The initial focus will be on expanding existing teams in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds. Beyond this, the business will examine where best to extend its reach beyond the 20 offices around the country where it already has a planning discipline presence.
Growing presence and influence relies on growing the pool of talent and there are plans to do this too, as the head of WSP’s planning discipline, Darren Oldham, explains:
“We have already recruited three new planners – at senior planner associate level – since the integration and will be growing the town planning team further during 2020.”
While uncertainty looks set to continue for the UK economy in the year ahead, there are positives in the planning market, including the ongoing need for new homes. As local authorities look to develop their own land for regeneration it also creates opportunities at the interface between the public and private sectors – for which the combined expertise of WSP and Indigo is well placed.