Transport consultancy ITP joins Dutch engineering firm RHDHV

23 October 2020 2 min. read
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Milton Keynes based transport consultancy ITP has joined Royal HaskoningDHV, an international engineering consulting company. 

“We are excited to join forces with Royal HaskoningDHV, to further our transport planning offering,” said ITP Colin Brader, who quit Atkins 22 years ago to set up the firm. He was having great experiences at Atkins but wanted to build a consultancy that “aligned with his philosophical approach of viewing transport from a user perspective.” 

Jon Parker, a colleague of Brader’s at Atkins who joined ITP in its first year, becoming a Director in 2003, added: “This merger will bring together our Dutch and British experience in transport and enable us to better serve our clients and communities with a relentless focus on achieving more sustainable travel outcomes for society.” 

Transport consultancy ITP joins Dutch engineering firm RHDHV

Established in 1998, ITP is an award-winning UK transport planning and research consultancy, with a focus on sustainable solutions. The firm’s 40-strong team works for both the public and private sector – this includes government departments, international transport operators and regeneration agencies, as well as local authorities and passenger transport executives (PTE's). 

Erik Oostwegel, the CEO of Royal HaskoningDHV, said that he is delighted with the deal, stating: “ ITP’s strong track record in sustainable transport planning consultancy is being combined with our complementary expertise in active travel, smart mobility, development planning and engineering. The result is a team with the strengths and capabilities needed to address 21st century mobility challenges.” 

Among the challenges Oostwegel is referring to are; an exponential growth in transport demand due to populations growth, a drive towards more sustainable transport modes, a mobility ecosystem that is changing on the whole, the emergence of echnology-driven solutions, and more.

“Shaping the sustainable transport networks of tomorrow, and keeping our cities accessible without compromising residents’ quality of life requires fresh thinking – from strategic consultancy and digital services to technical engineering. By working together, ITP and Royal HaskoningDHV are well-placed to meet this demand.”

For Royal HaskoningDHV, the deal is its third in the United Kingdom in the past 24 months. Last year the engineering consultancy acquired Ambiental (a specialist in digital flood-related services) and Lanner (a software and consultancy firm). 

Globally, Royal HaskoningDHV has around 6,000 professionals operating from over 20 offices.