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Bircham Dyson Bell recognised for ‘Excellence in Service Delivery’ at Rail Freight Group Awards

December 2009

The major projects team at Bircham Dyson Bell was delighted to receive the runner up Award for Excellence in Service Delivery for its work on the London Gateway project at the recent RFG Awards 2009 in Oxford on 15 September 2009.

London Gateway combines the UK's newest and most advanced deep-sea container port, London Gateway Port, and Europe's largest logistics park on a 1,500 acre site 25 miles from London, at Stanford-le-Hope, South Essex.

Led by Partner Robbie Owen, the team progressively guided P&O and then DP World towards authorisation of the London Gateway Port, ensuring that the harbour empowerment order sought would provide London Gateway Port Limited with sufficient flexibility to construct the port and associated infrastructure, including the rail freight facility, to maximise the operational effectiveness of the port.

The team steered London Gateway Port Limited through its response to the Department for Transport's two interim decisions in July 2005 and August 2006, the final positive decision in May 2007 and, ultimately, the making of the London Gateway Port Harbour Empowerment Order by the Secretary of State in May 2008.

In announcing Bircham Dyson Bell as the recipients of the award, the Rail Freight Group said:
"The judges felt that the submission by Bircham Dyson Bell...deserved special mention in this category for a client responsive approach to delivery of professional services."

"Owing to BDB's impressive work on the Port, the Judges have decided that a new Award category for Professional Services will be introduced in 2010, whose aim is specifically to recognise the contribution to rail freight made by advisers, professional services and consultants"

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