Published on: 8 May 2018

Engineering, environment and design consultancy Sweco UK has strengthened its transportation offering with five new senior hires, who bring nearly 100 years’ combined experience in transport economics, design and sustainability.

Sweco’s transport team has grown substantially over the past 12 months, securing a number of new road infrastructure contracts through its appointment to the Highways England Collaborative Delivery Framework (CDF). These include schemes in the South of England, including the A47 and A303, and the smart motorway projects on the M3 and M27.

Clare Anderson joins the London office as operations director to develop Sweco’s transportation infrastructure offering across the East and South East region. She has more than 23 years’ experience in senior roles including operations director for AECOM Highways business and commercial director at Arup for its HS2 Phase 1 project.

Saumil Patel, a transport economist with more than 14 years’ experience working for both Atkins and Jacobs, has joined the business as technical director. He will be responsible for developing Sweco’s wider economic impact team to support a variety of public and private sector transport projects currently in the business pipeline, including the Highways England A47 Road Investment Strategy.

Dermot Hanney has also joined as principal transport planner to expand Sweco’s offering within public transport, active travel, and Platform Train Interface pedestrian planning. He joins from Jacobs, and has more than ten years’ experience designing integrated urban transport networks, which includes the development of the London Cycle Map used by Route Plan Roll.

In Manchester, John Cunningham has been appointed as operations director to grow the transportation business in the North West. He previously worked for large contractors including Laing O’Rourke, Morgan Sindall and Carillion, on major projects including Manchester Metrolink, and the M60 smart motorway and A1 Barton to Leeming upgrades. In his previous role John was responsible for design management within Carillion and will be looking to embed some of these key principles within Sweco.

Peter Clay has joined the Bristol office as technical manager with over 28 years’ experience in bridge engineering. He previously established and developed Arcadis’ rail structures team and will help Sweco expand its presence within the rail sector nationwide.

John Owens, director of transport at Sweco, said: “Providing integrated, sustainable transport networks will be essential to the future of our urban areas. The size and complexity of the UK’s cities brings numerous opportunities to introduce innovative travel methods and we want to ensure we have the best team in place to help support this.

“These strategic hires strengthen our national offering in multi-modal planning and transport design for both highways and rail, bringing new insight into sustainability and the economic impact of our projects. It’s our latest investment in expertise, as we look to build all of our teams to help take advantage of the multidisciplinary opportunities on offer across the country.”

Sweco consults on major projects nationwide via its network of 15 regional offices, with recent work including the Queensferry Crossing and the Bloomberg headquarters in London, the world’s most sustainable building.