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Viewpoint: Why expertise pays off

An increasing population coupled with ageing assets that require maintenance whilst still being used means it is crucially important to maximise the lifecycle of the UK’s roads and railways.

This, combined with ongoing economic pressures, also means our clients need to get more from their existing assets and should expect more in the design and performance of new ones.

Over the last three years Amey has been building a capability and engineering philosophy that aligns with the optimisation in performance of existing and new assets, and which is aligned to the objectives and economic constraints of our customers.

To support this we have strengthened our engineering capability in rail, highways and property and we have invested in technology development expertise. As well, we have acquired further specialist capability most recently in transportation planning through the acquisition of TPi.

Innovation will continue to be top priority in 2011/12 and by consistently improving the way we design and manage infrastructure we look forward to further growth”

Andy Milner

As a consultancy we are able to offer the full range of services supporting our client’s decisions on infrastructure investment decisions and deliver innovative design and asset management solutions.

Our recent focus has been on cost, but we have continued to build capability around renewable energy and sustainability to support the ever present need to reduce carbon emissions.

For example, as part of Birmingham City Council’s Highways PFI we have designed an innovative street lighting solution that uses light emitting diode technology to replace all of the city’s street lamps.

This provides an annual energy consumption reduction of 30% and virtually eliminates operational running costs.

Our focus on the design of major infrastructure schemes remains to provide innovation and engineering excellence, which ensures performance and deliverability of the solution.

Amey is currently delivering innovative and complex design solutions across all sectors, including major bridge box girder strengthening schemes. We continue to build on our proven expertise in the delivery of these complex designs, including new highways, both in the UK and overseas, and in rail where we have a fully integrated multidisciplinary design capability.

We have also concentrated on developing new capability for airport civils infrastructure and the introduction of technology to improve operational performance and provide data that continuously helps to improve our design and consulting capability.

Amey is a new breed of consultant. Many clients recognise the value that our breadth of expertise can bring to current and future challenges. We can deliver an integrated service, providing expertise from inception to operation and maintenance, and to support our clients’ decision making throughout the whole asset lifecycle.

Innovation will continue to be top priority in 2011/12 and by consistently improving the way we design and manage infrastructure we look forward to further growth, strengthening our capabilities as well as exploring new geographies.

  • Andy Milner is the managing director for consulting at Amey. Last year the company won the NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year Major Firm award.


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