Kevin Kirkland, the Managing Director of Land & Water Services has over five years of dedicated service to our company under his belt and has played an integral role in our success and growth. In this blog, we'll get to know Kevin better, his passion for the civil engineering industry, his daily responsibilities, and what makes Land & Water a remarkable place to work.
Our Earth Change division is responsible for habitat restoration and high-value ecosystem creation using re-used soil and sediments on landfills and saltmarshes across the UK. Recently, it has been working alongside Project Seagrass and Swansea University to design, construct and test an innovative Automated Seagrass Planter, patent pending, which will revolutionise the large-scale planting of seagrass, offering new hope for the restoration and preservation of vital coastal ecosystems.
We're excited to introduce you to one of the newer members of our team at Land & Water - James Thompson, our Graduate HR Advisor. James joined us in September 2022, bringing his passion for making a difference and providing a fresh perspective to our company.
We are thrilled to announce that we have now completed works as part of the largest restoration project that has ever taken place at World Heritage Site, Blenheim Palace.
Simon is an integral part of the Land & Water team, starting his journey with us back in 2009, he spent seven successful years here before exploring other opportunities with Tier 1 contractors Balfour Beatty and Wates Group. However, the call of Land & Water was strong, and in July of last year, Simon returned to the business to lead a cultural shift in how the Procurement and Supply Chain is managed. In total, Simon is now in his eighth year with the company.
Following successful trials at Chichester Harbour earlier this year (read more here), we are thrilled to be able to offer our innovative sediment drag box technology for bulk restoration of saltmarsh and intertidal habitats. This groundbreaking solution promotes marine conservation and offers a more environmentally sensitive alternative to dumping at sea.
At Land & Water, we love watching our team grow and are privileged to be able to support their passions by incorporating them into their career. Whether it be gaining new accreditations, branching out to a new area of the business or championing new initiatives we encourage our employees to make their roles their own.
In celebration of International Women In Engineering Day today we would like to introduce you to Fiona Moore, a key member of our team who plays a crucial role in driving improvements and bringing about positive change within our organisation. At Land & Water, we are proud to have a team of dedicated professionals who are passionate about making a difference in the civil engineering industry.
We have recently wrapped up an exciting six-month restoration project at the renowned National Trust property, Buscot House in Oxfordshire which dates back to the 18th century. This historic house, which serves as a visitor attraction, is the residence of Lord Faringdon. The restoration work involved extensive crest embankment protection of the property's lake and the reinstatement of an ancillary spillway.
At Land & Water, we pride ourselves on our dedicated team of professionals working towards our mission of protecting and improving the environment. One integral member of our team is Nick Lunn, our Associate Director of IT. Nick joined us in June 2012 and has since played a pivotal role in building our IT department. We spoke to Nick in order to find out more about his role at Land & Water.
We are pleased to announce that Land & Water is in the process of completing the largest winter dredge of Gloucester Dock.
We're thrilled to announce that Land & Water has been approved by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) as an ICE approved employer and secured an agreed ICE training scheme. This is a significant step forward for our company as it enables us to provide exceptional professional development and learning opportunities for both our current and future civil engineers.
Dan Jackson started his Land & Water journey in our Guilford head office 11 years ago. Since then he has relocated to the West Midlands in order to head up sales for our Plant Hire division and support our plant framework with the Environment Agency.
60% of the Saltmarsh habitats around the UK have been lost since 1945, and without some inspired interventions significant further losses will continue, fuelled by coastal squeeze (development), increased wash from boats, extreme climatic events (climate change influences) and rising sea levels.
Today is International Women’s Day and we wanted to take this opportunity to shine a spotlight on the work life and career journey of Kerry Ward, our fantastic Estimating Coordinator here at Land & Water who has been with us since 2010.
Leading wet civil and environmental engineering firm, Land & Water Group, has upgraded Berth 3 at Coldharbour Jetty, on the River Thames, to accommodate coaster vessels, used for short sea shipping, as part of a landmark development for the company.
Land & Water has always been passionate about people as we believe that is what truly makes our business great. It is officially National Apprenticeship Week and we thought this was the perfect opportunity to spotlight some of the amazing young people taking part in apprenticeship schemes with Land & Water.
Charlie Oakes has had a long journey with Land & Water so far and, luckily for us, shows no sign of stopping.
Our Apprentice Lizzie has been at Land & Water since 2020 and is making amazing progress in her career already.
Did you know that multiple studies show wastage in the UK construction sector falls between 30% and 38%, whilst the net profit margins of the 20 largest contractors average below 5%?
Our Assistant Resource Manager Jack Hornsby has been at Land & Water for almost eight years now and his current role as Assistant Resource Manager sees him look after the in-house pool of labour including Operatives.
Our Design Engineer Nick has been working on an exciting and innovative project ever since joining Land & Water in January.
Here at Land & Water Group we are delighted to announce that our organisation has received its Investors in People accreditation. As a business we are well known for delivering exceptional results for clients and driving industry innovation, but behind the scenes we are just as committed to being a first class employer.
Tim joined the Land & Water team just over one year ago and has taken on the responsibility of managing the design and site delivery of schemes and commercial projects.
As we continue our journey to carbon net zero, we have made some exciting new changes here at Land & Water which will futureproof the company as we continue to grow and thrive as a sustainable and responsible business.
Laurie joined the Land & Water team in 2019 because he saw the company’s diverse project portfolio and knew he wanted to get involved.
