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East Kent Engineering Partnership

The East Kent Engineering Partnership was established in June 2007 bringing together the five East Kent Coastal Authorities; Canterbury, Dover, Shepway, Swale and Thanet. 

The government has recognised the requirement for closer working between local authorities, ensuring a robust identification, implementation and long term management of flood and coastal erosion risk management works. The forming of partnerships facilitates this process.  It was also agreed that as the partnership develops and evolves the opportunity for the integration of non coastal engineering work and schemes should also be progressed.

A Memorandum of Understanding was later agreed and signed by the partner Chief Executives setting out the aims and working arrangements of the partnership.

We offer a total engineering service including:

DESIGN OTHER ACTIVITIES
•Structural (buildings and bridges)
•Contaminated land remediation
•Geotechnical
•CDM Co-ordinator role
•Highways, estates & infrastructure
•Drainage investigations
•Drainage
•Confined space work
•Transportation
•CCTV surveys
•Coast protection & harbours  
•Amenities & landscaping PROJECT MANAGEMENT
  •Feasibility studies
SURVEYING AND DRAWING •Project appraisal reports
•GPS and total station surveys •Contract administration
•Digital terrain modelling •Site supervision
•AutoCAD drawing •Contract document preparation and tender processing
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Additonally, partnership working between Local Authorities and the Environment Agency has been increasing over the years, particularly through such organisations as the South East Coastal Group. Projects such as Shoreline Management Plans, Strategy Studies and the Strategic Regional Coastal Monitoring have highlighted the benefits of closer working arrangements. This has allowed for greater input by the Local Authority staff and in many cases the LAs carrying out all or part of the project themselves utilising their great depth of local knowledge.  Where there are adjoining frontages that both require attention, there can be significant savings in time, cost and disruption if the projects are run as a joint scheme. In the past, such as at Reculver, the Agency and the LA have worked together on combined projects with, in some cases, the LA taking the lead and running the contract. This has resulted in works that have been very well received by the public as well as reducing costs, particularly fees.

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  THANET DISTRICT COUNCIL

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Our Staff :

Staff within the partnership have a wide range of expertise and many years of experience working in the civil engineering environment both in the public & private sector.  This includes delivery of construction projects such as drainage, coast protection, contaminated land remediation, flood alleviation, highways, amenities and landscaping. Our staff are;

•Experienced and dedicated,
•Professionally qualified,
•Quality and safety conscious,
•Seeking to maintain good relationships with our clients, both internal and external.

Our Aims:

•To deliver a combined programme of grant aided capital works,
•To produce well informed and comprehensive Medium Term Plan submissions to the Environment Agency,
•To seek and share opportunities for training and development,
•To limit the requirement for the engagement of external consultants,
•To allocate resources to projects based on experience and specialist requirements,
•To share knowledge and experience of all aspects of our work,
•To work closely with other partners & stakeholders such as the Environment Agency to deliver flood risk and coastal erosion projects,
•To offer very competitive rates & a quality service.

We welcome the opportunity to extend our Client base working together with you either in partnership or in a consultancy role.

Contact Us if you are interested in any of the services offered in this publication or require any further information.  If you are interested in setting up your own partnership – we are here to help you.

Canterbury City Council

ted.edwards@canterbury.gov.uk

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Dover District Council

keith.watson@dover.gov.uk

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Shepway District Council

colin.paine@shepway.gov.uk 

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 Swale Borough Council

mikeknowles@swale.gov.uk

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Thanet District Council 

mike.humber@thanet.gov.uk

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