Top 10 most active consultants on the Top 100 schemes

Working on 15 projects of the 100 projects listed in this report, Savills is easily the most active consultant in the listing.

Savills acted as lead planning consultant on the Coed Darcy scheme in Wales
Savills acted as lead planning consultant on the Coed Darcy scheme in Wales

And by and large, these are not small projects. Savills is one of five planning consultancies currently working on the Olympic Park, alongside the fourth most active in the top 100, RPS.

The company is particularly well represented in Wales, acting as the lead planning consultant on developer St Modwen's Baglan Bay and Transit and Coed Darcy projects, as well as the local authority-led project The Works in Ebbw Vale. Savills is also working on a broad range of projects from social housing renewal on the Stockwell Park project to largely private Bath Western Riverside development.

Of course, no company in the built environment sector has been immune to the malign economic situation that has pervaded the industry for the past three years. Roger Hepher, Savills' head of regeneration and planning, estimates that the company's planning department has shrunk by 15 per cent since its 2008 peak, but says that he thinks the company has weathered the recession well. "We've managed to get our heads above water pretty well," he says. "It's been quite challenging - but the planning department is broadly based. We're not overly dependent on any one client or any one sector. That has proved to be a real strength during the recession."

While a commercially minded company is rarely going to turn down work, Hepher says that he prefers to work on projects where his team will be able to see a project through to completion. "We're most attracted to things where we feel there is a good chance of being able to deliver," he says. "We want to be involved in things on which we can bring different strands of expertise together as a project unfolds."

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