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TPA join the Transport Planning Society Professional Development Scheme

 

Transport Planning Associates join the Transport Planning Society (TPS) as a Stakeholder Member and gain access to the Professional Development Scheme (PDS).

For the transport planner, the PDS provides a detailed framework within which they develop their technical and generic professional skills over the initial years of their career. For those with a UK Honours degree (or it equivalent) but without a Transport Planning Professional (TPP) approved transport Masters, completion of the PDS provides exemption from the TPP Portfolio of Technical Knowledge (PTK)

For the employer, the PDS encourages staff to obtain the range of skills required to work effectively as a professional in the industry. It is also provides a useful performance metric, enabling an employer to track progress and commitment to personal professional development.

Designed to meets the needs of transport planners, whether recent graduates, career changers or those with an established career, the TPS PDS requires those following it to obtain:

the knowledge that underlies both transport planning and key generic skills, including communications and management
experience of work in a wide range of transport planning activities, with an ability to supervise others working in some activities
an essential set of management and communication competences.

It’s integral for Transport Planning Associates to join the Professional Development Scheme to allow junior staff members and potential graduate recruits to develop their skills, experience and breadth of knowledge required to excel as a Transport Planner.  By becoming a stakeholder Transport Planning Associates will gain recognition from the Transport Planning Society by supporting younger transport planners towards becoming true professionals, to the benefit of the company and the individuals concerned.

In welcoming TPA, Keith Buchan, TPS Skills Director commented:

“We very much look forward to working with” ”TPA to develop their […]

TPA Proud to be Supporting the London Air Ambulance in 2016

Through TPA’s London office’s Charity of the Year Partnership with the London Air Ambulance (LAA) Rupert Lyons and Damian Ford were lucky enough to be invited by Lucy Brooks, Corporate Development Manager for LAA, to visit the helipad at The Royal London Hospital to meet some of the team and to find out more about the operational side of the LAA.

While experiencing slightly windy and damp conditions on the helipad, some 17 storeys above London, Michael Horton, one of the Fireman who man the helipad and support the team, imparted a wealth of knowledge about the equipment carried on-board the helicopter  as well as how the whole team work to provide a vital service to the capital.

With the service operating 24 hours a day, through the helicopter and Rapid Response Cars, an average ‘mission’ costs approximately £1,500 and brings advanced pre-hospital care quickly to the most severe incidents within the M25.

A huge thank you to both Michael and Lucy as well as the rest of the team we were fortunate to meet for allowing us to gain an insight into their work and the lifesaving service they provide.

If you would like to find out more about the London Air Ambulance and the various fund raising events which you can participate in, either as an individual or part of a team, then please visit their website www.londonsairambulance.co.uk.

TPA Supporting Children with Cancer – Charity Race

TPA’s Oxford office is proud to be sponsoring a Charity Race Evening to raise money for Children with Cancer, on the 5th February 2016 at Abingdon United Football Club. The evening is being organised by James Blackmore as part of a series of events to raise awareness and funds for the Charity, which will cumulate in James running the London Marathon in April.
If you would like to support James to raise as much as possible for this worthy charity then please go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JamesBlackmore1 or to find out more about Children with Cancer go to www.childrenwithcancer.org.uk.

University of West of England – Bower Ashton Campus

Bristol City Council’s Planning Committee meeting held on the 5th August 2015 resolved to grant planning permission for the third phase of the University of West of England (UWE) Bower Ashton masterplan to revamp the campus in a £35million pound project.

The plans include the demolition of three of the current blocks at Bower Ashton Campus and the addition of three new three storey buildings that will house both Digital Media and Physical Making Resources. Refurbishment of remaining blocks will include development of a student hub and the entire site will benefit from improved vehicle, pedestrian and cycle access and related facilities.

Transport Planning Associates’ Bristol team have been working on behalf of UWE as part of a multi-disciplinary team comprising Alder King, AHR Architects and Austin Smith Lord Architects to achieve the consent which will now provide students with industry standard resources grouped around discipline hubs that support practice based learning as well as being able to deliver an inspirational learning environment.

Highways and transport were considered key constraints, and TPA worked in close consultation with the highway authority in order to demonstrate that the proposed traffic movements and car parking provision would not materially change with the development of the new masterplan.

The team delivered a Transport Statement and Travel Plan in support of the development to mitigate the impact from traffic movements and single occupancy car journeys. Particular emphasis was also devoted to ensuring that the improved vehicle, pedestrian and cycle accesses proposed could be delivered within the constraints of the site and that they could be delivered with no detriment to highway safety.

The consent will now help the university to offer a modern, fit for purpose, digitally connected environment that will attract and retain its […]

Consent for Residential Scheme in Windmill Hill, Bristol

Outline planning permission was granted on 23rd April 2015 for the erection of nine residential units comprising seven 3 bedroom dwellings and two 2 bedroom flats with associated layout, infrastructure and access arrangements.

Transport Planning Associates’ Bristol team have been working on behalf of the developer Sam Litt, with GE2 Ltd. Architects to achieve the consent for the site which is currently an existing car sales garage.

