Consideration Wins National Commendation

Site Manager, Rob Hill has attended the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) annual National Awards Ceremony, where he picked up the Bronze Award.

Rob’s efforts on the five-month Thirlmere Compensation Flow scheme for United Utilities earned him JN Bentley’s highest ever score in two separate CCS Assessments. 

His combined score, which was based on assessments of site-specific management of eight issues including safety, welfare and environmental impacts, had already earned him a “Performance Beyond Compliance” certificate, but was also enough to secure a place for the Company in the prestigious National Final.

The event, which was held at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester, saw Rob’s project, worth c.£414,000 come up against some of the construction industry’s biggest names and project budgets, so his success was all the more recognition of the achievement.

General Manager, Ian Whitehead said, “Registering a project with the Considerate Constructors Scheme helps ensure that doing things the right way becomes a natural part of the planning process.” 

He added, “It’s a very useful planning tool and this award, which is an outstanding recognition of the team’s work on the project, is the icing on the cake for a well planned and executed contract for United Utilities.  Well done to the whole team.”

Pictured below (left to right): United Utilities’ Simon Povey (Project Manager) and Lynne Walker (Project Sponsor); JN Bentley’s Ian Whitehead (General Manager) and Rob Hill (Site Manager; United Utilities’ Andy Cawley (Programme Delivery Manager); and JN Bentley’s Lee Galloway (Design Co-ordinator) and Vanessa Paixao (Quantity Surveyor).


Community consideration wins client award

Once again, Mott MacDonald Bentley’s approach to supporting the community has been recognised by Yorkshire Water at their annual Community Spirit Awards.

At the ceremony on 19 March, MMB was awarded the prestigious accolade of “Community Impact – Team Award” following the work our Spen Valley Project Team has done to support the local community and environment during the course of the pipeline contract.

MMB’s Community Relations Officer for the project, Andy Ball picked up the award at the ceremony held at Bradford’s Aagrah Restaurant. 

General Manager, Ian Whitehead said “We’re delighted to have won this award.  It shows that MMB’s efforts in the local community have been recognised by our client and Andy deserves credit for all the work he’s done to build and maintain strong relationships during what has been an extremely sensitive project in the local community.”

As further testament to their success, the team has also received a “Performance Beyond Compliance” certificate from the Considerate Constructors Scheme following an assessment score of 4.5 out of 5 in each of their eight categories.  Unfortunately the team narrowly missed out on being shortlisted for one of their national awards by just half a mark following two assessments.

Pictured below picking up the Yorkshire Water Award is Andy Ball with Louise Bradbury, Amy Procter and Charlie Haysham of Yorkshire Water and Philip Walker from Carillion. (Carillion has been contracted by MMB to deliver 50% of the Spen Valley works.)



£4m Hydro contract secured

Following on from the success reported last month in securing our first contract with RWE npower renewables, we’re delighted to report that JN Bentley has won a second contract with this prestigious new client.

 The 47-week hydropower project will begin in June this year and will produce an average of more than 10GW hours each year – enough to supply around 2,000 households with their annual electricity needs.

The project involves the construction of a powerhouse, a low profile concrete intake weir on the River Glass and installation of 3.5km of buried 150cm diameter pipeline.

This £4m Black Rock Hydro Scheme in the north east of Scotland will further establish our business as one of the industry leaders in hydropower construction.



New client contracts for JN Bentley

 JN Bentley has been enjoying a recent run of successes in winning contracts with new clients.

Following on from our success at Blenheim Palace Reservoir last year, we’re delighted to have secured more work at another World Heritage Site, this time at Studley Lake (pictured below) within the Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Estate in North Yorkshire.

The £300,000 National Trust contract, to remove the silt from the lake, will be complete in just over 12 months.

We are also enjoying our continued expansion in the renewable energy market with a recent win with the Blairgowrie and Rattray Regeneration Company to construct a hydroturbine on the River Ericht in Perthshire.

This 16-week community-led project will begin in July and should be complete by mid-November this year.

Another household name added to our ever-growing client list over recent weeks includes the British Library.

The six-week enabling works contract, worth almost £175,000, will begin next week.  The project involves diverting water, foul and high pressure mains from the site at Thorp Arch in West Yorkshire, in preparation for the client’s construction of a new storage building.


A Team of Professionals

Last week, JN Bentley employee Jon Bester  passed the final stage of his Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) exams, achieving the fourth highest score in the world!

This phenomenal result was achieved in what is widely regarded by the profession as the toughest of all the CIMA exam papers. 

Our Finance Director, Andrew Davies said “Around 4,500 candidates from all over the world will have taken this paper so Jon’s result is a tremendous achievement – I’ve never seen anyone get a result this high before.” 

This particular paper is tough because it requires the candidate to demonstrate that they can apply the knowledge they’ve gained throughout the entire course in the practical context of a given case study.  Because of this, it’s the paper that shows employers that their employee really knows how to apply the technical skills they’ve learned and can do so under significant time pressure.