After joining over 15 years ago, there aren’t many elements of Land & Water that Project Manager James, doesn’t know.
It’s no secret that construction has been going through a rough patch in the past couple of years. Amidst the pandemic, output plummeted to record lows the likes of which it has yet to return from, despite it being one of the first industries to also bounce back in some way later.
From large dredging projects to smaller civil engineering projects, from private client works to frameworks, Estimator Luke Martin has seen the full scope of Land & Water’s services since joining the company in June last year and this is one of his favourite parts of the job.
Just 14% of the construction industry is female, and here at Land & Water we are making strides to ensure that our workforce improves gender equality standards.
One thing which we hear a lot of when speaking to our team is how much they love the variation of their work with Land & Water. Whether it’s a project up north utilising our marine expertise or vegetation works being carried out down south, no day is ever the same.
Our Commercial Manager Aaron joined Land & Water in October 2018 and is currently overseeing and managing the commercial performance of all live projects in the Southern region to ensure project compliance with contracts and procedures. Read more about a day in the life of Aaron.
We are so excited to share that the whole of Land & Water Group, including our bioengineering arm Terraqua Environmental Solutions (TES) and Land & Water Plant, has made the switch to using HVO fuel in its projects. This is part of our pathway to becoming Carbon Net Zero by 2030.
The Land & Water apprentices have now been with us for a year and we could not be prouder of their growth. We spoke to them individually to find out how they have found the past year and what they are looking forward to in the future.
Land & Water was fortunate enough to have four new apprentices start in August last year and over the past six months we have seen them become an integral part of the team, achieving vast amounts across different company departments.
We can officially say that Land & Water Services’ Managing Director, Adrian Gascoyne, has received his key to the Land & Water door after turning 21 (in work years!).
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) is ‘an equal world is an enabled world’.
Civil and environmental engineering experts Land & Water has achieved the covet-ed Health and Wellbeing Good Practice Award as part of the Investors In People (IIP) standard against which it was assessed. The company’s managing director, Adrian Gascoyne described it as a “proud moment” for everyone in the business’ 25-year history.
Leading civil and engineering company, Land & Water, is conducting a large scale dredging campaign at Pier No 8 in Dagenham which will also support the largest habitat creation scheme ever constructed inside the M25.
It’s been a busy few months for Land & Water’s Terraqua Environmental Solutions (TES) division with success in a number of contracts. July, August and September saw a wide variety of projects undertaken by the company, each job different and with a unique set of challenges.
The first quarter of 2019 has seen award-winning civil engineers, Land & Water go from strength to strength. With a number of award wins, new contracts and celebrating its 25th birthday, the company has already laid the foundations for an extremely successful summer ahead.
Terraqua Environmental Solutions (TES), provides a large range of high-quality products for use in aquatic and bioengineering projects. The team recently completed a contract for The Port of Tilbury London Limited. TES was contracted to plant up newly created ditches as part of a plan to provide advance compensatory habitat for water voles, and enable the habitat to mature prior to construction work beginning at the site.
On Friday 1 March, Mark Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes, visited award-winning civil engineers Land & Water Group at its project site at Campbell Wharf Marina where it is supporting Crest Nicholson.
Last week, Land & Water was named winner in the category Project of the Year by a Specialist (subcontract up to £1m) for its work at Taplow Bridge at the 2019 Construction News Specialists Awards.
To kickstart 2019, Land & Water Plant Hire has introduced a new tug to its fleet - ‘Domino.’
From Monday 4 March to Friday 8 March, award winning civil engineers Land & Water Group will be celebrating National Apprenticeship Week and encouraging young people to consider a career within the sector.
Land & Water is supporting the restoration of Agenda 21, a residential mooring site alongside the Oxford Canal towpath, situated three miles north of Oxford city centre.
On Friday 11 January, leading civil and environmental engineering company, Land & Water, held a volunteer’s day in partnership with the Canal & River Trust at its project site - the Montgomery Canal.
Award-winning civil and environmental engineering company, Land & Water Group, is proud to support International Women’s Day 2019 and the #BalanceforBetter Campaign.
Land & Water gained consent for developing a Habitat Creation Scheme on the River Thames at Rainham Marshes, the largest habitat creation project ever constructed inside the M25.
Canal & River Trust successfully achieved an important project at Aston Nature Reserves by engaging with Land & Water to help get their plans off the ground. The project to create two balancing ponds and a nature reserve would provide quality habitats as well as an open space for walkers.
The transition from silver to gold means that Land & Water can now provide better and faster support for their commercial partners, while bringing an added layer of confidence for new customers who may be looking for contractors to partner with.
Hudson Bay and Hoveton Broad are connected by a very narrow water channel. Natural England wanted to dredge both waterways and build a new area of fenland.
Bringing urgent and much needed protection to the River Thames, Thames Tideway are delivering an Super Sewer in Central London to combat the pollution that the current sewage system creates in times of heavy rainfall
Working with Sutton Harbour Holding plc, we developed a reliable and robust wave gate pontoon that will protect the marina in adverse weather conditions
Our work with Berkeley Homes required an innovative approach which saw us float an entire 40 tonne bridge up the River Thames
Working with the Environment Agency, the project required the removal of shoals to help improve river conveyance.
This difficult and potentially dangerous project made it impossible to send divers down to support the construction.
This project in a built-up area with a low bridge was part of a wider scheme to improve water quality and restore lost wildlife habitats following the impact of the Thames Tideway Tunnel.