James McKechnie

Transportation Director

James leads Hydrock’s national Transportation team. He is responsible for a wide range of transport planning projects across the UK on a variety of schemes including large urban extensions. He has grown development planning teams in two leading consultancies, as well as having worked within the public sector both directly and as a consultant. He is highly regarded within the industry, having won a National Transport Award as well as being shortlisted with Hydrock for Best Professional Firm in the Michelmores Property Awards and the New Civil Engineer Best Companies Awards. He is commonly appointed to unlock ‘stalled’ sites, or to seek solutions on projects which others have not been able to progress due to design, policy, land ownership or viability issues.

James represents the Transportation Development Planning sector on Highways England’s national liaison panel. James is also a regional committee member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation; he has recently advised on the Institution’s responses to Government on changes to the planning system. He is well respected for his expert-witness work, usually at planning and CPO Inquiries, and enjoys strong links with leading planning barristers.

James is at the forefront of Hydrock’s ‘designing for the future’ cross-discipline initiative and our thought-leadership work in relation to placemaking initiatives such as the recent Taunton Garden Town design charrette with RIBA, Somerset West and Taunton Council and Arts Taunton. James’ work includes technical leadership on the Tiverton Eastern Urban Extension Masterplan, Cullompton Town Centre Masterplan, Yeovil Refresh, Cranbrook/Sherford (for Highways England), and town centre masterplan/studies in Dartmouth, Paignton, Torquay and Exmouth.

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