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Thursday, 13th October 2016

Temple Group commits to the North with its new office in Manchester

Press release – 13th October 2016 

Temple, a leading property and infrastructure consultancy, is set to open an office in Manchester at the end of October 2016. The new office will be shared with its sister company The Ecology Consultancy and the regional expansion forms part of Temple’s 2020 growth strategy.

A focus on major regeneration and infrastructure projects

Post-Brexit the impetus around the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ has not diminished, with The Northern Powerhouse Partnership launched recently specifically to maintain momentum. Infrastructure is fundamental to the region’s success, which is why there has already been a strong initial focus on transport investment including the establishment of Transport for the North and an emphasis on Transpennine connectivity. The Northern Independent Economic Review published in June 2016, commissioned by Transport for the North, found that the North of England has the potential to add £97 billion and 850,000 more jobs to the UK by 2050.

Temple is well placed to work with clients to pinpoint the tangible opportunities and reduce risks associated with upcoming projects, drawing on 20 years of applying its expertise in the UK. For example, a team led by Temple was commissioned by HS2 Ltd earlier this year to undertake sustainability analysis of high speed corridor options as part of the Northern Powerhouse Rail programme. Similarly our property and regeneration work includes some of the most complex sites, including Barking Riverside, where we delivered the Environmental Impact Assessment for the UK’s largest development site on former industrial land. For Meridian Water, Temple developed an innovative regeneration framework to establish a more vibrant, connected community with associated green infrastructure in one of the most deprived areas in London.

The right balance of expertise for the job

Leading the launch of the new office will be Associate Director, Peter Cole, who has been with Temple for four years and will now be based in Manchester permanently. Peter comes into this position with a wealth of experience in both major infrastructure and property schemes, with a particular focus on delivering robust Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), utilising his strong environmental planning and project management skills. Peter has spent time both within local authority as the EIA Planning Officer for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and also working for a leading national architect, and is therefore perfectly placed to help prospective clients gain the most from the interface between environmental specialists, design teams and council planning departments.

Dr Sarah Cox has recently joined The Ecology Consultancy and will support Peter, as well as establishing an office in Wakefield later in the year. Together Temple and The Ecology Consultancy will continue to develop an enhanced service offering for clients across the North.

Commenting on the launch, Temple’s Managing Director Chris Fry said “As a fast growing UK owned consultancy we are really pleased to be able to grow a team in the city at such an important time. I guess you could say we are part of the growing trend of ‘northshoring’ – but more importantly I am sure that it will bring us opportunities to collaborate with different organisations and bring in talented individuals from across Greater Manchester”.

Peter commented “I’m really excited about both the transport infrastructure and property development scene in Greater Manchester and across the Northern Powerhouse at the moment. Manchester is a wonderful city and I look forward to bringing our specialist noise, air quality and ecology services, and Temple’s bespoke style of environmental planning, where we look to form a partnership with the client and act as a trusted advisor and representative on all environmental
matters”.

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Notes to editors:

Temple is one of the UK’s leading independent infrastructure and property consultancies, specialising in environment, planning and sustainability. We have a proven track record in both undertaking Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and reviewing Environmental Statements (ES). We provide a range of specialist acoustics and air quality services; these cover all stages of the project life cycle, from initial desktop studies to expert witness support at a public inquiry. Our services are being deployed on high profile schemes such as Crossrail, HS2, Barking Riverside regeneration and on numerous smaller projects. To find out more about Temple, see www.templegroup.co.uk.

The Ecology Consultancy is an industry leading UK based ecology consultancy that has provided advice on wildlife and development issues to a wide range of clients in all sectors since its establishment in 1999. With offices in London, Norfolk, Sussex, Midlands and Scotland, The Ecology Consultancy provides ecology services to much of the UK. Its work has involved numerous large scale infrastructure and development projects such as High Speed 2, Crossrail, and the London Gateway for DP World. Services include ecological surveys and impact assessments for small residential developments to large infrastructure projects working closely with the construction and civil engineering industries on BREEAM, CfSH & CEEQUAL assessments in addition to providing protected species assessments and mitigation. To find out more about The Ecology Consultancy, see www.ecologyconsultancy.co.uk.

If you require further information please contact Genevieve Oller, Marketing Manager, on 0207 394 3700 or genevieve.oller@templegroup.co.uk.