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David Baber

Director – David Baber,

David is a Director of Matrix Transport and Infrastructure with responsibility for both the Bristol and Sheffield offices.

David is an accomplished and enthusiastic senior professional with over 24 years experience of land development and the delivery of complicated and demanding development and infrastructure projects. Particular expertise in development planning, supporting technical inputs on planning applications and advising clients on scheme development from a transport, highways and infrastructure perspective.

David has an experienced understanding of the commercial drivers, planning process, political process, and infrastructure requirements for promoting and delivering successful land development projects. Experience includes a variety of development land uses and infrastructure inputs to regeneration studies, strategic development frameworks and master planning of a range of mixed use development sites.

Recent projects David has worked on include:

Weston–Super-Mare Town Centre Regeneration Strategy: Contributed significantly as part of a wider team, to develop a masterplan to provide the urban design context and an action plan framework to support the Delivery Plan to transform Weston town centre.

HCA / North Somerset Council – W-s-M Key Town Centre Gateway Sites: Provided key highways and infrastructure support to bring forward detailed masterplans for delivering the key gateway sites and developed the design of the highway and public realm proposals linking the railway station to a key development site adjacent to the Town Hall.

Bristol City FC – Ashton Gate Stadium Re-Development: Directly responsible for providing transport and highway engineering support in relation to a successful planning application for an increase of the existing stadium capacity to 27,000 and provision of extensive conferencing and leisure uses.

 

Fishpool Hill, Filton, Bristol: Negotiated a positive planning outcome of the highway/transport aspects for this 1200 unit residential development in North Bristol. The project involved extensive liaison and negotiation with highway authorities, South Gloucestershire Council, Bristol City Council and Highways England. Successfully managed detailed negotiations on S106 and contributions for a comprehensive transport mitigation package.

Mark Ralph

Associate Director – Mark Ralph,

Mark has 22 years’ experience in the fields of Civil, Traffic and Highways Engineering, including senior project management roles and supervision expertise in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Matrix, Mark spent 12 years as the director of Traffic Solutions Ltd, a small multi-disciplinary consultancy working with various clients from design, management and supervision to construction and installation of highway projects.

Mark has experience working in a wide variety of locations, including Trinidad & Tobago, Saudi Arabia, the United States and the UK. He has supervised a variety of construction projects ranging in budget from £5000 to £1.5 million. Mark is adept at managing projects and meeting clients’ needs by maximising profits.

Over the course of his career in Infrastructure, Mark has worked on projects including:

Heathrow Airport Terminal 5: After the much-publicised baggage loss scenario, Mark was asked to help provide a solution to the situation. Using his logistics and traffic signal experience, Mark successfully designed and installed a traffic control system to help baggage trains reach their destination efficiently.

Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Port of Spain, Trinidad: Mark was asked how to improve traffic flows along the east coast highway from the country’s main airport into the capital. Mark put together a team of expert suppliers and programmers, and created a traffic network system which included intelligent data gathering and analysing.

In addition to his wide-ranging industry experience, Mark is also known for his social media expertise and as a former guest presenter on the BBC’s Dom’s on the Case alongside Dominic Littlewood.

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Associate Director – Daniel Moran,

Daniel is the lead of our northern office, which is based in Sheffield.  Daniel has over 15 years of experience working as a transport planner in the industry delivering projects across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, the North East and the Midlands in a wide range of sectors for private and public sector clients.

For a large part of his Career, Daniel was part of a team advising the Highways Agency (now Highways England) on the capacity and safety implications of land use proposals and liaising with Local Authorities as part of the Local Development Framework / Local Plan process on matters affecting the Strategic Road Network.

Since opening the office in December 2014, workloads have been growing steadily, from a range of clients across many sectors, with healthcare, residential and mixed-use regeneration schemes being particular specialisms.

Some recent projects Daniel has worked on:

NHS In-Patient Facility, York

Assisted Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust in successfully securing planning permission for a new mental health hospital in York, including the preparation of a Transport Assessment that included a robust parking strategy and a BREEAM-consistent Travel Plan.

Former RAF Base, Kirton-in-Lindsey

Part of a team providing specialist advice for the redevelopment of the site, which consists of three individual areas, the existing airfield, hangars and former barracks.  Daniel prepared a Transport Assessment, a Travel Plan and provided layout advice for the re-development of the barracks for a 320 dwelling residential scheme and prepared various Transport Statements for the change of use of the hangars for commercial purposes.

Mixed Use Student Residential Development, Hollis Croft, Sheffield

A key city centre regeneration scheme of the former Footprint works in the St Vincent Quarter of Sheffield city centre, comprising 1,000 bed student accommodation and associated uses.  Part of a multi-disciplinary team identifying a scheme that is accessible for all users, including a comprehensive disabled parking, servicing and fire strategy, which was challenging due to the site being located on a steep incline, with relatively narrow access roads.

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