Leading in society’s pursuit for resilience – an integrated approach

Resilience in the face of climate change is going to drive much of the work we do in the coming years and our ambition is to lead the way in providing innovative, integrated and sustainable solutions to address the climate challenges we face. Close collaborative working across and between all our disciplines at JBA is crucial to us achieving our ambition.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be shining the spotlight on the integrated working between our Environment and Engineering disciplines and how this approach allows us to deliver solutions for our clients that bring together traditional engineering methods and nature-inspired solutions that are low carbon in their construction, operation and decommissioning, enhance and protect the natural environment and have wider societal benefits too.

Steve Maslen, Head of Environment and Sustainability, and Richard Buck, Head of Engineering, reflect on the challenges we’re facing and the benefits of working in this integrated way.

“Over the years, particularly in our Leeds and our Peterborough offices, we’ve always had close working relationships between our environmental staff and our design engineers and construction teams. Having environmental experts present on projects right from the very initial stages has been crucial to anticipating any environmental issues and allowing us to design the right solution for the client the first time. With the increased risks we’re facing from climate change and the need to not only build resilience into our assets and communities but to mitigate climate change by adopting low-carbon solutions, we are faced with increasingly complex challenges.

In order to rise to these challenges, the solutions we deliver for our clients will require even further integration, with projects needing people with a wide range of skills to work on them – beyond just our Environment and Engineering teams. We’ll need to draw on the expertise across all our different disciplines at JBA in order to achieve this, which will in turn, provide lots of opportunities for our staff to learn from each other and develop their skills by working on increasingly challenging projects. For example, there are huge benefits to our engineers in understanding more about the environmental and ecological issues they might face on a project – as it’s often the unknowns that can catch you out. Some years ago, these issues might have been seen as a barrier to overcome, but with this understanding and input from our environmental experts, they can be seen as a real opportunity, to be part of designing innovative solutions that make a real difference.

Good communication and really understanding the different skills that our people across JBA can bring to a project are key to our success here. This integrated, holistic approach not only delivers benefits to the environment and our communities, to our staff and their development but, ultimately, to our clients. Our clients are increasingly looking for these kinds of solutions from us.”

Want to know more?

We’ll be sharing a range of project case studies and blogs over the coming weeks that demonstrate the success of closely integrated working between our Environment and Engineering teams, including multi-award winning flood defence schemes at South Ferriby and Great Yarmouth. Click for more information about our work in Environmental Services and Engineering and keep up to date with our latest content on our social channels, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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