One year on: WSP | Indigo integration goes from strength to strength

In less than a year following WSP completing its acquisition of Indigo Planning, WSP | Indigo has finalised its integration into WSP’s Planning and Advisory business.

The successful integration has seen the creation of a combined ‘Planning Consultancy’ team, where Indigo’s industry-leading town planning team have combined with WSP’s infrastructure planning specialists alongside the expert Environmental Assessment and Management (EAM) team. This gives WSP’s clients access to expertise across property and infrastructure sectors including transport, energy / utilities and residential.

Based on a shared desire to become the leading planning consultancy in the UK, the team is supporting developers, investors, operators, infrastructure providers and contractors, in the public and private sectors, to create sustainable developments and new places and pursue a path towards a net-zero future.

105 chartered town planners have integrated into co-located offices in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds.

WSP | Indigo has a broad client base, including Sainsbury’s, Legal & General, Homes England, Peabody, Aviva, Peel Holdings, Royal Mail, National Grid, Morgan Sindall and Berkeley Homes, and the combined strength within WSP | Indigo has led to several joint projects over the last year.

These include Therme Group’s planned wellness resort in Manchester; the Great Northern Hotel Arcade in King’s Cross, London; Eden Project North in Morecambe; Slough Town Centre regeneration; and the development of Smithfield in Birmingham city centre.

Phil Villars, Head of Planning Consultancy and EAM at WSP, said: “From the initial discussions we held with WSP about a potential acquisition, it was clear how beneficial Indigo and WSP combining their expertise would be for our clients and people. As Indigo Planning, we are incredibly proud of how our business developed over the last 30 years and what we have achieved for clients and communities alike. 

“The creation of Planning Consultancy combines Indigo and WSP’s expertise into one specialist offer for clients, enabling WSP to provide market-leading consulting services on some of the UK’s most significant developments and projects.”

Ian Liddell, Managing Director of Planning & Advisory at WSP, said: “The integration of Indigo Planning into WSP has been transformational and I’d like to thank all of those who have played a part in that joint effort. Integrating our planning teams means we are able to provide our clients with a broader set of services and enable them to accelerate project delivery across the UK and beyond.”

WSP | Indigo has received three nominations for the upcoming RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2020, including ‘Planning Consultancy of the Year’ and ‘Young Planner of the Year’, due to be announced on Thursday 30 April.

With WSP | Indigo’s teams now fully integrated into the WSP business, the ‘Indigo’ part of the name will not be used from Monday 4 May 2020 onwards.





Dan Williams, UK PR Manager, WSP

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