Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Engineering consultancy BWB targets green growth with senior sustainability hire

Nottingham-based BWB Consulting has made a second strategic hire as it prepares to exploit major new opportunities driving the future of the built environment.

Chris Miller-Jones joins the CAF-owned business as Director of Sustainability with a brief to offer a sustainable asset management service to clients and drive the company’s own net zero pathway.

His appointment comes only a month after BWB revealed it has recruited the former head of Capita’s infrastructure business, Graham Sant, as an Executive Director.

Miller-Jones’ appointment follows his return to the UK after a two-and-a-half year stint with Arcadis in Boston, USA, and this is his second spell with BWB.

His appointment comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson put sustainability front and centre of government priorities with a 10 point-plan for a green recovery.

Chris explained: “Sustainability is one of the fastest-accelerating trends impacting on the built environment as the industry responds to the UK government’s pledge to be net zero by 2050. The same applies to digitalisation, where we have developed our own data platform to complement industry-standard tools.

“Government has ground to make up as it seeks to get on track with some ambitious carbon reduction targets, and people’s expectations about sustainable living will drive societal change as we emerge from the pandemic.

“Both of these trends have huge implications for current and future development, across supply chains and throughout asset lifecycles. But they also bring huge opportunities and BWB is well-placed to support clients by helping them develop and deliver compelling net zero propositions which embrace these sustainability challenges and unlock long-term benefits.”

Huge swathes of the current built environment will need upgrading to meet future environmental performance standards, with the construction industry also needing to reduce its landfill impact.

And a whole carbon lifecycle approach to development will also change the way projects are designed and delivered, with a need for connected digital tools which enable better monitoring and management of asset performance.

Chris added: “Sustainability goes beyond technology – for BWB, it’s a design philosophy that is embedded in all of our projects, designing for climate change and a net zero future.

“I’ve returned to BWB because they’ve got the ingredients in place to deliver real-world impact for clients. We’ve got thought-leading expertise across our teams, and our digital and data analytics platforms put us in a very strong position to drive innovation and performance in projects.”

Steve Wooler, BWB’s CEO, added: “Markets remain challenging right now, but we’re aiming to be in pole position to exploit new opportunities with clients that will help underpin our future growth. That’s why we’re investing heavily in expertise.

“Chris has a passion for maximising the multi-faceted opportunities that truly sustainable development creates and a track record of assisting major clients delivering challenging projects. He also understands BWB’s ethos – to create value by being agile in both thought and action, innovative in approach and client-centric in delivery.”

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