Andrew Harbottle

Project Manager

When did you join Waterman Aspen?

I joined Waterman Aspen’s Central Team in November 2021 before moving into the new Utilities and Streetworks division at the beginning of 2022.

What does a typical day look like in your role or secondment?

This week I have completed my first utilities and Streetworks secondment as Traffic Coordinator for Murphy Group. Day to day would involve managing all permitting elements and back-office street works functions including applying for permits, TTRO’s and other Streetworks reports. Murphy Group are a fantastic company, and I am pleased to say I am leaving it in very capable hands of a fellow Waterman Aspen employee as we continue our positive relationship with our client.

What training or education have you received at Waterman Aspen?

Professional Development of our secondment staff is critical to our success. As Area Managers who are also placed in Secondment, we too need the professional qualification in the relevant accredited bodies. I am due to be booked in on NRSWA accreditation in the very near future, but I have also had the opportunity to attend other educational events, most recently a Pipe Lines Industry Guild lunch where we have a corporate membership.

What’s the best thing about working for Waterman Aspen?

For me, I think it is the realisation of the sheer size of the construction industry and how integral each person is into developing and maintaining the country’s infrastructure. The fact you get to talk to and meet to such a diverse range of amazing helpful people in such a large variety of ways really epitomises what it’s all about.

What would you say to someone interested in a career in your role?

Streetworks offers a fantastic, fast paced and rewarding career. Especially in the current climate with Street Manager, and to an extent permits still being in their infancy. The demand for Streetworks staff has never been higher as both local authorities and Utilities aim to co-ordinate works as efficiently as possible minimising risk and impact to our road networks. We all need utilities, and we all want a smooth and clear road network, so ensuring this is run as smoothly as possible gives you a great sense of achievement.

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