Berkeley Engineering Consultants

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Berkeley Engineering Consultants's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Berkeley Engineering Consultants is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.berkeleyeng.com

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In 2018, we trialled even more cutting-
edge technology; this includes the use
of recycled plastic as a binding agent
in pothole repair and GPS trackers
alongside 3D car-mounted laser
scanners to accurately measure roads
without closing them and disrupting
traffic. This allows us to create detailed
instructions for our machinery – accurate
to within 1.5 millimetres – so we can
resurface roads far more efficiently.
Previously, we would have had to close
roads to measure them with tape, or
have people on the roadsides with
laser measuring devices. As well as
being disruptive and hazardous, these
traditional techniques are only accurate
to within ten millimetres at most.
Media reputation: is the
surfacing industry unfairly
demonised?
Despite the technological innovations
of the last 19 years, road surfacing is
still widely seen as a dirty, low-skill,
dangerous and pollutive industry that
operates as it has done for decades.
This reputation helps nobody and,
from my experience, holds the
industryback.
Young people who are beginning
careers at the end of full-time
education aren’t interested in working
in the sector; that’s been making
it harder and harder to attract the
forward-thinking, energetic and
creative people we need to continue
pushing boundaries into the future.
Almost all of my employees are over
55, and while they’re all excellent
team members, I can see a real skills
shortage looming.
The most frustrating thing is that
this reputation doesn’t reflect the
industry as I see it. Undoubtedly, there
are companies that are set in their
ways, but this industry is a hotbed
for innovation and it presents a great
many opportunities for any young
people who recognise that.
Changing, investing
and innovating as we
moveforward
I’m passionate about changing
people’s image of the industry and
demonstrating that surfacing can
be clean, green, high tech and
highquality.
As we continue to grow, we’ll keep
investing in the latest tools and
techniques, and we are committed
to exploring the potential of new
technologies. I’m confident that
through embracing technology, all
areas in the construction sector can
slash their carbon footprints in ways
which can improve their service.
We’ve come a long way since we
started in 1999, but we’re on the road
to even brighter days ahead .
This industry is
a hotbed for
innovation
Minster is a trusted
supplier to the Ministry
of Defence
19BERKELEY ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
CEO Irteza Piracha
Oil refinery in Saudi Arabia
Berkeley Engineering Consultants are a single access point
for specialist engineering services for the global oil and
gas sector and a strategic partner to major names in the
oil and gas sectors, providing process engineering services
which enable their clients to select the safest and most efficient
designs for their processing facilities. Based in London but operating
from facilities around the world, including in Saudi Arabia, India,
Pakistan, Nigeria, Kazakhstan and South Korea, they work closely
with the Department for International Trade and have recently
been awarded the Queen’s Award for International Trade. CEO
Irteza Piracha tells
The Parliamentary Review
more.
We are a multidisciplined engineering business which focuses on the oil and gas,
refining, petrochemical, chemical, and project management sectors. A medium-
sized business, based in Berkeley Square, we have expanded rapidly, having an
engineering hub in Reading and regional presences around the world. We have
grown to approximately 400 employees worldwide and have an annual turnover of
circa £8 million to £10 million.
We are a firm driven by client alignment. It is vitally important to be on the client’s
doorstep, and in this globalised economy, we focus on client interaction, technical
resources and finance. Our presence in the regions helps us to capitalise on any
opportunities: being in the right location is a key growth enabler.
Our engineering philosophy is to align ourselves to client requirements at the very
beginning of the project so we can deliver a front-end engineering design which
FACTS ABOUT
BERKELEY ENGINEERING
CONSULTANTS
»CEO: Irteza Piracha
»COO: Mujteba Piracha
»Commercial Director:
AndrewBrewer
»Established in 2006
»Based in London and Reading
»Services: Oil and gas process
engineering services
»No. of employees: 400
Berkeley Engineering
Consultants
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meets those needs. The next steps
are project management support and
procurement services, and we assist
with the process all the way through to
commissioning and start-up.
