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    RPS Successfully Supports Sensitive Development for A9 within the Cairngorm National Park

    22 February 2017

    RPS Successfully Supports Sensitive Development for A9 within the Cairngorm National Park

    Since September 2015, RPS has provided Environmental Clerk of Works (ECoW) services to Wills Bros/John Paul Joint Venture for the 7.5km Kincraig-Dalraddy A9 upgrade. The scheme passes through the Cairngorms National Park, Alvie SSSI and a tributary of the River Spey SAC, and has required the sensitive management of numerous protected habitats and species during the tight construction schedule.

    Ecological highlights of the development have included:

    Translocation of some 45 hairy wood ant nests in collaboration with the Cairngorm National Park Authority. Hairy wood ants, included on the Scottish Biodiversity List as a prior species for conservation and a key stone species of woodland ecosystems, are threatened through habitat loss. The successful translocation of these nests is a key conservation action for the species and was praised by the National Park Authority;

    Sensitive felling of mature Scot’s pine forestry containing red squirrels in consultation with SNH. Red squirrels are protected both under UK and European legislation. The sensitive removal of forestry ensured a negligible impact to the species and the area’s native population, whilst allowing construction of the development to continue on schedule;

    Installation and monitoring of otter fencing surrounding the development to protect this qualifying species of the adjacent River Spey SAC. RPS’ pragmatic advice ensured otters were suitably protected from the development whilst continuing to successfully use their existing territories. Monitoring gave confidence to SNH that the development continued to cause no Likely Significant Effect to this qualifying species of the nearby SAC;

    ECoW monitoring of compliance with all relevant environmental documents. RPS’s ECoW have received high praise resulting in a score of 9/10 (“exceptional”) for Environmental Protection under the Considerate Contractor Scheme.

    As the onsite ECoW is part of the wider Design Site Representative team it has been a great benefit to the scheme to have a full time environmental presence ensuring that stakeholders have confidence that regulations are being followed, the site achieved a very high score for “Protection to the Environment” in the Considerate Contractors audit which rates the site as “Excellent”.

     
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    Northern Ireland’s Air Ambulance Location Approved

    22 February 2017

    Northern Ireland’s Air Ambulance Location Approved

    Helicopter visiting MLK for operational testing in November 2016.

    RPS has successfully obtained planning approval for the Air Ambulance Northern Ireland (AANI) project. The application sees the AANI project as one of only a few within the UK and Ireland that are sited outside an airport or hospital setting.

    The need for the Air Ambulance in Northern Ireland was raised after a public campaign for Dr. John Hinds who was fatally injured while working as a race medic at the Skerries 100 Road Race in July 2015. The campaign went on to receive almost 90,000 signatures and was presented to parliament for formal consideration. Across England, Scotland and Wales there are currently thirty-three air ambulances; however Northern Ireland with a population of 1.85 million was without a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) until the Northern Ireland Assembly appointed AANI in 2016.

    Alastair McKinley: an Associate Planner at RPS worked alongside AANI’s Chairman Mr Ian Crowe to carry out the pre-application engagement with Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council planning department in advance of the planning application being formally submitted for the facility to be located within the larger Maze Long Kesh site.

    RPS also assisted AANI in a successful public consultation event with local residents and businesses. The site has a compelling and varied history so generated a good deal of interest: it was initially a World War II airfield and then a military camp, detention centre and prison. The planning application received written letters of support from both the Maze Long Kesh Corporation (the body with statutory responsibility to secure the regeneration of the wider site), other interest groups located at Maze Long Kesh and local residents. The quality of the planning application, public consultation and along with ministerial agreement from Northern Ireland’s First and Deputy First Ministers, saw the permission being granted within eight weeks in early February 2017.

    At 347 acres, the Maze Long Kesh site is the largest development site of its kind under single ownership in Northern Ireland. As one of the most exciting destinations of its kind, the location has true potential to become a shared space that is welcoming and accessible to all, contributing to peace building and reconciliation. Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation, which has the statutory responsibility to secure the site’s regeneration, believes that: “Maze Long Kesh has the potential to generate 5,000 jobs, deliver more than £300m investment and become a global ‘best in class’ project with social and economic regeneration at its core thereby bringing tangible benefits to all. “ The concept for the whole site and resultant framework will provide the basis for a statutory Local Plan concerning the positive regeneration of the site.

