Royal HaskoningDHV joins World Bank Saigon water treatment project

16 March 2017

The Saigon river has suffered considerable environmental degradation from untreated waste water from residents and businesses in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). The polluted water in particular affects the city and wider regions' poor people. To improve the situation the World Bank launched two projects to add waste water treatment capacity to the city. Royal HaskoningDHV has been tasked with  supervision and contract management for two of the construction projects, including a waste treatment plant.

The Saigon river snakes through Vietnam for 240 kilometres, to discharge into the Nhà Bè River before flowing into the East Sea. The river flows past Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, with a population of more than 8 million. The river has in recent years come under the spotlight from city and regional authorities, by failing to meet water safety standards. The problem had a broad cause, with both residents and industry pumping untreated waste into the river. The city has had limited capacity to deal with waste water, much of the city’s waste water thereby simply being dumped into the river system.

Saigon river-Royal HaskoningDHV-World Bank

To improve the environmental and social situation around the river, the city World Bank stepped in. The organisation launched the Ho Chi Minh City Environmental Sanitation Project in 2013, focused primarily on reducing untreated waste water discharge into the river by the creation of a waste water treatment plant. The project aimed to improve the health and wellbeing of around 1.2 million of the city’s poorer residents.

It was recently announced that a second project, also funded by the World Bank, called the Second Ho Chi Minh City Environmental Sanitation Project (HCMCES-2), will involve the expertise of specialist consultancy firm Royal HaskoningDHV. The firm will deliver supervision and contract management for the construction of the two major components of the $495 million project, a wastewater treatment plant with a 480,000 m3/d (to be the largest in Vietnam) and an 8-kilometre interceptor of 3.2-metre diameter. The project has a completion date set in 2022.

Remarking about the project, Thang Doan, Royal HaskoningDHV’s Director Water in Vietnam says that he is “delighted” that the firm has been selected to supervise the delivery of project, which, he adds, “will make such a tangible difference to the quality of life in Vietnam’s largest city. Some of our most experienced engineers will be working on this scheme and the award of the project is testament to the quality of work we have already delivered for the IMA. We are confident that our relationship will be further strengthened as work on the Second Ho Chi Minh Environmental Sanitation Project gets underway.”

Vuong Hai Long the Director of the Investment Management Authority (IMA) remarks about the project, “The Vietnam government has made a huge commitment to improving the sanitation provision in the country’s urban areas. The Second Ho Chi Minh City Environmental Sanitation Project will bring major benefits to residents and businesses. We expect that the extensive and diverse experience of Royal HaskoningDHV will contribute to the success of this project.”

Royal HaskoningDHV has worked on a range of projects related to water and waste treatment across the globe, including an earlier project in Vietnam. Many of the projects leverage Nereda aerobic granular sludge technology, including water treatment plants in Ireland and one in Brazil, as well as a water treatment project in the Philippines.

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Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019

Grey Consulting has forged a new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of the brightest creative innovators, headquartered at Somerset House, London. The partnership hopes to tap into the experimental community to develop pioneering solutions for Grey Consulting’s clients.

In August 2018, one of the world’s largest design agencies surprised the business world by launching a dedicated consulting outfit. The news came as the two industries continued on their trajectory towards a historic synthesis. The consulting industry has been engaged in a pitched battle with the advertising and design space for the past few years, as the former increasingly encroaches on the territory of the latter via a protracted campaign of mergers and acquisitions; but there had been little traffic moving in the other direction.

At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”