditions, oversee ecological mitigation and implement pollution prevention over the year-long build out phase. Work will begin with pre-construction checks for sensitive species and habitats, and continue with protection of species, habitats and water quality.

    At Hare Hill Extension, the largest of the three developments at 35 turbines, the ECoW will cover tasks ranging from monitoring water quality, to ensuring local private water supplies are protected and overseeing the creation of foraging habitat for the local population of black grouse, a species that is one of the UK’s highest bird conservation priorities.

    The ECoW role is increasingly a planning requirement for major infrastructure projects.

    ‘Our approach is to help clients and contractors integrate their environmental obligations from the outset. This prevents delays and ensures construction schedules are met, as well as legal requirements’ said Dr. Simon Zisman, RPS’ Director of Ecology in Scotland. ‘Part of what makes Scotland special is the wildlife, and that, together with rough terrain and high rainfall make the ECoW role so important’

    RPS provides ECoW services on a large number of wind farm and major infrastructure projects, including the dualling of the A9 between Kincraig and Dalraddy, and Carraig Gheal Wind Farm in West Argyll.

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    Notes to editors:

    RPS is a world leading multi-disciplinary consultancy with unrivalled knowledge and experience supporting clients through the development process, through planning inception, design, implementation and final completion. We employ over 4,500 staff worldwide, of which 2,000 are based in the UK.

    RPS has particular expertise, as well as a leading reputation, in the field of environmental services. In December 2014 RPS was listed as the UK’s leading Environmental Consultancy by Environmental Analyst’s review of the consulting sector.

    With a network of local offices spread across the UK we offer a unique range of professional and technical expertise. RPS has grown into one of the world’s pre-eminent consultancies by maintaining its local connections whilst underpinning these with the resource and knowledge of a global business.

    RPS delivers value through an integrated approach to development. We provide a wealth of in-house services and provide fully integrated, multi-disciplinary solutions to support our clients to achieve their aims.

    ScottishPower Renewables is part of Iberdrola, the world’s largest wind energy developer, with an operating portfolio of over 14,000 megawatts (MW). ScottishPower Renewables is responsible for progressing Iberdrola’s onshore wind and marine energy projects in the UK and offshore windfarms throughout the world.

    Securing our position at the forefront of the renewable energy industry, ScottishPower Renewables now has 30 operational windfarm sites producing over 1,600 MW, including West of Duddon Sands, our first offshore windfarm project. With a further 500 MW of onshore windfarm projects due to be constructed, we are set to maintain our position as the UK's leading wind developer.

    With our 350 MW Wikinger Offshore Windfarm in the German Baltic Sea due to be constructed in 2017 and our East Anglia ONE windfarm, which has full planning consent and a contract that will allow us to develop up to 700 MW, we are set to position Iberdrola as the world's leading offshore wind developer.

    The Scottish Government has a target to generate the equivalent of 100% of gross annual consumption from renewable electricity – including onshore wind farms- by 2020, and an interim target of 50% by 2015. The latest update suggests that progress is ahead of schedule, with an estimated 49.8% of Scotland’s electricity consumption derived from renewables in 2014
    http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0048/00485407.pdf

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