    Maze Long Kesh site.
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    RPS Comes out to Support Two Times World Champion

    10 February 2017

    RPS Comes out to Support Two Times World Champion

    RPS presents Hall of Fame award at Cornmarket Motorbike Awards Night.

    Left to right: Miss Northern Ireland, Stephen Henderson (RPS), Gordon Crockard (Award winner) and Michael Shaw (Managing Director RPS Northern Ireland)

    As a sponsor of Northern Ireland’s annual Cornmarket Motorbike Awards RPS Managing Director Northern Ireland Michael Shaw and RPS Belfast Marketing Manager Stephen Henderson recently had the opportunity to attend the event and present the event’s Hall of Fame Award.

    RPS’ Belfast office continues to provide many services to motorcycle racing from planning, project management and Structural Engineering across race and road circuits in Northern Ireland. While many parts of the UK banned road races, Northern Ireland remains one of only a few areas globally where this racing is permitted on closed public roads, and it continues to attract hundreds of thousands of spectators each year adding a vital contribution to the overall Northern Ireland economy and to localised economies.

    Newly crowned two times World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea was in attendance along with 600 guests, local business, politicians and media to celebrate the achievements of our local sporting talent. As the Ballyclare rider accepted the Trophy for Irish Motorcyclist of the year he announced: "This is huge. To have the public support me the way they do even though I'm racing far from home is an honour and I thank all those who took the time to vote for me. To be awarded this amazing trophy for the second year in a row is very humbling." Jonathan is one of only two riders to earn the accolade twice in a row, and previously achieved the title twice in 2007-8 also.

    Stormont Minister Paul Givan and Ian Paisley Jnr, both in attendance at the event, announced the release of capital investment to further improve on best practice safety in the sport, saying: "It is important that we do what we can to make these events as safe and memorable an experience for everyone and this substantial funding will contribute to that. It will go towards helping to improve the safety of the course for competitors and spectators alike."

    As part of the RPS Belfast office’s Corporate and Social Responsibility, Stephen Henderson volunteers his time to two charities, both of which had been selected as the charity partners for the event. The evening raised almost £7,000 for Air Ambulance Northern Ireland (Board member) and F13K Cancer (a campaign run on behalf of Marie Curie).

    Left to Right: Stephen Watson (BBC), Stephen Henderson (RPS), Grace Smyth (Marie Curie), Carl Fogarty (I’m a Celebrity Winner and 7 times World Champion), Lee Johnston (Honda Racing).

    Three times world champion and Motocross legend Gordon Crockard accepted the Hall of Fame Award from RPS and was inducted into the RPS Group Hall of Fame. Crockard is heavily involved in global motorsport and oversees the Honda European series as well as sitting as part of the Honda Management Team on the world stage.

    Gordon Crockard receiving the RPS Hall of Fame award.

    The night is hosted by former World Grand Prix rider turned commentator Keith Huewen and BBC NI's Stephen Watson, the programme is to be aired on Setanta (Eir) Sports and Eurosport over the coming weeks.

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    Two PFI International Awards for RPS AAP Infrastructure Projects

    10 February 2017

    Two PFI International Awards for RPS AAP Infrastructure Projects

    Looking sharp: RPS’ Jim Boston (right) and Damien Augustinus at the global PFI awards in London.

    Melbourne HCMT and Canberra LRS projects recognised at recent PFI Awards.

     

    Staff from RPS’ Melbourne and Sydney offices alongside project-partners recently accepted two global industry awards at the Project Finance International Awards hosted by Thomson Reuters at the Hilton Hotel in London, UK.

    The Melbourne High Capacity Metro Trains PPP project won the 2016 PFI Rail Deal of the Year (Asia Pacific).

    Victoria’s biggest ever rolling stock project is worth over AU$2bn and will deliver 65 new high capacity trains with around 20% greater capacity than the existing fleet. The project will also deliver two new dedicated train maintenance facilities and training simulators. It achieved contract close in November 2016 and is being delivered as an availability based PPP project. The first new train is due to enter service on Melbourne’s Cranbourne-Pakenham line in 2019, with the full fleet delivered by 2024. This will be followed by a 30-year maintenance period.

    The Victorian state government appointed the Evolution Rail consortium to deliver the project. This consortium comprises the world’s largest train manufacture, CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles along with Downer EDI and Plenary Group.

