Working in a collaborative team convened by our client the Environment Agency, and partners including East Staffordshire Borough Council, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and The National Forest; the project provides the key to unlock the environmental and community value of a 630-hectare area of undeveloped floodplain and green infrastructure resource. “Our shared vision was distilled from wide ranging aspirations, strategies and policies. We developed a strong consensus amongst partners and the local community; adding value through creative yet contextually responsive landscape design concepts, robust natural capital accounting, and innovative information sharing via digital StoryMaps,” according to Matt Clegg, director of Black & Veatch’s environmental consulting business. Black & Veatch’s Ecosystem Services Valuation enabled data-driven judgements where the relative benefits and value of proposals could be compared and understood by the layperson, using a unique 3D digital visualisation tool. The results exceeded client and project partner expectations and facilitated future funding of more than £2 million for the next phase of development and implementation. Winning the Landscape Institute Award acknowledges the approach’s success. “It is clear to see how the public has been engaged, and how their responses have been integrated into the solutions,” commented the judging panel which named Burton Washlands winner in the institution’s Local Landscape Planning category. In response to the challenge of climate change, Government is investing £2.5 billion in projects to reduce flood risk. “There is, however, a growing need to match this funding through partnership contributions from local communities and business. Thus the need to build consensus about the projects’ scope, execution and wider legacy is increasing. Our award-winning strategy at Burton typifies the innovative approach that can underpin investment in all critical infrastructure projects. It demonstrates our ability to support clients to deliver a wider legacy of environmental and social net gain” added Clegg. Editor’s Notes: Click here to learn more about Black & Veatch’s environmental consulting work. The Landscape Institute is the chartered body for the landscape profession. It is an educational charity that promotes the art and science of landscape practice. The annual Landscape Institute Awards applaud those working on the most innovative projects to have shaped, restored and protected the natural and built environment. Black & Veatch’s other world-class environmental consulting projects include:Minsmere RSPB Reserve: A multi-award winning project protecting a nature reserve of international importance – provided Environmental Impact Assessments, Habitat Regulations Assessment screening, consultation Felixstowe Coastal Defences: Protecting communities from flood, and the status of a Site of Special Scientific Interest – provided Environmental Impact Assessments, environmental statement River Thames Scheme: £475 million flood alleviation programme to protect communities and critical infrastructure - provided Ecosystem Services Valuation Media Contact Information: MALCOLM HALLSWORTH | +44 1737 856594 p | +44 7920 701764 m | HallsworthM@BV.com 24-HOUR MEDIA HOTLINE | +1 866 496 9149 0 About Black & Veatch Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2018 were US$3.5 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media. Related Insights How are the Largest U.S. Cities Managing Rising Costs for Water and Sewer Services? According to respondents in the 2018-2019 50 Largest Cities Water & Wastewater Rate Survey, utilities are modifying how they charge for services to address revenue stability and affordability concerns. With Grid Modernization, Utilities Poised For Most Visible Transformation The annual Strategic Directions Report series offers analysis and insights into key issues and trends facing the smart cities and utilities, electric, natural gas, and water utility sectors. Designing Mines with Water in Mind Climate change, a growing global population and accelerating urbanization are deepening concern over the world’s water security. Digital Water There’s huge potential to reap the true benefits of advances in digital water future, no matter what stage of the journey you are on. Black & Veatch uses Memphis sewer project as moment to mentor contractors about avoiding job harm Black & Veatch shared its time-tested safety practices during a free seminar for local supervisors and contractors working on the 10-year Memphis Sanitary Sewer Overflow program.