8th Annual (2020)

Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Forum

Wednesday 05 February - Thursday 06 February 2020
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.

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.

BDB Pitmans logo

BDB Pitmans was established in 2018 following a merger between legacy firms Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB) and Pitmans Law. The firm brings together over 300 years of legal expertise across four locations – Cambridge, London, Reading and Southampton.

Our priority is to achieve outstanding outcomes for our clients. We listen to their business objectives or life goals so that we provide not only excellent technical advice, but a complete solution. We work with clients to understand the challenges they face, and aim to not just meet expectations, but to exceed them.

Our focus is building longstanding and mutually beneficial client relationships on a foundation of trust and genuine partnership.

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.


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.

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.



TerraQuest logo

TerraQuest is an established provider of Land Referencing, Development Planning, Geographic Information Systems, Data & Document Management and fully outsourced Business Process solutions to both the Public and Private sector, spanning nearly 50 years. TerraQuest is a trusted organisation which is renowned for its unprecedented expertise and for providing innovative and cost-effective solutions to exacting standards.
TerraQuest prides itself in the following 6 pillars;

• Expertise - Detailed understanding of service requirements and excellent service
• Innovation – Industry leading technology
• Experience – Proven track record with local authorities and private companies
• Trusted – Confidential and secure to ISO27001 standards
• Cost Efficient - Reduces resource cost through efficiency and reduced storage
• Flexible – Ensures delivery against timescales, budget and quality outputs

TerraQuest is the UK’s largest specialist provider of land referencing services to private and public sector clients involved in the planning and development of major transportation, regeneration and utility projects. They have over 40 years’ experience in the delivery of land referencing projects with one of the largest and most experienced multi-disciplinary teams in the UK.
Their GIS technology underpins their core services of land referencing, data processing and land information management and allows the client to have a greater understanding of what is occurring within their geographical space and influencing their business.

Bruton Knowles logo

Whether you are siting and routing works, pipelines, towers and facilities or just need to determine how work will affect the local community, you need to ensure that your pre-planning, implementation and continued operation of infrastructure connection projects run as smoothly as possible.

Bruton Knowles has a large utilities and transportation team working on electricity, water and gas pipeline projects as well as rail, road and bus schemes. Our large team of experts offer unrivalled knowledge and experience in land assembly and compulsory purchase throughout the UK. Using our wide network of surveyors enables us to deliver to the most challenging of project deadlines in a reliable and effective way.

Our approach to business makes us different, we don’t just offer insight, experience and expertise, we take the time to listen and understand your needs, relationships matter to us and clients find us a refreshing change when it comes to helping achieve goals.

For personal impartial advice you can place absolute trust in Bruton Knowles.

Landmark Chambers logo

Landmark is a leading barristers’ chambers offering integrated advice and advocacy across planning, property, public and environmental law. Our barristers have a wealth of experience and expertise in the development and infrastructure sector, including many of the largest projects in the UK and elsewhere.

Our work covers obtaining development and consents, providing strategic advice on the promotion of major schemes, addressing compliance with environmental law, procurement, regulatory and contractual issues, construction disputes and Investor-State dispute settlement. Our barristers act for developers, investment funds and banks, central government and host States, local and regional government, other regulatory bodies, third parties, and NGOs.