Our work with the Department
for International Trade
We have been a long-term supporter
of the Department for International
Trade, continuously working with the
department since 2009, when we were
exporting to Kazakhstan and Nigeria.
We approached the department in
2009, seeking a business partner
in Saudi Arabia, and we have since
developed business with Saudi Aramco
and their refining and petrochemical
joint ventures. The DIT has regularly
supported us in an advisory context
to foster overseas growth, and we
have received a full range of services
from the team to help us export more
efficiently. This has included overseas
trade missions, UK-based masterclasses
and numerous networking
opportunities. Supported by DIT, we
secured a business partner in Saudi
Arabia aligned with the Two Kingdoms
Export Drive, and this allowed us to
meet with Riyadh’s commercial team.
As part of this process, the team
provided us with the potential partners
to establish and grow business with
Saudi Aramco. As a result of this
success, I was recognised in a UK trade
meeting hosted at 10 Downing Street
in 2013.
From these beginnings, the company is
now firmly established in Saudi Arabia
and delivers engineering services
and studies to Saudi Aramco and its
affiliates in the kingdom. This has been
achieved via long-form contracts which
underpin the company financially and
drive future growth and expansion.
The longstanding relationship between
us and the DIT provides a strategic
example of successfully supporting
a client in both established and
new markets. They have provided a
knowledgeable international trade
adviser to successfully liaise with
teams and colleagues worldwide
to provide cohesive and smooth-
runningrelationships.
Berkeley and DIT
meeting the Yasref
executive team in
Reading
We have been
a long-term
supporter of
the
Department for
International
Trade,
continuously
working with
them since
2009
21BERKELEY ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
The next step of the journey
In late 2018, we undertook the
next step of the journey, which
was twofold. The first was the
allocation of additional resources
in the commercial sector for our
headquarters in London. This was
supported by Andrew Brewer, an
industry professional and former
international trade adviser. Our
second focus was regional expansion
in Oman, where our office was
officially opened in March. The British
Ambassador joined me and our local
partners for the official opening. We
have since expanded into Jordan,
signing an agreement with a civil
engineering partner, and intend to
use this partnership to expand further
across the Middle East and into Iraq.
We are a long-term member of the
Arab British Chamber of Commerce
and a key supporter of this institution,
supporting networking events and
wider involvement across the region.
The challenges and opportunities
before us are as important as ever.
For example, because of Saudi
Aramco’s acquisition in its domestic
petrochemical sector, we have
seen continued growth in our core
business segment in the Middle East.
As the world moves to new uses of
hydrocarbons and by-products, we
will seek out environmentally friendly
solutions and agriproducts. These can
only be successfully developed through
collaboration and close relationships
with our clients.
As a business, the challenge before
us is to secure more long-term work
in key oil and gas-producing areas.
We are relooking at Nigeria and the
wider sub-Saharan oil and gas market,
and evaluating the North Sea, which,
despite the recent oil-price crash, is
re-emerging leaner and stronger. This
is a great source for collaboration,
introducing new technology which will
benefit the global market. It will also
help to deliver UK content globally and
will sustain our Reading hub for many
years to come.
We would also like to see further
support for businesses exporting
abroad, particularly increased access
to banks to deliver project finances.
This should be allied to improved
marketing for DIT work in the regions
and aligned with opportunities for
businesses to meet with policymakers
to share expertise and their experience
of operations on the ground.
Finally, after several years of growth,
we are restructuring the UK HQ to
become more visible and aligned with
our customers, governments and the
markets. A new holding structure will
be implemented in 2019 to simplify
our view of the operations and our
clients’ view of us. Organisational
simplification is the next opportunity
for the company. As Henry Longfellow
said: “In character, in manner, in style,
in all things, the supreme excellence
issimplicity.”
In character,
in manner, in
style, in all
things, the
supreme
excellence is
simplicity
We officially opened our
office in Oman with the
British ambassador in
March
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
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meets those needs. The next steps
are project management support and
procurement services, and we assist
with the process all the way through to
commissioning and start-up.
