Good luck and Farewell David Stark

We recently said farewell to David Stark who is embarking on his retirement with his wife Sue.

Being only a few days away from his 65th birthday, we held a buffet lunch and a toast for David who has been with JBA for 15 years. He graduated from Nottingham university with a BSc Civil Engineering degree in 1973, and since then has worked for Leeds City Council and Yorkshire Water before joining us in 2002.

Pastures new

Having recently moved to Kendal, David and Sue are looking forward to enjoying their many hobbies. These include cycling, walking and working on their allotment (hopefully when they get one in a year or so).

David has been an invaluable member to JBA’s development, working on many key projects in the flood risk assessment and drainage sector, throughout his time here. He has also been instrumental in mentoring several protégées who will carry on the good work he has delivered.

Water and Environmental Management (WEM) Framework

Tom Sherwood, one of said protégées, is the JBA Bentley Site Manager on a large design and build scheme. The project looks to break-out and refurbish an existing ultrasonic concrete gauging station in the River Nidd at Skipbridge near Kirk Hammerton. The work is on the WEM Framework (Lot 4) for the Environment Agency and is anticipated to take about four months to complete.

The job will involve significant temporary works within the river channel. The programme is tight in order to comply with fisheries spawning and migration constraints. Tom and the team are therefore praying for a dry summer!

Asset Management

Emily Bradley, River and Coastal Engineer, also worked with David. Emily is currently working on the Environment Agency’s Asset Refurbishment Programme of Works. She’s looking at bridge repairs and improvements across Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire. The aim of the refurbishment programme is to either maintain the bridge to extend the residual life, or to improve the capacity of the structure depending of the client’s needs. Each bridge project involves scoping, outline design, costing, detailed design and construction.

Flood Risk Management

Gavin Hodson, Flood Risk and Drainage engineer, is currently working on the design of The Fleet Flood Alleviation Scheme for Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council. The design comprises of various components, including flood walls, swales and ponds. It will reduce flood risk to residential and industrial properties as well as the main dual carriage way into Redcar.

Gavin is also working on various FRAs for residential developments including surface water drainage design to support planning applications.

Moving forward

Chris Scott has recently been appointed to provide the senior support in this discipline moving forwards. Chris is a civil engineer with 30 years’ plus experience in civil engineering in the water sector. He’s worked in both public and private sectors primarily in flood risk, development and urban drainage.

His experience encompasses high level planning, feasibility studies and the design and implementation of river and urban drainage and related projects. He has extensive experience in the development and application of hydraulic models for use in flood risk analysis and detailed hydraulic design. This includes the design of drainage systems and SUDS for developments.

In addition to his technical experience, Chris has a proven track record as a Project Manager. He has managed numerous commissions for public and private clients. Including in these are flood risk assessments, feasibility studies, river basin strategies for flood mitigation and catchment flood management plans.

Want to know more?

If you’d like to know more about these projects or our flood risk assessment and drainage sector work, please contact Chris Scott, Tom Sherwood, Emily Bradley or Gavin Hodson.

You can also find out more on our engineering web pages.



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