    Over 500 local jobs are being created during the delivery phase, which has a minimum 60% local build requirement. Downer EDI’s existing manufacturing facility in Melbourne will also undergo a major upgrade, while Chinese state-owned CRRC will also establish a new regional headquarters in Melbourne to help realise the vision of this project and assist in sustaining a viable rolling stock manufacturing capability in Victoria.

    RPS was the commercial and transaction advisor on this project, responsible for the strategic management and coordination of all aspects of the tendering process on behalf of the State. RPS is also retained to provide strategic support to the project during the delivery phase.

    Collecting the award on behalf of the State of Victoria, were:

    Robert Velins: Executive Director, Network Integrity and Project Assurance, Public Transport Authority and also State Project Director of the HCMT project;

    Damien Augustinus: Executive Director, Plenary Group; and

    RPS’ Jim Boston: Executive Director of RPS Operations in Melbourne and State Commercial and Legal Director of the HCMT project.

    Jim said he was delighted to attend the ceremony and accept the award on behalf of the project, and although other members of his team were unfortunately unable to attend the event, he recognised the significant contributions from the greater RPS transaction team including William Hayes, Thomas Mills, Simon Davis, Timothy Grigg and Thomas Pearce, amongst others. The trip to London also afforded him a valuable opportunity to meet other RPS executives: including Business Information Manager Douglas Lamont (also attending the awards), RPS Ireland Highways and Transportation Director Christy O’Sullivan and RPS Senior Director Henry Bonham, to discuss recent developments and collaboration opportunities in the global PPP market.

    The Canberra Light Rail System PPP project won Transport Deal of the Year (Asia-Pacific).

    Canberra's ‘City to Gungahlin’ light rail project is the first stage of a light rail network that will have a transformative effect on Canberra, the Capital of Australia. It represents a substantial financial investment by both the ACT Government and the private sector in the city. The light rail system will redefine the entrance to the nation’s capital and will play a vital role in ensuring Canberra’s future as a vibrant, sustainable city.

    The Project is being delivered as a PPP (Availability). It has a capital design and construct value of approximately AU$707 million and total project value of AU$939 million (measured as at 1 January 2016). The Project is presently in its construction phase, with operations due to commence in late 2018 and the operations term through to 2039.

    From October 2014 to May 2016 the Territory conducted a competitive tender process, managed by the RPS EIG team (as transaction manager) together with other key advisors to the ACT Government, to identify the private sector party to deliver the project. The project was awarded to Canberra Metro, comprising Pacific Partnerships Pty Ltd (operator and equity investor); Aberdeen Infrastructure Investments (CLR) Ltd, (equity investor); Mitsubishi Corporation Limited (equity investor);John Holland Pty Ltd (builder, operator and equity investor); CPB Contractors Pty Ltd (builder); Deutsche Bahn Engineering and Consulting (operations consultant) and Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) (light rail vehicle supplier).

    The project has achieved many remarkable outcomes, particularly given it has been progressed by a small jurisdiction with no previous rail, light rail or PPP experience. RPS EIG was appointed as the Transaction Manager for the procurement and negotiation phase, the EIG team was led by Kay Salvair Smith as Transaction Director and John McLuckie at RPS’ Sydney Pitt Street office.

    (From second left) Jim Boston, Robert Velins and Damien Augustinus accept the award.
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    Cork Landfill to Landscape Shortlisted for Best Park Award

    03 February 2017

    Cork Landfill to Landscape Shortlisted for Best Park Award

    Tramore Valley Park shortlisted for Best Public Park in Community and Council Awards on 4th February.

    Aerial view of Tramore Valley Park; park bench using recycled concrete; and BMX track

    Tramore Valley Park (formerly Kinsale Road Landfill) in Cork, Ireland has been shortlisted for the Best Public Park Award in the Community & Council Awards 2017. The awards ceremony will be held in Dublin this Saturday, 4th February.

    Kinsale Road Landfill operated as a municipal landfill from the early 1960s until its closure in 2009, with over 3.5 million tonnes of waste landfilled on site. Cork City Council has dedicated significant resources to remediating the landfill using a variety of different engineering initiatives in compliance with EPA licence requirements. The 70 hectare site is now being transformed from a once unpopular landfill into a parkland amenity for the local community.