TPA worked with the highway authority in order to demonstrate that car parking provision which comprised zero spaces being provided on the site was appropriate could be justified given the inner city location and type of development. The team delivered a Transport Statement in support of the development which included a parking survey of the surrounding highway network to illustrate the existing demand at peak times to help justify the provision.

Consent for Commercial Aerospace Building in Churchdown

Tewkesbury Borough Council’s Planning Committee meeting held on the 21 April 2015 resolved to grant planning permission for a new commercial aerospace building comprising of Class B1 and B2 uses on the B4063 Cheltenham Road East, Churchdown. Triumph Actuation Systems UK (IOM) will now be able to relocate from their existing shared office in Bishops Cleeve and expand their workforce from 117 to approximately 200 employees.

 

Transport Planning Associates’ Bristol team have been working as part of a multi-disciplinary team comprising McLoughlin Planning and Angus Meek Architects to achieve the consent which will now release £1.8m of grant funding from the UK government and leverage a further £8.1m of inward investment to support the growth of this business, boost the economy locally and the growth of the UK aerospace industry.

Highways and transport were considered key constraints, and TPA worked in close consultation with the highway authority in order to demonstrate that the proposed traffic movements and car parking provision could be justified given the location and type of development.  The team delivered a Transport Statement and Travel Plan in support of the development to mitigate the impact from traffic movements and single occupancy car journeys.

The consent will now allow for a sustainable redevelopment of a brownfield site at a highly accessible location between Cheltenham and Gloucester, and will provide greater economic benefits and employment potential than the existing green belt site.

 

New Instruction for Brent School Expansion

Our London Office are proud to have been appointed by Brent Council to provide Transport Planning support for the expansion of two schools in the London Borough of Brent. Transport Planning Associates will now liaise with the project team going forward and provide an update to both schools’ Travel Plans and provide the Transport Assessment Report to complete the supporting documentation for the planning application.

The appointment was instructed following a competitive tender procedure, which helps to further demonstrate TPA’s ability to understand and meet the client’s needs whilst also providing a competitive proposal in terms of fees.

Innovative Road Layout Trial – Welwyn Garden City

Hertfordshire County Council has approved a trial starting on 19 January which will allow developers Spen Hill to test proposed highway improvements to Broadwater Road.

The innovative trial which is due to last for 21 days will transform the junction, which is currently managed by traffic lights, into a roundabout layout in a bid to manage traffic flows better and improve the environment along Broadwater Road. This is the first of its kind in the county and may lead the way in testing future road layout changes. Currently, the traffic lights at the junction increase traffic delays outside of the morning peak, causing cars to sit in long queues waiting for the lights to change. This creates unnecessary congestion, delay and pollution. The main aim of this trial is to see if the changes ease traffic along Broadwater Road, as well as creating a better environment for residents and reducing the divide between Peartree ward and the town centre.

The crossroads junction of Broadwater Road and Bessemer Road with Bridge Road and Bridge Road East will be changed to smooth traffic along the two roads before removing the traffic lights and replacing them with a roundabout layout. As Spen Hill’s highways consultants, Transport Planning Associates will manage the trial in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council. Signs along the road approaching the new layout are in place and will alert drivers to the roundabout layout and trial.

Extensive traffic data collection will be undertaken before, during and after the trial. Transport Planning Associates and Hertfordshire County Council will analyse the findings to assess the effectiveness of the new layout. Hertfordshire County Council can request that the traffic lights at the junction are reinstated at any time during the […]

New Appointments to TPA Board

We are delighted to announce that Peter Evans and Nathan Hanks have been appointed Directors of Transport Planning Associates.

Peter Evans has been with TPA since 2011 and is based in our Western Business Unit, with offices in Bristol and Cardiff. He has experience in both the public and private sectors having worked in local government as  Head of Highways and has held a number of senior consultancy roles. Peter works on behalf of some of the UK’s largest developers, retailers and property funds and specialises in unlocking strategic sites, providing transport planning solutions and Travel Plans, taking schemes from initial site concept and appraisal stages through to master planning and feasibility studies, planning applications, discharge of planning conditions/section 106 obligations, to the presentation of expert evidence to Public Enquiries.

Nathan Hanks has been with TPA since 2005 and is based in our London Business Unit, with offices in London and Welwyn Garden City. He has extensive experience working on residential, industrial and mixed use schemes across the UK and has worked on more than 500 schemes for retail clients to date.

We are also delighted to announce that Anthony Jones has been promoted from Principal Transport Planner to Associate. Anthony has been with us since 2006 and has over 10 years’ experience providing highway and transportation advice relating to the development planning process, transport implications of development proposals and highway infrastructure schemes, including housing, retail, education, leisure, health and sport developments.

Each of these appointments will further strengthen our management structure and we wish Peter, Nathan and Anthony every success in their new positions.

Transport Planning Associates turns 17!

Thursday 27th November is Transport Planning Associates’ 17th Birthday. Thanks to everyone who has joined us for the journey so far. Here’s to another successful 17 years.