Initially the requirements were to produce three Outline Business Cases where the funding was allocated for 2019/20. The task was to complete the hydraulic modelling, undertake an economic assessment and write the business cases.
The programme for this was very tight due to us beginning the work in late November 2019 and construction needed to be completed by the end of March 2020.
Furthermore, many of these locations flooded in the previous month so there was added pressure to deliver the business case in order to secure funding for the scheme.
Our contribution Working on behalf of Atkins via the West Midlands Shared Professional Services Framework, Waterman Aspen provided a resource to deliver technical support for capital schemes in the clients office.
Through undertaking this role within the integrated multi-disciplinary team, our secondee led the successful approval of business cases, secured funding and supported with scheme delivery.
The role incorporated the following activities:
- Hydraulic modelling of options to test feasibility and provide flooded depths for economic assessment.
- Economic assessment adhering to the latest guidance from the Multi Coloured Manual, Green Brook and Environment Agency guidance.
- Leading the project risk management process, identifying, allocating, mitigating and reporting project risks.
- Production of Outline Business Cases for submission to the Environment Agency.
- Clarifications and amendments following assurance reviews, ensuring Financial Scheme of Delegation approval.
- Stakeholder engagement with the community, surveyors and contractors.
- Project management and reporting of outcome measures, forecast spend and profiling.
Making a difference In undertaking the seconded role for Warwickshire, the Waterman Aspen resource was also able to analyse their entire capital programme and advise on the requirements for each project, whether funding could be applied for in support of appraisal work and identify further pipeline projects to further strengthen the programme.