Our work with the Department
for International Trade
We have been a long-term supporter
of the Department for International
Trade, continuously working with the
department since 2009, when we were
exporting to Kazakhstan and Nigeria.
We approached the department in
2009, seeking a business partner
in Saudi Arabia, and we have since
developed business with Saudi Aramco
and their refining and petrochemical
joint ventures. The DIT has regularly
supported us in an advisory context
to foster overseas growth, and we
have received a full range of services
from the team to help us export more
efficiently. This has included overseas
trade missions, UK-based masterclasses
and numerous networking
opportunities. Supported by DIT, we
secured a business partner in Saudi
Arabia aligned with the Two Kingdoms
Export Drive, and this allowed us to
meet with Riyadh’s commercial team.
As part of this process, the team
provided us with the potential partners
to establish and grow business with
Saudi Aramco. As a result of this
success, I was recognised in a UK trade
meeting hosted at 10 Downing Street
in 2013.
From these beginnings, the company is
now firmly established in Saudi Arabia
and delivers engineering services
and studies to Saudi Aramco and its
affiliates in the kingdom. This has been
achieved via long-form contracts which
underpin the company financially and
drive future growth and expansion.
The longstanding relationship between
us and the DIT provides a strategic
example of successfully supporting
a client in both established and
new markets. They have provided a
knowledgeable international trade
adviser to successfully liaise with
teams and colleagues worldwide
to provide cohesive and smooth-
runningrelationships.
Berkeley and DIT
meeting the Yasref
executive team in
Reading
We have been
a long-term
supporter of
the
Department for
International
Trade,
continuously
working with
them since
2009
21BERKELEY ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
The next step of the journey
In late 2018, we undertook the
next step of the journey, which
was twofold. The first was the
allocation of additional resources
in the commercial sector for our
headquarters in London. This was
supported by Andrew Brewer, an
industry professional and former
international trade adviser. Our
second focus was regional expansion
in Oman, where our office was
officially opened in March. The British
Ambassador joined me and our local
partners for the official opening. We
have since expanded into Jordan,
signing an agreement with a civil
engineering partner, and intend to
use this partnership to expand further
across the Middle East and into Iraq.
We are a long-term member of the
Arab British Chamber of Commerce
and a key supporter of this institution,
supporting networking events and
wider involvement across the region.
The challenges and opportunities
before us are as important as ever.
For example, because of Saudi
Aramco’s acquisition in its domestic
petrochemical sector, we have
seen continued growth in our core
business segment in the Middle East.
As the world moves to new uses of
hydrocarbons and by-products, we
will seek out environmentally friendly
solutions and agriproducts. These can
only be successfully developed through
collaboration and close relationships
with our clients.
As a business, the challenge before
us is to secure more long-term work
in key oil and gas-producing areas.
We are relooking at Nigeria and the
wider sub-Saharan oil and gas market,
and evaluating the North Sea, which,
despite the recent oil-price crash, is
re-emerging leaner and stronger. This
is a great source for collaboration,
introducing new technology which will
benefit the global market. It will also
help to deliver UK content globally and
will sustain our Reading hub for many
years to come.
We would also like to see further
support for businesses exporting
abroad, particularly increased access
to banks to deliver project finances.
This should be allied to improved
marketing for DIT work in the regions
and aligned with opportunities for
businesses to meet with policymakers
to share expertise and their experience
of operations on the ground.
Finally, after several years of growth,
we are restructuring the UK HQ to
become more visible and aligned with
our customers, governments and the
markets. A new holding structure will
be implemented in 2019 to simplify
our view of the operations and our
clients’ view of us. Organisational
simplification is the next opportunity
for the company. As Henry Longfellow
said: “In character, in manner, in style,
in all things, the supreme excellence
issimplicity.”
In character,
in manner, in
style, in all
things, the
supreme
excellence is
simplicity
We officially opened our
office in Oman with the
British ambassador in
March

www.berkeleyeng.com

This article was sponsored by Berkeley Engineering Consultants. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster