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Transport planning hires add specialist expertise to WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff development team in Leeds

Global professional services consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has appointed two transport planning experts to its development business in Leeds, as part of a strategic growth plan to expand its specialist team by 30 per cent in 2017.

Brett Little, pictured, joins the team as head of pedestrian modelling and Leighton Cardwell as technical director across transport modelling, business cases and appraisal. The two new appointments will boost the 50-strong development team’s technical capabilities, harnessing the latest transport modelling software to design and build schemes which put people first; helping its clients to future-proof developments to accommodate the growing population of cities across the North and beyond.

Brett joins the team from his previous role as business development director for pedestrian engineering and major events at PTV Group. Brett has more than 20 years’ experience in transport planning and major career highlights include working for Transport for London on the London 2012 Olympic Games, where he was responsible for modelling the route for spectators from transport hubs to venues as well as wider Olympic operations.

Brett said: “I’m looking forward to expanding WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s pedestrian modelling capability across the whole of the UK, as well as internationally. Now, more than ever, public and private sector clients realise the importance of designing buildings and spaces around people.

“The ability to manage the flow of pedestrians is key to creating a sustainable development. From a single building to a city-wide regeneration strategy, pedestrian modelling can help us design a scheme that is futureproof, and it can also save costly re-workings of designs later on.”

Leighton Cardwell will have a specific remit to secure a growing number of development and economic-led funding opportunities for clients across the North in response to the accelerating Northern Powerhouse agenda.  Leighton, who was previously a technical director at Jacobs, has recently worked on an integrated roads strategy for Transport for the North and was a project director on Northern Powerhouse Rail (HS3).

Leighton said: “Although I will be based in Leeds, my role will see me work across WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s northern offices to grow the development business. Just last month the Prime Minister pledged further investment in major infrastructure projects and upgrades across the North.

“By expanding our transport modelling and innovative appraisal capabilities, working alongside other specialist teams here, which include highways and rail, we are best placed to help our clients to find joined-up solutions to creating a transport network that will serve the region for years to come.”

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff employs more than 440 staff in Leeds, including around 65 at Mouchel Consulting, which was acquired by the global business in October 2016.

The Leeds team has provided engineering and consultancy services for major schemes in Yorkshire including the £300 million mixed-used Kirkstall Forge development and the £80 million Tower Works scheme in Holbeck Urban Village in Leeds. The team also helped achieve planning permission for the landmark Central Square development in Leeds city centre; the first high rise scheme in the city for a number of years.


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