    Amenities provided for the local community include Munster’s only international standard BMX track, 5 km of paths and trails, including biodiversity trails and bird hides, a multi-use events area and sports pitch, pavilion building with changing facilities and public toilets and parking for 200 vehicles.

    RPS delivered the final phase of the engineering remediation work on behalf of Cork City Council in 2015, including detailed design of landfill capping, leachate and landfill gas infrastructure and surface water system design. The challenge was to successfully integrate this infrastructure whilst ensuring the site could be developed to meet the amenity objectives and create visually attractive spaces. The RPS project team also designed internal access roads, the pavilion building, parking, playing field and landscaped areas.

    The design team applied the best principles of sustainability using recycled construction materials where possible. This included the innovative reuse of crushed concrete from demolished grain silos in the Cork City docklands to fill gabion cages and form park benches. Landfill gas has been used to generate electricity on-site and feed into the national grid to power 850 homes in the locality. Foundation bases and ducting for three wind turbines have been installed for future installation of turbines. Allowances were made for future landfill settlements, so the pavilion building was constructed on piled foundations and the car parking area was constructed using a flexible rubber ‘BodPave’ system.

    The site is unique in Ireland in delivering such a range of tangible benefits to the local community on a previous landfill site. It will benefit a range of people from the locality and wider areas including fitness / BMX enthusiasts, nature-lovers and families seeking open green spaces.

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    Cookstown Celebrates £3.2m Public Realm Improvements

    02 February 2017

    Cookstown Celebrates £3.2m Public Realm Improvements

    [L-R] Cllr Trevor Wilson, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, with Communities Minister Paul Givan.

    Northern Ireland Communities Minister Paul Givan has visited Cookstown to mark the completion of significant public realm works in the town centre.

    The £3.2million project received financial support of £2.8million from the Department for Communities with £320,000 contributed by Mid Ulster District Council. The Minister congratulated Mid Ulster District Council for its successful delivery of the scheme and thanked RPS Ireland Ltd for the design and project management and FP McCann Ltd who delivered the construction works.

    Minister Givan said: “The completion of this public realm scheme has transformed Cookstown town centre, creating an attractive environment that will greatly benefit all those who live, work and shop in this key market town. The result is a beautiful and very functional scheme of which we can all be proud.”

    The works were carried out in James Street, William Street and adjoining streets, and included new paving, street lighting, railings, seating and planting.

    Commenting on the partnership approach to the scheme, Minister Givan added: “I fully recognise the crucial role town centres play in providing a sense of local civic pride and community. This scheme is one of several major public realm projects my Department has supported recently in the Mid Ulster District Council area. Including Dungannon and Magherafelt, a total of £10.2million has been invested locally to enhance these important towns.”

    “The delivery of this programme of works has only been possible through the effective partnership that exists between my Department and Council. We are already working with Council on future revitalisation work across these three towns. This further investment of £330,000 demonstrates my ongoing commitment to continue to work closely with the Council to maximise the positive impact of these regeneration efforts for the whole area.”

    Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Cllr. Trevor Wilson said: “I would like to thank the Minister and his Department for the multi-million funding received in 2015 which has allowed a major investment in our main towns of Dungannon, Magherafelt and of course, Cookstown where we can now see the finished results of the scheme. We have, in partnership with the Department enhanced the Cookstown Public Realm making it visually appealing for retailers, businesses, shoppers and residents and this will underpin the ongoing regeneration and economic sustainability of not only this historic market town, but the Mid Ulster region as a whole.”

    [L-R] Communities Minister Paul Givan with Cllr Trevor Wilson, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Anthony Tohill, Council Chief Executive & Mark Kelso, Council Director of Health & Infrastructure.
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    Linear Accelerator Research Identifies Community Need in Cancer Treatment

    26 January 2017

    Linear Accelerator Research Identifies Community Need in Cancer Treatment

    New research by RPS has revealed that one in every ten cancer sufferers in Australia is struggling to get access to vital radiation treatments, particularly in suburban and regional areas.

     

    The research also shows taxpayers could be forced to foot a $600 million bill for an explosion in cancer treatment services nationally over the next 15 years, with the number of radiation therapy treatments for cancer to increase from 1.74 million a year in 2016 to 2.7 million by 2031.

