Awards success for Bentley in Yorkshire and Humber

JN Bentley, Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB) and JBA Bentley have enjoyed a successful night at the prestigious Institution of Civil Engineers’ (ICE) Awards in Yorkshire and Humber.

The night saw JN Bentley, MMB and JBA Bentley pick up five prizes at a ceremony held in the grand surroundings of the National Railway Museum in York.

MMB’s scheme at Butterley Impounding Reservoir at Marsden, West Yorkshire, won the Smeaton Award for projects greater than £500,000 and less than £5m. 

The project incorporates significant investment to ensure that the only Grade II listed spillway in the United Kingdom, continues to guarantee the safety of the residents of Marsden and beyond, whilst trying to maintain its legacy long into the future.

Mark Duquemin, ICE Awards Secretary for Yorkshire and Humber, said, “The Butterley spillway project successfully delivered a sensitive upgrade of a listed structure making it fit for the 21st century. The judges were impressed, in particular, by the project team’s approach to health and safety, collaborative design and construction.”

MMB Operations Manager Chris Wilcock told us, “The award is gratification for the effort and dedication shown by the team involved with Butterley. 

“It is testament for facing issues head on as a team, and for maintaining outstanding standards of health and safety throughout.”

MMB’s project replacing all the corroded metalwork within the valve towers at Digley Reservoir was awarded a Certificate of Excellence, and projects at Flamborough Head, where the pumping station was relocated, and JBA Bentley’s Chantry Cottages scheme, where stabilisation improvements were made to 1km of flood embankment, were both highly commended.

Finally, JN Bentley Project Leader Nasar Adam won the New Ambassador Award for his work to engage students in civil engineering and other STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) subjects.

Nasar said, “As an ICE Ambassador, I have been given the opportunity to help give back to local schools.  It’s a great feeling when you can see the students engaging with the subjects and beginning to understand what is involved with being an engineer.”

Butterley Spillway Improvements Team – Winner of the ICE Y&H Smeaton Award 2017

The ICE’s Yorkshire and Humber awards are presented annually to highlight the achievements of civil engineers in region and how these benefit the local community, economy and environment.


JN Bentley launches Annual Review

JN Bentley has published its latest Annual Review.

The Review provides an overview of projects from across the business, including those delivered by our joint venture companies Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB) and JBA Bentley (JBA-B).

It also covers important areas such as health and safety, environmental management, training and development, wellbeing, and community.

The Review also celebrates successes and memorable events from 2016, including royal visits, the beginning of a roll out of a state-of-the-art bespoke IT system, and our reaction to the severe winter floods.

You can read JN Bentley’s Annual Review below, or download the document here.

Interested in joining the ever-growing JN Bentley team? Read more on our website.


Placement and graduates – recruiting now!

JN Bentley’s placement and graduate opportunities for 2017 are now open for applications.

We’re looking for talented individuals to join our teams across the UK  – with placement and graduate opportunities available across various disciplines, from civil engineering and quantity surveying to accounting and communications.

Read how you can ‘Build your career @ JN Bentley’ in the brochure below, and start your application by clicking here.


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JBA Bentley commended by the Institution of Civil Engineers

Environmental engineering specialist JBA Bentley has been commended by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) for team achievement whilst working alongside the Environment Agency to deliver the Flood Defence Asset Repair Programme of Works.

The ICE in the East Midlands presented JBA Bentley with the Team Achievement commendation at a ceremony held at the Belfy Hotel in Nottingham.

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Photo Credit – Institution of Civil Engineers

The Asset Repair Programme of Works, currently worth up to a projected £13 million, is delivering repairs to flood defences across Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire. These defences will protect properties, critical infrastructure and prime agricultural land from both fluvial and tidal flooding.

Both teamwork and leadership have been essential to the successful delivery of a challenging programme. The attitude of the team is outstanding; everyone is working hard to ensure that the programme is being delivered efficiently, safely and within budget.


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Operations Manager, Ian Bester, said, “This programme is extremely important as it is protecting such a significant number of properties and infrastructure.  The team has gone from a standing start in 2014, establishing themselves in Peterborough and developing strong relationships with the client which has contributed towards securing further work.  This is testament to everyone’s hard work and commitment to the programme.

“The strong sense of teamwork and leadership between all of the different parties involved in the scheme is proving critical to its success.”

The JBA Bentley Limited joint venture between civil engineering contractor JN Bentley, and water and environmental specialists, JBA Consulting, was established in 2013, and has delivered a number of successful schemes across the UK.

Learn more about JBA Bentley here.


JBA Bentley secures place on £70 million contract

Environmental engineering company JBA Bentley has been selected as one of thirteen contractors that will deliver a £70 million civil engineering programme in Wales.

Starting this year, the four year framework with client Natural Resources Wales will see JBA Bentley deliver coastal and river defence schemes in the south of the country.

