Thames Tap is keen to introduce the team from mode transport planning which has joined us in a partnership to offer insight and analysis on transportation schemes for developments across the region.

The mode Reading team was established as a way to better serve clients in the Thames Valley and, of course, benefit from excellent transport links!

The team has set up in the Spaces co-working building in the centre of town and would welcome the opportunity to meet with anyone working in the planning and development sector.

Laura Fitzgerald, associate director with mode in Reading, said: “I’m really happy to be partnering with Thames Tap as a way to offer a new dimension of understanding to local business in the region.”

Chris Holdup, associate, said: “I see many positives in terms of the commitment and potential for major infrastructure in the region. Add this to the emerging, progressive policy initiatives, and I believe plan making for sustainable development is in a good position.”

mode has had notable success in the area and has been involved in many projects which have been reported in the Thames Tap. These include:

* Slough residential regeneration for Feltham Properties
* Upper Cufaude Farm, Basingstoke
* The Mullin Automotive Museum at Great Tew
* Ongoing involvement with the North West Bicester Eco-town
* Bicester Heritage  

Beyond this, the team is busy working on a variety of projects from strategic site allocations, residential, retail and commercial development. However, every development needs commercial transport advice and mode bridges the gap between developer and local planning authority.

Laura leads the Reading team, covering the Thames Valley and Southern England and thrives at the ‘sharp end’ of development-related transport planning and frequently assists clients with complex and challenging transport sites.

She is also involved in the development of mode’s SME graduate training scheme with the University of Reading and Santander Bank.

Laura added: “We’d like to wish all our friends, contacts and clients a Merry Christmas and we look forward to working with them in 2020.”

The team is growing and looking forward to some exciting new team additions in the coming weeks to join (l-r in photo) Laura, Chris, Mark, Cillian and Julia. 

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