    Australia currently needs radiation therapy capacity to treat an additional 10,000 patients per year, which will reach 50,000 patients per year in 2031 without additional investment in linear accelerators – or linacs – that are used in this therapy.

    Mark Wallace, RPS Regional Technical Director for Economics, said Australia already has close to 200 linac machines, but this number was not meeting community need.

    “Australia currently has a shortfall of 27 linacs. That means one in every ten cancer sufferers could face problems getting the treatment they need. Demand is expected to grow rapidly, with the shortfall to reach about 122 linacs by 2031,” Mr Wallace said.

    “Without these linacs, more than half of cancer suffers could go without treatment.”

    Mr Wallace said the ageing Baby Boomer generation would be the biggest factor in the growth in demand for radiation therapy over the next 15 years.

    “Data from State Cancer Councils and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows cancer incidence rates are much higher among older Australians. As the population ages, the number of cancer sufferers increases as well.”

    Building new cancer treatment capacity is not cheap with each linear accelerator costing about $5 million to procure.

    “Australian Governments – both State and Federal – would need to find more than $600 million to buy the linacs needed to deliver radiation therapies to cancer sufferers,” Mr Wallace said.

    “This cost doesn’t include other infrastructure like radiation proof bunkers, facility buildings or the costs to Medicare and the patient of the treatment itself.”

    Mark Middleton, CEO of Australia’s leading private cancer treatment provider, Icon Group, says it’s critical for Government to partner with the private sector to meet the emerging gap between radiation treatment capacity and community need.

    “The size of the challenge we are all facing is immense,” Mr Middleton said. “Only through genuine collaboration between Government and private providers can Australians get the level and quality of care they deserve into the future.”

    Radiation Oncology Centres – Icon Group’s radiation oncology division – has an established network of radiation oncology treatment centres across Queensland and New South Wales and is rapidly expanding across Australia to meet growing need from the community.

    “Cancer sufferers in regional Australia deserve more equitable access to life-saving radiation therapy,” Mr Middleton said.

    “Additionally, communities in suburban parts of Melbourne and Perth are making long commutes to access treatment in inner-city locations. We need to deliver these services in a more accessible way and that means taking cancer care to the suburbs and regional areas”.

    The Australian Government approves all new linacs while State Health Departments are the largest providers of radiation therapies for cancer patients through tertiary public hospitals.

    Shortage of Linear Accelerators in Australia - 2016 – 2031

    Media Enquiries: Lara Thompson or Lauren Bonser on (07) 3237 8899

     
     
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    Shell International Framework Agreement

    19 January 2017

    Shell International Framework Agreement

    Shell International agreement offers RPS lab services access for international subsidiaries.

    Picture: The symbolic ‘first’ samples under the framework agreement that were delivered by Shell to our laboratory in Breda.

    The framework agreement for industrial hygiene lab analysis and services was signed between Shell International and RPS in 2016. In principle, all Shell International subsidiaries can tap into the agreement, regardless of the country in which they operate.

    RPS has a long business relationship with Shell in the Netherlands. Not only does the framework agreement streamline our administrative process but it furthermore opens up our services to all Shell assets.

    Shell selected RPS based on our high level of service which they have experienced in earlier projects working with RPS, including RPS’ quality and reliability of personal air monitoring services. RPS’ particular expertise in innovation in new techniques was demonstrated as we introduced a tailor-made personal air sampling canister and validated it together with Shell. We have previously delivered excellence in our flexibility in highly efficient sampling and fast turnaround times without loss of quality or attention to detail in the case of incidents like in the Shell Moerdijk incident of 2014.

    We are very proud to receive the recognition of such a renowned company like Shell International and look forward to the continuation of a very positive long standing relationship.

     
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    20th January ICE Webinar: Lunch-and-Learn 3-D Modelling

    16 January 2017

    20th January ICE Webinar: Lunch-and-Learn 3-D Modelling

    RPS’ Dr Grainne McQuaid to host ICE 3-D modelling Photogrammetry webinar with a focus on transport.

    Dr. McQuaid

    On 20th January 2017, Grainne McQuaid will host her own ICE Webinar on 3-D Modelling Using Noncontact Close Range Photogrammetry. You can register your interest by clicking on the 'book now' button from the link below and following the onscreen instructions.

    https://www.ice.org.uk/events/lunch-and-learn-3d-modelling

    Methods developed at Ulster University can offer new ways of understanding road surfaces.

