Spring issue of Waterman Times
Several initiatives have come to fruition in recent months. We have launched our new sustainability group future360 to focus on improving the sustainability performance of projects and managing risks for our clients by addressing environmental, social and economic aspects, challenges and goals as part of every project.
In partnership with PwC, Waterman recently jointly published a guidance paper on Responsible Investment on behalf of the British Venture Capital Association. Waterman has also recently launched future360 sustainability screening reports to benchmark the sustainability performance of existing assets and sustainability risks when acquiring new properties.
We have been advising clients on carbon and energy reduction strategies and we have promoted our expertise in the renewable energy sector. In Scotland, we have been managing planning applications for over 150 separate single rural wind turbines.
In Australia, Waterman has been appointed to provide technical assistance on the National Broadband Network roll out programme. This will involve the laying of fibre optic cabling to 93% of Australian homes, schools and businesses providing broadband speeds of up to one gigabit per second.
Since the last issue of Waterman Times, we have increased the diversification of our Information & Communications Technology (ICT) group and in Australia a new director has been appointed. ICT is used in all industries, however it is particularly prevalent in hospitals, universities, defence, retail and leisure sectors where network based management of electronically stored, transmitted and received information is becoming more readily available to all users.
In the UK, Waterman has continued to focus on its core property and infrastructure markets and we welcome the Chancellor’s Autumn statement regarding future investment in education and transportation. We have been appointed for the conversion of Hampden Park Stadium in Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Our environment impact assessment teams have recently been particularly busy processing planning applications for our property clients.
I do hope that you will enjoy the Spring issue of Waterman Times and reading about our increasing diversity of projects and expertise.
Nick Taylor, Chief Executive
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