Esh-Stantec supports Northumbria University MSc students with 'Environmental Management in Practice'


Esh-Stantec is delivering a three-phase project on behalf of Northumbrian Water Group, the Environment Agency and North Tyneside Council who are investing over £5 million to manage surface water in the Killingworth and Longbenton areas of North Tyneside.

During the project, we had the pleasure of inviting a group of students from Northumbria University who are studying an MSc in Safety, Health and Environmental Management, to undertake a research project on our site at Killingworth Lake.

Commencing the project with a site visit, the students spent time with the project team learning about the scope of works followed by a guided tour of the site to see first-hand the scale and the practical impacts of environmental management practice on the project. The students were provided with the pre-construction Information to assist them, including ecology and soil investigation reports.

Working in two groups, students were tasked with producing a Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) and a Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) to which they were required to produce a report with practical recommendations for Esh Group and present their findings. Simon Park, Energy and Environmental Advisor and Clare Davison, Social Value Coordinator were invited to watch the presentations and provide feedback to the students.

The presentations were very well put together, providing an overview of the project, the reasons for producing an Environmental Management Plan/ Site Waste Management Plan followed by site-specific recommendations. The student’s final reports will also be sent to Esh Construction for review.

This is the second consecutive year Esh Group have collaborated with Northumbria University to support the Safety, Health and Environmental Management MSc course. Our Summit 2026 Strategy here at Esh Group is aligned with the relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals and continues to drive progress and raise awareness of environmental issues within our business. By working together with Northumbria University, it allows us to share our ethos, bring real-life examples of Environmental management in the construction industry and inspire our potential workforce of the future.

We wish each student the very best of luck in their final months of study and look forward to working with Northumbria University again.

By providing an environmental challenge, combined with a visit a live construction site, Esh has given the students a great opportunity to learn from a real-life scenario. We hope that the student presentations and reports back to Esh Group are of benefit too. This is a real win-win collaboration – thank you to Simon Park for his on-going support!”

Anna-Lisa Mills, Associate Lecturer at Northumbria University