    Road surface texture is important at a range of scales. At a mega-scale potholes are a problem to road users and anyone involved in maintenance. Macro-scale relates to the roughness of a road and its ability to disperse water. This is particularly important at higher road speeds and is necessary to ensure safety in wet conditions.

    As a micro-scale, the surface texture of individual aggregate particles is essential to cut through films of water between the tyre blocks and the aggregate to ensure points of contact and reduce the risk of aqua-planning.

    This webinar considers how 3-D models based on non-contact Close Range Photogrammetry methods developed at Ulster University can offer new ways of better understanding these texture related properties. The method offers substantial scope for creating accurate cost effective 3-D models across a variety of texture scales right through to its use even for topographical surveys.

     
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    Challenges and Opportunities for Stakeholder Engagement

    11 January 2017

    Challenges and Opportunities for Stakeholder Engagement

    RPS’ Neasa Kane-Fine reflects on challenges and opportunities in the future of PR.

    Neasa Kane-Fine, Director of RPS Project Communications contributed to November’s Irish Marketing Journal (IMJ) on the future of PR. As RPS is strongly focused on public consultation and stakeholder engagement, Neasa reflected on the challenges and opportunities faced in this area – read full article below.

     

    Our work involves advising on and delivering consultations that allow for public and stakeholder participation, whether it is to inform development of a new public policy, sustainability campaign or infrastructure project. We also develop and manage relationships to build trust with the communities and many stakeholders impacted by public infrastructure projects and construction.

    Public participation is healthy and necessary to inform projects and policies. In recent years the industry has seen a seismic shift in the quantity and content of submissions made to public consultations, thanks to increased awareness through online and social media platforms and multiple devices.

    Interestingly, we still see a larger proportion – about 60% – of public consultation submissions being made in writing and submitted via traditional post, rather than through email or online consultation forums that we facilitate. Many people have told us that when they believe something is important, they prefer to write it out and post it, so we facilitate that.

    With access to so much information online, including through social media, we need to ensure that accurate and factual information is easily accessible so we are now developing more animated video and infographics that quickly and simply explain complex projects and policy issues, as well as continuing to utilise print and broadcast media.

    Another trend we see is that with more people aware of projects thanks to social media campaigns and increased mobilisation of interest groups via Facebook and Twitter, social media often makes it difficult for some to discuss their views openly online. Social media campaigns against public policy or projects often promote polarised positions and questioning or differing views rarely raise their head in the online discussions.

    Looking ahead? Social media needs to mature to enable a grown up, inclusive and informed debate about important policy and issues, where all views can be expressed and respected. Social media will never replace direct engagement as meaningful consultation builds understanding as well as addressing issues and concerns, but tools like Twitter and Facebook ensure we reach all our audiences with engaging content.

    Data management is a growing area for us and we see more and more large projects requiring bespoke cloud based systems to manage stakeholder and project data across multiple platforms and users, and this need will continue. Demand for creativity will never cease.

    Video will continue to grow in importance too. Print will remain relevant for particular projects and certain demographics, but print will become more graphics driven as people have less and less time to consume the written word.

    Finally, more than ever, there is a strong need for quality traditional journalism; to objectively establish the facts and provide balance through impartial reporting and valid questioning of all positions.

     
     
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    RPS’ Belfast Office Strikes Gold with Environmental Benchmark

    06 January 2017

    RPS’ Belfast Office Strikes Gold with Environmental Benchmark

    RPS’ Belfast office has been awarded Gold in the Arena Network Environmental Benchmarking Survey for the second year.
     

    Since 1998, the Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey has assessed the extent to which environmental business practices have been embedded within the corporate strategies and operations of local organisations. The survey is designed to encourage organisations to identify measures and understand their environmental impacts, to continuously seek for better environmental performance and to benchmark themselves against their peers across Northern Ireland.

    Over the last decade it has grown to become Northern Ireland’s leading environmental benchmarking exercise, attracting organisations from over 14 industry sectors including participants from the top 200 companies and leading public sector organisations such as health trusts, local authorities, education and library boards and universities.

    The survey is a key driver for corporate environmental management and improvement. It is recognised as a positive influencer that is helping organisations throughout Northern Ireland achieve more sustainable ways of doing business.

     
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