17 July 2019
Thames Valley – PBA, now part of Stantec, has been recognised for its work with local communities, receiving the Community Engagement Award at the Thames Valley 250 Awards.
The awards dinner, held at Cliveden House Hotel on 8th July, celebrated the launch of the 2019 TV250 listing of the Thames Valley’s leading private companies. The event was also an opportunity to honour leading performers in eight award categories.
PBA was presented with the top award in the Community Engagement category. Commenting on PBA’s entry, the judges said:
“PBA demonstrated an impressively wide range of local office-driven engagement; from helping students in poorer schools gain confidence in maths and public speaking, to contributing to the Local Enterprise Partnership to improve inclusive travel and movement. Their investment in defining and supporting apprenticeship programmes, supporting local charities with matched funding, and sponsored sporting events, not only succeeded in raising large amounts of money for charity but has also helped to spread great team spirit.”
Scott Witchalls, Director Transport and Infrastructure, who was responsible for PBA’s award entry, said:
“We’re thrilled to have won this award. Over the years, PBA teams have helped lots of people, charities and causes and we’ve made truly inspiring contributions to education and local communities and this award is recognition of our efforts. But we’ve always felt we can do more and we’re very lucky to have recently joined forces with Stantec who share our passion for communities. With them, we hope to able to continue to support communities both at home and around the world."
Claire Whitehouse, Associate and integral member of the Peter Brett Foundation, accepted the award on behalf of PBA. She commented:
“Through the Peter Brett Foundation we work education providers, both locally and around the UK, to inspire, inform and prepare young people for a career in the built environment. We also partner with University Technical Colleges to provide real life project experience and mentoring. This award is recognition of our efforts and is testament to the time and dedication our teams put into our community initiatives.”
The Peter Brett Foundation was launched in 2015 to address the national skills shortage in the development and infrastructure industry. It aims to inspire, inform and prepare young people for careers in the built and natural environment. Through the Foundation, PBA forms partnerships with educational and business communities which support the uptake of STEM subjects in schools and colleges and, through apprenticeships, it encourages more young people to take up careers in the development and infrastructure industry.