A review of 2017
2017 was a big year for us, we turned 25, moved head offices, had an unprecedented growth in staff, delivered 1,200 projects and helped clients secure thousands of pounds of investment. Below we’ve picked out a few highlights.
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead awarded us their Highway and Transport Professional Services contract.
The contract, worth £500,000 per year, began in April and will run for five years with a possible extension of two further years. We also partnered with VolkerHighways to successfully secure the Highways Maintenance contract and deliver design services as part of the maintenance programme.
Key work delivered so far includes:
- Overseeing the TUPE process of 12 staff across both contracts from RBWM to Project Centre
- Responding to 600 public and member enquiries regarding traffic, road safety and public transport issues
- Providing over 400 highways related comments for planning applications and 114 sustainable drainage comments for major planning applications
- Teaching road safety lessons to over 1,637 Year 3 pupils and over 230 cycle safety lessons have also been delivered to pupils
- Instrumental in securing a trial extension to bus services into the Ockwells estate following calls from residents
- Designing the planting, from concept through to detailed design, for the Sir Nicholas Winton Memorial Garden, which was opened by the Prime Minister
- Completing 23 principal inspections and 33 general inspections of RBWM structures
- Receiving and reviewing 5,752 abnormal load notifications
- Working with our framework partners, Volker Highways, we have designed and delivered 21 traffic improvement and safety schemes and 60 on-street parking scheme
Worth approximately £9 million a year, the new contract began on 1 August 2017 and runs for five years, with a possible extension up to five further years.
The contract comprises both planned and responsive maintenance, including carriageway and footway resurfacing, winter maintenance, drainage cleansing and road markings, as well as professional services. The contract also includes work on Medway’s street lighting as well as capital schemes to improve and enhance the Council’s existing network.
We were excited to sponsor the 2017 Healthy Streets conference, we really believe in the message Healthy Streets promotes and it was great to meet and engage with like-minded people.
We were also delighted to pick up an award with Waltham Forest Council for the Healthy Streets Proposal of the Year for Lea Bridge Road. The route is heavily used with up to 30,000 vehicles and 1,500 cyclists utilising it daily. The proposal aims to transform the route into an attractive destination for all, with new public spaces and a world class cycle route making the road safer, encouraging walking and cycling as a convenient option and easing traffic flow by improving the road network, all in line with Transport for London’s (TfL) Healthy Streets approach.
As a London centric, planning, design and engineering consultancy we have been at the forefront of innovative design solutions for the last 25 years. Our portfolio of projects includes a host of landmark and award winning public realm schemes, producing high quality and innovative designs, reducing costs and delivering stakeholder objectives including, improved safety, modal shift and cycling and pedestrian permeability.
Waltham Forest Council also won Transport Borough of the Year at the London Transport Awards. We have been working with them for a number of years to improve the borough and make it safer and are currently their single provider for professional engineering services until 2020. We have helped to secure funding and work on many projects from concept design to construction. In addition we provide daily support with staff seconded in to help on a variety of traffic services including Traffic Management Orders.
London boroughs of Haringey and Ealing have won funding for community-supported projects aimed at encouraging walking, cycling and the use of public transport.
We have worked with both councils to understand the challenges their areas face. We designed innovative but deliverable solutions to these challenges, and drafted the funding submissions.
Haringey have been awarded up to £6.5million and Ealing have secured up to £5.8million.
This funding support’s TfL’s Liveable Neighbourhoods initiative; this provides funding for long-term schemes which have local support and look to benefit resident’s health and improve air quality by reducing car trips and championing walking and public transport.
Our new consultation portal was launched.
We have streamlined our process for consultations – the new portal allows easy access for whichever audience is being targeted (residents, commuters, staff etc). it is supported by all web and mobile browsers and has dedicated URLs to allow easy access.
Results can be downloaded and data collated in just a few clicks which streamlines our process and makes us more efficient for our clients.
Our portal also offers interactive maps for people to focus and comment on the areas of the proposals they are most interested in,
Our Structures team was awarded the contract with Thurrock Council for bridge management and maintenance.
This includes professional design services, management of abnormal loads and the annual inspection programme of highway structures.
The contract mobilised in September 2017 and is a two year contract with an option for a further two years.
We became the London Borough of Hillingdon’s single source framework supplier for highways and engineering.
We are now responsible for their local transport plan and transport planning in a 4 years contract that started in August 2017.
We have already delivered some great projects under this including the regeneration of Eastcote town centre which was delivered before the deadline on a tight turnaround.
We grew from 130 to 180 people.
We are so happy to have needed to hire so many new colleagues thanks to the hard work of our staff. With so many bids being won and taking on new clients we have increased our capacity to maintain and grow our standard of work.
Thank you to all colleagues, new and not-so-new, for all your 2017 contributions and making it our most successful year yet. We look forward to working with our clients on all the exciting opportunities 2018 brings.