Planning, needs identification and design development

Binnies provides engineering design services across the whole design life cycle, from asset planning through definition and production design to construction support, commissioning and site supervision. We are experienced in working with our clients during the early stages of the design process, beginning with planning, needs identification and design development.

Understanding the desired outcomes and goals of our clients before the design process begins is critical. This may include understanding multiple stakeholder needs, be they statutory or wider-community ones. Our clients often have wide ranges of corporate goals in addition to specific technical requirements. All of these needs are taken into consideration by our multidisciplinary teams and accounted for during the design process. This is combined with a focus on designing for safety and the incorporation of innovative and digital solutions, which we believe provide a unique offering.

We are familiar with a variety of frameworks that balance social, economic and environmental drivers, such as Welsh government’s well-being goals, six capitals thinking and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Our processes ensure that at every step of the design process we consider these outcomes in a weighted and proportionate way by using our bespoke engineering approach, which is fully ISO accredited.

Understanding the existing condition of current assets is critical to determining the technical challenges that we may face during the design process. Using total expenditure (TOTEX) principles to determine whether an intervention is required, that is, identifying if a no-build or nature-based solution is viable, to utilising the available latent capacity of existing assets (minimising build) through to providing an optimised build solution (low build), we can minimise the cost and social and environmental impacts of our solutions. For the Environment Agency, at the Keadby pumping station, we developed a notional new-build solution into a scheme that reused the existing pumping station infrastructure, thereby significantly reducing the cost and economic impact.

We understand the importance of client and stakeholder approval of spend versus outcomes. We have extensive experience of developing client business cases using client-specific methodologies, such as that for Thames Water or the HM Treasury Green Book methodology for the Environment Agency. We frequently report on the realisation of multiple benefits or outcomes to ensure that corporate and project goals are aligned. The experience we gain in one sector is frequently shared with others. As an example, our experience of using the HM Treasury Green Book optimism bias approach in our flood and coastal work has been widely shared across our work in the water sector, thereby enabling more realistic early construction-cost estimates.

Binnies is part of the RSK Group of companies

RSK Group is a leading integrated environmental, engineering and technical services business offering bespoke end-to-end solutions to a variety of sectors. Headquartered in the UK but with an established presence throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, RSK helps organisations around the world achieve their business aspirations in a sustainable and efficient manner.