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3 July, 2019 - 18:01 By Jamie Quested

New Cambridge base for Canadian-owned consultancy

Simon Darch, director, Peter Brett Associates in Cambridge

Peter Brett Associates, which was acquired by Canadian-owned Stantec last year, has moved into new premises at 50/60 Station Road, Cambridge.

PBA is a consultancy of engineers, planners, environmental consultants and economists working on large-scale development and infrastructure projects. The company is at the heart of an initiative aiming to shape and develop the Oxford to Cambridge corridor. PBA  has 750 employees across 13 offices in the UK and three in central Europe. 

Stantec has over 22,000 team members worldwide, with over 1,000 professional services staff based around the UK. In the UK, Stantec is the market leader in the water infrastructure sector – it also has a presence in energy and environmental services and a niche health and education architecture business based in London.

Stantec president and CEO Gord Johnston said: “Regionally, the project landscape is promising with the UK government’s policy to build 300,000 new homes per year, a five-year program to invest £4.4 billion in new and refurbished schools, a robust university upgrading initiative, and a major national investment program in UK infrastructure. 

“These programs, paired with the existing role PBA is playing in projects like High Speed 2 and Crossrail 2, position us well for continued growth together.”

Simon Darch, PBA director for Cambridge, added: “We’ve always been committed to building communities and in Cambridge we have a long history of working to develop and improve the local area. 

“Over the years, the team here has developed strong relationships with local businesses and organisations and this move will put us in the ideal place to build on these connections so we can continue to support the community that we’re part of.”

The Cambridge team has been involved in several high-profile projects including Center Parcs Woburn Forest and Longford Forest, Waterbeach, Luton’s Power Court and Jesus College.

In June, PBA helped UK Regeneration secure outline planning permission for the development of the Land East of Biggleswade in Central Bedfordshire.

The 106-hectare site will deliver up to 1,500 homes as part of a high quality, mixed-use development that will help meet local housing and social infrastructure needs. The development will provide education, commercial and community facilities, as well as open space that will include allotments and a country park.

The Land East of Biggleswade also forms part of the wider ‘Growth Point 3’, a location identified for future growth in Central Bedfordshire with the potential to accommodate up to 6,600 homes.

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