Everyone is deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of former employee Sebastian Fisher, at a tragically young age.
Sebastian worked for WJ between 2000 and 2011, and was influential in our growth in the UK and internationally during this time, becoming recognised as one of the leading dewatering exponents in the UK.
We have many fond memories of Seb and send our condolences to Celeste and his family and friends.
WJ have had a global dewatering presence for more than 20 years with existing offices in the UK, Canada, London’s Regent’s Park is one of the capital cities 8 Royal Parks and is home to London Zoo, floral gardens, tranquil lakes and iconic statues and monuments. It is also home to London’s most popular 10k run.
Much of sub-Saharan Africa is considered to be in “economic water scarcity”, where water infrastructure is either poor or mismanaged despite sufficient water sources being present. One way to help manage this issue and provide long term water security to nations is through the construction of high-quality water wells and boreholes. In response to this, WJ, alongside Cranfield University, the British Drilling Association, and RedR UK, as well as a number of other industry partners, combined to provide the “Developing Groundwater” course during October 2022.
On the afternoon of the 30th of September 2022, 24 of WJ’s staff from our HR and finance; tendering and design; technical; monitoring; and operations departments, and our Senior Management team took to the roads of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire as part of a charity treasure hunt on behalf of our chosen charity YoungMinds.
On Saturday 23 July 2022 our MD Richard Fielden will be setting off to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats (approximately 1000 miles!) in just 10 days and is hoping to raise £10,000 for Young Minds Trust, a charity which works with children, young adults and their families to help to look after their mental health.
‘Going green’ has been a big part of WJ’s ethos for a number of years as we believe it is important for us as a company and an industry to become more environmentally friendly and sustainable. At WJ this has included a signfican in new electric drilling and dewatering plant and equipment.
Ground Engineering is one of the foremost trade magazines for the UK Geotechnical, Engineering Geology and Geo-Environmental Industries, and their podcast Breaking Ground is the voice of the geotechnical industry in the country, having covered topics as diverse as piling, sustainability and geothermal energy!
The British Tunnelling Society, an Associated Society of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), formed 50 years ago provides a crucial form for development of the tunnelling industry in the UK and overseas, and recently invited WJ’s Chairman, Dr Toby Roberts to speak at an evening event regarding “Dewatering Strategies for Underground Infrastructure in the London Basin”.