Phil Studds

BSc MSc PhD CEng CEnv MCIWEM, SiLC, PRINCE2 Practitioner, Regional Director, Northern Environmental

T: +44 7931 709 943

“"Facilitating communication between client and regulator often resolves issues before they become problems."”

Phil Studds joined the practice as Director in June 2007. He has worked for 15 years as a scientist and consultant to industry, particularly with regard to contamination — land and water — and associated risk and remediation issues. He is experienced in managing environmental liability on behalf of clients and of demonstrating due diligence in anticipation of developing legislation, such as Waste Management Regulations and the Water Framework Directive.

Phil's scientific abilities — including testing, analysis and predictive modelling — and his understanding of regulatory and commercial issues are complemented by his skill as a communicator. He often acts as the interface between client and legislator to broker solutions that are both compliant and economically viable.

At Leeds University, Phil is guest lecturer in both the Civil Engineering and Earth Sciences departments. He contributes frequently to professional journals and magazines.

Recent projects

Canal dredging sediment classification

Concerns were raised for British Waterways when six of their lagoons adjacent to the Long Sandall Lock Canal, holding 100,000 cubic metres of dredging sediment, were nearing capacity. The lagoons are vital for storing sediments, the removal and re-use of which is a major part of successful canal operation.

Our Environment team was brought in to determine whether the sediment could be reused as infill for canal bank stabilisation works. Existing waste guidelines classified dredgings as 'hazardous waste', assuming that the sediments were in a worst-case chemical form.

Our team challenged this interpretation and, working closely with environmental regulators, developed a testing strategy that correctly classified the canal dredgings. Detailed assessment was used to dem ...

Normand Park redesign

The people of London's North Fulham have responded enthusiastically to the revitalization of a 60-year old local park. First established on the site of bomb-damaged streets deemed too costly to repair after WWII, Normand Park had been little altered over the years.

Consultation for the regeneration of the area, begun in 2001, revealed a powerful desire in the community to make better use of this public asset. The refurbished park is designed to provide something for every sector of society: young children and parents, teenagers, older citizens, residents and visitors.

Ramboll UK was lead consultant on the project and the work of our masterplanning & urban development team played an important role throughout. Intensive community liaison was integral to our work, invol ...

Tate Modern

Officially opened on 17th June 2016 the new Tate Modern extension later named the Blavatnik building is an iconic world-class addition to London’s skyline. Enabling new ways to display Tate's collection, the new building has been instrumental to Tate Modern's recent success, as it topped the polls as the UK's most visited attraction in 2018.

Leeds Canal Basin residential

This development, known as Granary Wharf, is the result of regeneration around the historic Leeds & Liverpool Canal, minutes from Leeds city centre. We provided civil and structural engineering for two landmark residential buildings; Candle House and Watermans Place and a footbridge linking the wharf to the central area of the city.

Birmingham schools PFI

As part of a winning bid team led by leading UK building contractor Balfour Beatty, we delivered new premises for twelve schools in central Birmingham.

The project consisted of ten primary schools, a secondary school and a technical college, built in two phases on an extremely tight schedule.

The schools occupy urban sites where space is at a premium. Units thus range from single to triple storey. Working with the architects, we helped to create a four-classroom structural module used to create identical teaching wings for all the schools involved. These included classrooms with flexible partitions and a central corridor daylit via clerestory glazing.

The design of other facilities is tailored to meet the needs of each particular site.


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