The Civil Engineering team at Romsey-based consulting civil and structural engineering company WFBA, has been expanded.

The team, managed by director Bill Brown, now includes Kirsty Dye, Rob Lowe and Kirsten Glen with the longer serving team members, Paul Todd, John Comer, and Sam Wicks.

Bill said that the introduction of two very experienced engineers and the addition of Kirsten Glen from Plymouth University, who is studying Civil and Coastal Engineering and has just commenced a one-year placement with WFBA, will help them meet the increasing demand for solutions to construction issues, often created due to the shortage of normal building plots.

Kirsty Dye joins following 15 years’ experience, specialising in adoptable and private sewer designs, working with the Environment Agency and local lead flood authorities.

Rob Lowe brings a wealth of experience having worked for Hampshire County Council Highways and latterly with a small number of commercial property developers as engineering manager.

“The challenges for developers are getting increasingly more difficult as opportunities on simple, flat well-drained plots of land is outstripped by demand. Often the value of the land is determined by what is done under the surface to make it fit for purpose,” said Bill Brown. “We help architects and developers to be able to build something almost anywhere provided it is considered viable and can gain planning approval.”

The civils team is currently assigned to projects including Gosport's Brockhurst Gate Retail Park where they designed a cost effective sustainable drainage solution, also site wide infrastructure upgrades and operational facilities for Associated British Ports in Southampton and Lowestoft.