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James Colcombe

James Colcombe, 38, principal engineer, Cardiff Principal engineer James Colcombe, 38, specialises in preparing and implementing infrastructure projects, working out of Halcrow's Cardiff offi ce.

Recent successes include a consultancy contract for regeneration of the former Ebbw Vale steelworks site.

To win the contract Halcrow developed an innovative approach to delivering the project. 'We knew the Welsh Development Agency was keen on sustainable project delivery so we thought about how we were going to implement better practice in sustainable development, ' he explains.

'The best way to embark on that was to get the client and stakeholders such as the Environment Agency and potential developers together at a very early stage in the project and talk about each organisation's objectives for the project so that we could come up with an agreed set of sustainable objectives.' As a result, any remediation solutions Halcrow develops can be measured against these objectives and all parties can understand how the company arrived at these proposals.

Colcombe's interest in project delivery led him to take a leading role in the development and implementation of the company's 'Project Excellence' programme, designed to raise the standard of project management expertise within Halcrow.

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