- 6th September 2019
- Posted by: Miranda Pont
- Category: Blog
Phil Emonson, Technical Director shares his memories of the opening day and reflects on successes over the last 5 years.
“On Monday 4th August 2014 we opened our office in Exeter. I can remember the enormous sense of excitement and pride, mixed with a touch of trepidation during the commute in on that first morning. But by mid-morning the IT was set up and running, the first tea had been brewed and we were off! Things felt quite spacious then – only four of us rattling round in an office we thought we’d never fill.
But it wasn’t long before we’d won our first piece of work, delivering an options appraisal study for Devon County Council. This was soon followed by many more interesting flood risk projects for the Environment Agency and supporting a number of other local authorities across the South West. A year later and our numbers had grown, and we took the decision to develop an ecology and environment team, supplementing our existing flood risk offering.
Today we have an overflowing office of 14 staff providing a multi-disciplinary offering, including (but in no way limited to!):
- Hydraulic modelling and hydrology
- Flood risk assessment and drainage
- Property flood resilience
- Flood forecasting
- Climate change and hydrometeorology
- Protected habitats and species ecology
- Geomorphology, WFD and river restoration
What has been most pleasing for me over the last five years? I’d say it’s been working with an experienced and dedicated team of professionals and experts, helping to support our clients across the South West, covering government, regulatory and private sectors.
Two exciting examples of this are our recent appointment to the Connecting the Culm project team with the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Also as a delivery partner on the Cornwall Community Pathfinder project led by Cornwall County Council, aiming to improve flood resilience across the South West.
Exciting times lie ahead for us as we soon move to our new premises – actually only a few doors away, but the new office will give us more space to continue our grow as we embark on the next chapter with new premises and interesting projects to get involved in. Here’s to the next five years!”
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