Before Jon can claim the prestigious ‘ACMA’ letters after his name (Associate Chartered Management Accountant), he will now have to complete a record of his experience over the next 12 months.  But, with his achievements to date and ongoing support from Andrew, we’re sure he’s already well on his way.

We’re delighted that many of our employees have gained professional accreditation and chartered status in their chosen professions over the last 12 months:

Institution of Civil EngineersStuart McBryer and Steve Hobson are engineers based in our Bradford Office.  Both gained their Chartered Engineer status from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in late 2009 after each sitting an exam and presenting a portfolio to a panel of judges.  Their portfolios demonstrated evidence of their skills as civil engineers through their work on Mott MacDonald Bentley contracts in the water sector.

Royal Institution of Chartered SurveyorsPaul Hearn, a quantity surveyor from our Skipton Office, gained chartered status from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) after presenting to a panel of judges detailing his work on the JN Bentley contract to construct the new Skills Centre at South Craven School.

Chartered Institute of MarketingKate Crawford, our Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility Officer based at the Skipton Office, gained Chartered Marketer status after passing the Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and then submitting evidence of continuous professional development over the last two years to the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

Chartered Quality InstituteJohn Smithson, our Quality Adviser based at Skipton, also presented a portfolio of his experience to the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) and was accepted as a Chartered Member.

Well done to everyone.  We’re confident that all our professionals will be able to maintain their accreditation in 2010 and we’re delighted to be supporting Jon, and many others currently recording their continuous professional development, to achieve accreditation from their respective professional bodies.

We hope others in the business will follow their footsteps and enjoy the sense of achievement and personal reward that comes with professional accreditation.


More Water Contract Success

In October 2009, we were very pleased to report that Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB) had already secured frameworks with Severn Trent Water, Scottish Water and Yorkshire Water.

We are now delighted to report that we have since been confirmed as winners of a further two frameworks with Yorkshire Water, meaning we have now secured work for their Reservoirs, Sewerage and Other Installations work streams across the whole Yorkshire region.

The overall value of these Yorkshire Water frameworks is likely to exceed £45m a year, which represents healthy growth in the value of work we manage for them compared with the last asset management period (AMP4).

We have also been awarded a contract to manage the capital programme for Cambridge Water, which is a very exciting development for MMB.  This win gives us the opportunity to build on our water sector expertise by expanding our service offering at the same time as we gain experience of working with this new client in a new region.


Our ENVision Vision

For the last five years JN Bentley has been proud to work with The Coal Authority on minewater remediation projects under its ENVision I Framework.

Following our success throughout this framework, we are now delighted to report that in December 2009 The Coal Authority announced that our bidding for the ENVision II Framework had been successful, securing work with the client for the next four years.

We were also extremely pleased that the first framework finished on a high last year when The Coal Authority’s Dawdon project, which we were involved in, scooped the “Water & Wastewater Project” Award at Edie’s third annual Awards for Environmental Excellence.

The award was clinched for the innovative approach to protecting the water table of Durham from contamination.  The mass closure of collieries in the area during the early 1980s meant that the pumping of minewater from the underground workings had stopped. 

This had caused a threat of minewater contaminating the overlying aquifer (which provides 36 million litres of drinking water a day) as well as minewater discharges onto the East Durham coast line and River Wear.

In the most complicated minewater treatment scheme ever to be constructed in the UK, the project was successfully carried out for The Coal Authority in an excellent demonstration of the benefits of collaboration, involving all of their engineering and environmental partners including JN Bentley, WS Atkins, Interserve and Mott MacDonald.

The Dawdon project was also commended in 2009 by the Institution of Civil Engineers in the over £4m category of the prestigious Robert Stephenson Awards and we had also won The Coal Authority’s own Environmental Performance Award for our part in this project during 2008, which made it the second year in a row that we had won this award.


JN Bentley secures hydro contract with RWE npower renewables

JN Bentley has secured a significant hydro project worth £720,000 with an important new blue-chip client, RWE npower renewables. 

RWE npower renewables is a UK subsidiary of RWE Innogy (which also owns npower – the UK’s largest electricity supplier) and has stated its aim to be at the forefront of realising Government targets to source 15% of electricity from renewables by 2015.

This particular project involves civils works to construct a new 750kW hydro plant at Selset Reservoir (which is owned by Northumbrian Water). It’s expected that, once complete, the plant will produce enough electricity for about 1,000 homes, as well as feeding supplies into the national grid.

The scheme will work by connecting into the existing discharge mains from the reservoir and diverting some of the flow into the hydro plant power house, which we are building as part of the contract.

To ensure the new power house is sympathetic to the picturesque surroundings, the steel portal will be clad with masonry and appropriate roofing materials to give the impression of being traditionally built.

Working collaboratively with the client and NWL Operations from the early planning stages onwards, we will also be constructing the large diameter outfall pipework and structures needed downstream of the power house. 

Other supporting works, including a new access road and the necessary mechanical and electrical work, also form part of our contract.

We hope that our growing expertise and reputation within the hydropower sector will be evident from the delivery of a successful scheme for this high profile client and will act as a spring board to securing new work in this sector.

We will begin work on the 46-week construction programme in mid-March.