7th Annual (2019)

Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Forum

Tuesday 05 February - Wednesday 06 February 2019
Burges Salmon logo

Burges Salmon is the independent UK law firm whose unique model and collaborative culture delivers the best mix of advice, service and value. We compete at the top of the legal market, working across selected sectors and markets where our knowledge, experience and skills deliver highly effective solutions to our clients’ complex needs.

Our lawyers support large corporates, institutions and public bodies on all their legal needs, as well as advising wealthy private individuals and entrepreneurial businesses. We provide these sophisticated clients with a wide range of legal services, often at critical moments when a combination of astute legal advice and commercial guidance are most needed.

We have built a progressive service culture based on collaboration and teamwork that is shaped around the needs of our clients to deliver a fantastic service and experience.

WSP logo

WSP are now one of the world’s leading engineering and professional services consultancies. We are committed to technical excellence and have a resolute focus on clients and project delivery. We understand that infrastructure is vital to how the UK operates, shaping how and where we travel, what type and amounts of energy we use, supporting economic growth and tackling environmental challenges. We provide all the technical services - engineers, planners, land referencers, project managers, and a full suite of environmental experts -required to take a major project from conception to consent and through to construction and operation across all sectors.


Freshwater logo

Freshwater is a leading communications agency employing over 50 communications specialists, with offices in London and Cardiff. It has a national reach and provides an integrated service offering to clients across the UK, built around three core pillars: consulting, creating and engaging.

Consultancy services include: communications, marketing and brand strategy, crisis management, campaign planning and communications training. Creative services include: content marketing, design, video production and web development. Engagement services include: digital marketing, events, advertising, public relations, public affairs, stakeholder engagement and consultation.

BDB Pitmans logo

BDB Pitmans is a firm of award-winning lawyers advising a range of commercial companies, public sector bodies, charities and private clients. Over the past five years, the firm’s approach and track record have enabled it to grow and to attract some of the brightest legal talent in the profession; many of its solicitors are independently recognised as leaders in their practice areas.

The firm is a top 100 LLP with around 170 partners, solicitors and experts. It works with clients across a variety of major practice areas including planning and major projects, public law, corporate and commercial, real estate, private wealth, family, employment, litigation, charity and the not-for-profit sectors.

LDA Design logo

LDA Design is a leading creative design, planning and environment consultancy. Our team is 140 strong and we work at every scale in the UK and abroad, as landscape architects, masterplanners, urban designers, town planners and environmental planners.

At LDA Design we understand design to be a social endeavour, and that places and development of every type should be designed and planned for people.

Our work is founded on our client’s objectives working with stakeholders and communities. We design and plan development that responds to context, secures benefit, brings delight in the everyday, addresses operational and functional requirements and achieves our client’s commercial goals. Our work is creative but also focused on delivery and we have a strong record in securing planning consents under all major planning regimes and in often challenging contexts.

LDA Design believe in a truly inter-disciplinary approach and creative leadership, which is echoed in the front-loaded process required under the NSIP planning regime.

LDA Design believe that the UK should be developing projects that leave a positive legacy that the country and communities can be proud of and that demonstrate rigour, accountability and creativity.



Gateley Hamer logo

Gateley Hamer is one of the UK’s leading specialist property consultancies providing advice on compulsory purchase and utilities compensation for scheme promoters, landowners and many of the UK’s leading residential developers.

Our professional expertise together with our personal approach and commitment to achieve the optimum results for our clients means we are regularly instructed to deal with the UK’s major infrastructure and development projects.

In September 2016 we joined the Gateley Group, a pioneering law-led professional services group to support our ongoing growth and success.

Counter Context logo

Counter Context is a leading communications and public affairs company. We have more than 20 years’ experience in helping clients in the built environment, to consult, engage and promote.

Across our NSIPs portfolio we have supported some of the largest renewable energy and transport projects. We work with clients to deliver fully integrated communications and engagement support for major schemes throughout the lifecycle of projects. 

We help our clients to hear, and to be heard. By designing effective and genuine consultation and engagement strategies, we deliver successful two-way communication and feedback channels and create a strong voice amongst opinion-formers and decision-makers. We are experts in designing innovative communications solutions to enthuse audiences.

Barton Willmore logo

Barton Willmore is the UK’s largest independent, integrated planning and design consultancy. From their 12 offices nationwide, they offer an unusual mix of Planning and Design services to clients who span all development sectors. Barton Willmore are passionate about creating places that are not only commercially viable, but also sustainable, dynamic and progressive. By curating teams of Planners and Designers with a diverse range of skills and specialisms, they offer our clients a highly efficient, informed and innovative service tailored to the challenges they face on projects of all different types.

Barton Willmore’s Infrastructure and Energy team offers national expertise specialising in the planning, assessment and consenting of large-scale infrastructure projects within the following sectors: energy, strategic rail freight, airports, oil and gas, waste, business and commercial, and nuclear. The team provides a broad range of services, including planning strategy development and implementation, planning process and examination management, and compulsory acquisition advice. The team, led by Ben Lewis, includes experienced practitioners who have worked for promoters, landowners, statutory bodies and the Planning Inspectorate.

Tractivity logo

Manage all the stages of public consultation (including continuous engagement) to ensure all feedback is recorded, coded and extracted. Tractivity is used to manage many large scale consultations across the UK, working closely with the Consultation Institute to ensure you and your software adhere to industry best practice.

Tractivity is an online stakeholder system with all the tools you require to manage every aspect of your consultation and engagement process, from mapping your stakeholder database to building, sending and tracking all communications.

Visit www.tractivity.co.uk today to find out more.

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ADAS is the UK’s largest independent provider of environmental and agricultural consultancy, research and development, and policy advice. Our unique combination of insight and practical experience is underpinned by robust, informed, science-based information and allows us to meet the needs of our clients.

The ADAS Environment teams offer services in ecology, arboriculture, forestry, land management, soils, archaeology, landscape, wayleaves and planning, supported by expertise in data capture, GIS, modelling and software development. We deliver environmental solutions to landowners, developers and utility providers, from small residential developments to nationally significant major infrastructure projects.

Headland Archaeology logo

Headland Archaeology is one of the largest and most experienced archaeological contractors in the UK. Privately owned, our business is focussed on infrastructure projects, especially road schemes, and we have built an in-house team to manage and resource the largest archaeological contracts in the UK. We employ hundreds of professional archaeologists as well as construction managers, quantity surveyors and others to help us deliver quality results alongside cost and programme certainty.

We are committed to delivering exemplary archaeological works, combining best practice, innovative techniques and commercial awareness.

Arcadis logo

Applying our deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services; we work in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. We are 27,000 people active in over 70 countries. We have been working successfully with our clients to deliver challenging and complex infrastructure projects. We lend expertise across all sectors delivering from project conception through consent and into construction and operation. We provide all the services needed to deliver Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects including project management, strategic planning, Development Consent Order leadership, stakeholder engagement, environmental design and assessment and land referencing. Our delivery approach focuses upon collaboration and challenging teams to deliver sustainable solutions and improve quality of life.