Colleagues representing interdisciplinary expertise from across the RSK group will be attending this year’s Highways UK event hosted by Institute of Highway Engineers. Taking place on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 November in Birmingham, the event will bring together leaders from across the highways planning, development and management space to discuss how to future proof the national road network.
ADAS Environment is a leading provider of specialist ecology, archaeology, arboriculture, and land and woodland management services, offering dedicated support to aid the delivery of highways schemes. RSK Habitat Management also has significant experience delivering major infrastructure and conservation projects, and has expertise in practical ecology, landscaping and nature-based solutions. Together, as part of ADAS Natural Solutions, they help clients achieve sustainability targets and leave a legacy by unlocking nature’s potential to enhance biodiversity, capture carbon and deliver other ‘natural capital’ benefits.
At the event, Andy Weaver, Director, Infrastructure at Copper, will be chairing a panel discussion to explore biodiversity and creating, restoring and connecting road spaces to nature. Andy will be joined by representatives from leading environmental and infrastructure consultancies as they debate new challenges, opportunities and innovations for implementing biodiversity net gain across the national highways network.
“When it comes to the environment, the public, customers and stakeholders will rightly expect more from the highways sector in the years ahead. The industry is taking important steps to deliver innovations towards biodiversity net gain, but if we do not bring this to life in the minds of our stakeholders, we will always be on the back foot in this conversation,” said Andy.
“Our latest research shows that, although we have an ever-improving story to tell, if we do not commit to promoting it, we will lose control of our own narrative, slowing down consenting and construction of new schemes. We need to secure political support and public buy-in on the major issues. We have an opportunity to make the most of the excellent work taking place when building roads for good.”
Also in attendance this year will be representatives from six RSK group companies, including:
CR Civil Engineering, a civil engineering contractor with more than 20 years’ experience delivering work for National Highways and local authorities.
Ian Farmer Associates, a multidisciplinary ground investigation specialist that delivers geotechnical and geoenvironmental investigations for major infrastructure projects.
Structural Soils, a national ground investigation specialist that also offers services from four UKAS-accredited laboratories, including a ‘Red’ laboratory, and has specialist downhole testing capability.
RSK Biocensus is a leading environmental consultancy with a large, expert team of in-house ecologists supported by over 700 suppliers.
Copper supports transport clients to secure planning consent and on-site delivery through effective communication and advocacy campaigns, contractor bid support and social value strategy.
SCP, a transport planning and infrastructure design specialist, provides technical advice, from tender to delivery, for highway and infrastructure schemes.
Join Andy on Wednesday, 2 November at 13:10 BST and speak to representatives from across the RSK Group on that day and Thursday, 3 November.