Arcadis acquires UK town planning practice

  • Brooke Smith Planning to strengthen Arcadis’ town planning and development capabilities
  • Louise Brooke-Smith to lead national town planning offer and head social value for Arcadis

Arcadis has further grown its planning and development presence by acquiring one of the UK’s leading independent planning and development practices.

From today, Birmingham-based Brooke Smith Planning, led by former-RICS Global President Louise Brooke-Smith, becomes part of Arcadis, adding to the business’ leading positon in built and natural asset design and consultancy.

Established in 1994, Brooke Smith Planning brings over two decades of experience and knowledge in the housing, commercial and public sectors to Arcadis’ existing planning offer.

The expanded team will operate across the breadth of Arcadis markets, guiding clients in assessing the development potential of their landed assets, national policy and local plan making.

They will also help clients navigate the complexities of the planning and development management process, appeals, high court action and judicial reviews.

Louise Brooke-Smith will lead the planning capabilities across the UK as well as head up the Arcadis social value client offering.

This newly-created service will look at how businesses across the country can further improve quality of life for their clients, their people and the communities they serve.

Simon Marks, City Executive for Birmingham at Arcadis, said:

“This is a really significant move for Arcadis here in the UK. Adding the expertise and vast experience of such a well-respected town planning consultancy to our existing offering is good news for our clients and our business.

Having worked on some of the most complex and important town planning projects the country has seen in recent times means our clients are set to benefit from a genuinely first class team.”

Louise Brooke-Smith, newly appointed UK Head of Town Planning and Head of Social Value, commented:

“The devolution agenda, and all that it brings with it, has only increased the need for the very best when it comes to land use planning and development advice.

Joining Arcadis at this key time means that we are able to offer the very best to both the nation’s businesses and the communities they serve.

Moving across in the additional capacity of leading the firm’s social value capabilities is a clear signal of intent that Arcadis sees improving communities as a core area of work.

Given the appetite and clear business case for inclusivity, the speed of change across construction, the impact of ‘big data’ and social needs in terms of housing and infrastructure, this will be central to the future of the built environment sector.”

Alan Brookes, CEO of Arcadis UK, added:

“Social value is an increasingly important part of our ongoing three-year plan, in terms of our staff, our clients and the communities they work with.

We are excited to be welcoming Louise to add to our existing work in this arena, and will be explaining more about our strategy over the coming months.”

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