News: 27 September 2019Strong growth for Cambridge sees three new recruits join business

Our Cambridge office which advises clients across the south east and east of England has seen a 43% growth in business over the last year, and is set to get even bigger with the appointment of three new team members.

The regional office’s growth follows on from an increasing portfolio of major developments with a mix of new urban settlements, industrial and logistics and infrastructure proposals across the region.

The team is currently acting on 24,000 new homes and 9,000,000 sq. ft of employment floor space. It is also advising on significant proposals for the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, a major regeneration scheme in Queensway, Southend, and maintains its ongoing advisory role to Norwich Airport to facilitate its future development proposals.

Our Cambridge-based Heritage team has recently helped secure permission for a £64 million transformation of Copperas Hill into a vibrant new student destination and the Aldham Robarts Library for Liverpool John Moores University. The team has successfully delivered projects at a former monastic precinct in Lincolnshire and the Grade II listed Hendon Hall in North London.

To manage the growth, three new team members, Planning Associates, Melissa Reynolds and Lisa Hall, as well as, Senior Planner, Andrew Winter, have been recruited to the Practice.

Melissa Reynolds has worked on a number of significant schemes in the region. This includes two large-scale major planning applications for mixed use schemes to extend Ely as well as working at South Cambridgeshire Council where she project managed the pre-application submission for the urban extension near Cambridge Airport.

Lisa Hall joins from Bidwells in Cambridge where she co-led the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) team and led on EIA projects for a number of national clients. She is a Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI) and Practitioner Member of IEMA.

Meanwhile, Andrew Winter, worked at South Cambridgeshire District Council where he was lead officer on the new town at Waterbeach, a 10,000-home site located north of Cambridge.

Gareth Wilson, Partner at Barton Willmore in Cambridge, said: “The continued growth of our Cambridge office highlights the strength and effectiveness of Barton Willmore and our talented team of planners to unlock opportunities in this exciting part of the country.”

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