After successfully securing a place on Lot 1 South, JBA Bentley will focus on delivering complex civil engineering works such as: flood embankments constructed from earthworks, rock armouring and geotextile materials; floodwater retention structures and reservoirs; pumping stations; and trash screens.


JBA Bentley Limited is a joint venture between JN Bentley and JBA Consulting, established in 2013. The partnership brings together the specialist skills and expertise of two firms: civil engineering contractor JN Bentley and environmental consultant and designer JBA Consulting.

Natural Resources Wales is a Welsh Government Sponsored Body, responsible for ensuring that the environment and natural resources of Wales are sustainably maintained, sustainably enhanced and sustainably used, now and in the future.

The principle of sustainability is shared by JBA Bentley and over the lifetime of this framework there will be a focus on keeping project expenditure within Wales through the use of local labour and materials, establishing regional supply chains, and promoting the sustainability and community benefits of projects.

JBA Bentley is well positioned to deliver this framework. JBA’s existing office in Newport means that we have a strong regional presence and our track record of delivering projects for National Resources Wales, such as the Crindau Pill Flood Alleviation Scheme, means that we have a good understanding of the needs of our client and the communities they serve.

Learn more about JBA Bentley here.


JN Bentley achieves ‘Platinum’ status

Civil engineering and construction company JN Bentley has achieved ‘platinum’ status for environmental management and performance in Business in the Community’s (BITC) Environment Index 2016.

A score of 96% places the business alongside the very top performing companies and sees JN Bentley achieve ‘platinum’ status for the second consecutive year.


The Environment Index is a detailed environmental assessment that allows firms to compare environmental performance and management against other organisations within their industry and beyond.

The score is based on JN Bentley’s performance across five categories: Corporate Strategy, Integration, Disclosure, Performance and Management.

Across three of the five categories JN Bentley scored 100%, and bettered the sector average on all five measures.

Achieving a platinum status for the second year in a row is evidence of JN Bentley’s on-going commitment to maintain the highest environmental standards.

Our company vision is to achieve zero environmental incidents across all projects and premises. The 2016 Environmental Index result provides assurances that our efforts to achieve this vision are being successful.

Please click here to find out more about the Environment Index, and read more about JN Bentley’s environmental performance here.


JN Bentley is presented with a National Payroll Giving Award

Civil engineering and construction company JN Bentley has been awarded a National Payroll Giving ‘Silver Award’ for a commitment to promoting payroll giving over the last twelve months.

Payroll Giving is a flexible scheme which allows anyone who pays UK income tax to give regularly and on a tax free basis to charities and good causes of their choice.


The Silver Award recognises JN Bentley as an organisation that is committed to fostering a culture of philanthropy and committed giving in the workplace.

In 2015, our employees contributed £3910 to UK charities through the Payroll Giving Scheme, with many opting to continue to donate through the scheme in 2016.

Payroll Giving is beneficial to the employee because donations are deducted before tax so each £1 donated only costs the employee 80p (or 60p for higher rate tax payers).

It is also beneficial to charities because they receive the total donation including tax without having to reclaim tax at a later date.

This initiative is just one small part of JN Bentley’s wider Corporate Responsibility Programme. In 2015, with the help of our employees, we raised a total of £99,082 for charity.

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Read about JN Bentley’s CR Programme in our Annual Review – available here.

This included money donated through our “matched fundraising” scheme to support the fundraising efforts of our employees, philanthropic donations made to local, national and international charities and sponsorship of charity and community events around the UK.


JN Bentley attends launch of Green Construction Board’s new standard on carbon management in infrastructure

JN Bentley has attended the launch of a new standard that has been developed to encourage a consistent approach to the management of carbon in infrastructure.

PAS (Publicly Available Specification) 2080 was developed by the Construction Leadership Council’s Green Construction Board and lays out the components and principles of a carbon management system and the requirements of the whole value chain.

Success story: Hybrid excavators

As a member of the Green Construction Board’s Infrastructure Working Group, JN Bentley has played its part in the development of the PAS and its accompanying guidance document.

JN Bentley has a strong track record of making savings for clients; reducing embodied carbon is one such way of achieving these savings.

The launch of the PAS gave us opportunity to report back on some of our original carbon-reducing commitments, made when signing the Infrastructure Carbon Review (ICR) in 2014. The ICR is a joint initiative to reduce carbon in infrastructure – over 50 major organisations have now signed up.

Upon launching the PAS, Skills Minister and Co-Chair of the Construction Leadership Council, Nick Boles, said, “Today I’ve heard about the great strides being made by businesses in driving forward the pledges from the Infrastructure Carbon Review.

“Business has cottoned on to how saving carbon, saves costs. The launch of the infrastructure standard provides a tool to enable industry to take the next step and I encourage them to do just that.”

You can read more on the Green Construction Board website – click here.