A-one+ welcomed visitors from parent company CH2M today to meet with and update colleagues about future growth strategy, current work and company structure. The team included Gareth Heatley, Operations Director North UK and Europe; Mike Birch, UK North Development Director and A-one+ joint venture board member; Richard Keys, Operations Manager; Jon Harding, Highways Client Account Director and A-one+ joint venture board member; and Paul Williams, Operations Director.
During an hour long session the visitors talked through the new client-centric structure which separates the company into three sectors: Private, National Governments and State & Local Governments. The transition has streamlined the company allowing the three sectors to more effectively serve their clients’ needs.
A-one+ falls into the European State & Local Governments client sector and is widely recognised within CH2M as a key project.
Delivery of Highways England Road Investment Strategy 1 (RIS1) to 2020 is well embedded and will increase during the final year and RIS2 to 2025 is expected to offer £50 billion investment during the delivery period. The implications of Brexit are unknown, but there is no reduction in workload expected. We expect to see more emphasis on the design-build model which involves close partnerships with design teams and contractors working together to deliver projects from start to end.
Major highways projects that CH2M is currently working on in the UK include the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon upgrade, the central section of the A9 Dualling programme in the Scottish Highlands as well as the Lower Thames Crossing, which CH2M is technical partner for and will see a major new river crossing built between Essex and Kent that will reduce congestion and create new capacity on the regional road network.
Other areas of focus include developing a forward-thinking offering for local regions preparing to self-govern through devolution which includes a number of key areas in the north as well as Scotland.
The presentation included a question and answer session and a networking lunch which was well attended and received.