We are delighted to announce the launch of a national Nexus Infrastructure Planning team to support what it considers to be a major growth sector. The team will be headed up by Andrew Walters, a newly appointed Director of Infrastructure Planning, who joins from GL Hearn / Capita. With over 25 years’ experience, Andrew will build on the consultancy’s existing infrastructure and energy expertise.
Andrew is a chartered town planner and environmental lawyer who brings a wealth of practical insights and experiences in a diverse range of major infrastructure projects across the UK. He is an industry lead on consent management for large-scale developments projects, including multiple road, light and heavy rail, bridge, airport expansion, town centre renewal, area regeneration, low carbon energy and waste projects.
Over the last 25 years, Andrew’s roles have combined strong commercial awareness with clear insight and strategic leadership, as well as addressing the challenges for sustainable growth. These particular skills are reflective in Andrew’s appointment as Board Member of the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, as well as his enduring interest in the promotion of zero carbon energy mix as a well-established Member of the UK Government’s Committee on Radioactive Waste Management.
We have had long-standing ambitions to further develop its energy and infrastructure capability across the business’s main offices in London, Manchester and Reading. Andrew’s appointment reflects the growing demand for expert consultancy services in this fast-growing sector.
Previous successful projects include co-ordinating the application for a 150 MW biomass plant – one of the largest biomass renewable energy plants in the UK; obtaining planning permission for a number of small-scale electricity generators across the UK; and co-ordinating an Appeal against the refusal of planning consent for a 500kW wind turbine to provide 400 households with renewable electricity – to name a few.
Andrew Walters comments: “It’s a pleasure to join the dynamic team at Nexus Planning, and I’m keen to hit the ground running. In this leadership role, I’ll be seeking to bring key insights into energy and transport in a post-pandemic world. I plan to implement a strategy centred on the route towards a green and just recovery from the pandemic, by raising questions on how far our municipal authorities can go in promotion of radical thinking in urban policy.”
Roger Tustain, Managing Director says: “As an aspirational young business, we have, for some time, identified the potential opportunities in major infrastructure planning to augment our current planning consultancy services. With the government’s commitments to significant infrastructure growth, and the renewed emphasis on sustainable energy, we are absolutely delighted to welcome Andrew, a high calibre and respected professional, to our growing team. His role will be to lead and grow this specialist service with the support of our existing expert professional services in Town Planning, Research and Analytics and Environmental Impact Assessment.”