Fore Consulting (Fore), one of the north’s fastest growing independent transport consultancies, is opening an office in Newcastle.
Based in Leeds and specialising in transport planning, transport engineering, land use development, regeneration and project management across public and private sectors, Fore was established in 2011 and now employs 15 people.
Fore has based a small team in Newcastle since April, and the new office, at City Quadrant, 11 Waterloo Square, will be staffed permanently with immediate effect to manage new and ongoing projects. Fore’s ethos behind the expansion is that existing clients will benefit from the service of a regionally based team with the aim of growing the business by attracting new clients and projects.
Fore currently offers three key services: development planning; strategy, planning and delivery and microsimulation modelling. Fore is already working across these three work areas across the north-east region undertaking projects in Newcastle’s city centre, Hartlepool, Stockton and Durham, to Darlington, Catterick and Northallerton.
Other key projects include major work with Tees Valley Metro, the Stockton Infrastructure Strategy and Tees Valley Bus Network improvements, a wide range of employment, commercial and residential sites, as well as work to support the development of a derelict brownfield site on the north-west fringe of Darlington.
Director Paul Irwin said: “We have an excellent team of people in Newcastle, some of whom have worked with us in Leeds and who have worked with our north east based clients for some time. We are looking to integrate additional staff to support this over the next few months. Our priority is to ensure our clients benefit from our being on the ground in the local area and further enhance our ‘director-led’ approach to work.
“Fore goes from strength to strength and the Newcastle and Leeds based teams will continue to work seamlessly to enable us to provide the very best service for our private and public clients.”
Fore have recently assisted in securing a planning consent for their client Lateral Property Group and LBW Investments Limited. Members in Darlington Council resolved to grant planning consent for a new food store and petrol filling station on a derelict brownfield site at Faverdale on the north-west fringe of Darlington.
Fore supported the planning application on transport matters, preparing a Transport Assessment and Travel Plan. Fore’s Aimsun Microsimulation Modelling was a key factor in the success of an application to build a new food store, petrol station and car park on this disused industrial site.
Andrew Bradshaw, director of Fore Consulting, said: “Our modelling confirmed that any local impacts associated with the proposed food store could be mitigated on the A68 corridor. Importantly the work demonstrated that there would be significant benefits in reducing the numbers and distance of food shopping trips that would otherwise need to use busy town centre routes.
“This proved to be a vital element within the success of the planning consent and we are delighted on behalf of our client.”
Chris Newsome, development director at Lateral Property Group, said: “Fore’s clear communication skills, technical expertise and excellent working relationship with Darlington Borough Council’s officers have hugely assisted us in successfully negotiating the traffic-related issues associated with the redevelopment of a brownfield site that has long been an eyesore in the local area.”