Professional services and engineering consultancy, WSP, has recruited two senior hires to its 55-strong development team at the company’s White Rose Business Park office in Leeds.
Damian Meehan has been appointed as technical director, with more than 22 years’ experience in the industry specialising in the transport and highways discipline with expert knowledge of the logistics and distribution sector.
He joins the team from his previous role as associate director at RPS Group PLC, where he led the highways and transport team from the company’s Newark office.
Major career highlights include advising and overseeing the relocation of mass media corporation, News Corp, and its businesses – 20th Century Fox, News UK, Dow Jones & Harper Collins – from their existing offices spread across London to a new headquarters at The News Building in London Bridge.
His international portfolio includes leading a team supplying master planning, transport planning, stakeholder and government engagement and infrastructure design for Riyadh’s Third Industrial City in Saudi Arabia – a one million square metre scheme which featured more than 90 purpose-built industrial factories.
Damian said: “There are a growing number of opportunities in the logistics and distribution sector, especially across the north and the midlands with international companies like Amazon planning to open new distribution centres across the region.
“There are also an increasing number of contracts in the aviation sector, with major international airports such as Manchester and Leeds/Bradford looking to improve their infrastructure by road and rail to accommodate a growing number of passengers year-on-year.
“WSP offers the full range of consultancy, environmental and engineering services which combined, allow us to support clients through every step of the process; from feasibility studies and support in securing new premises, to planning and implementing effective and sustainable transport strategies.
“I’m impressed with the strength and depth of talent within the Leeds office of WSP and look forward to combining this with my expertise to help us to secure more business in these growing markets.”
Also joining WSP’s transport and infrastructure team is Adrian Malone, who has been appointed as head of digital project delivery and BIM. Adrian spent a decade with Atkins where he took on numerous roles including group head of knowledge management and collaboration.
He will build on WSP’s core BIM capability to help clients grasp the opportunities of digital technology which can provide a new approach to create, maintain and operate infrastructure.
WSP, which employs more than 440 staff in Leeds, is providing engineering and consultancy services for a number of major transport schemes across the UK including the Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme (LPTIP).
The team are currently progressing existing concepts developed by Leeds City Council that set out how the Government-allocated £173.5m, which is earmarked for public transport projects in the city, should be spent to transform the city’s bus infrastructure network.