Our VALUES

The cornerstones of our business centre around our people and our clients.

COLLABORATE

We work collaboratively with our clients, listening to and understanding their needs.

CREATE

We encourage creativity and innovation to deliver the most cost effective and deliverable solutions.

DELIVER

We pride ourselves on delivering quality outputs and meeting client deadlines.

Our PEOPLE

Chris Baker-Pearce

Managing Director

Chris co-founded Ardent Consulting Engineers in 2005 and has worked as a Consultant within the Private and Public Development Sector for over 25 years.

His expertise includes providing detailed and strategic infrastructure planning, project management and civil engineering support to clients on a wide range of commercial and residential development projects.

Prior to founding Ardent, Chris was an Associate Director at Buchanan Consulting Engineers where he led the Infrastructure design and planning team in the London office.

Tony Foreman

Director

Tony co-founded Ardent Consulting Engineers in 2005.

He has over 30 years’ engineering experience in both the public and private sector, working on a wide range and scale of infrastructure projects. These have included major road and rail infrastructure schemes as well as large residential and commercial development projects.

Prior to co-founding Ardent Tony was an area manager for Waterman Aspen.

Matthew Last

Director

Matthew is a transport planner and traffic engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the planning, design and implementation of new transport infrastructure, specialising over the past 18 years in providing advice on new developments.

This includes the preparation of Transport Assessments/Statements and Travel Plans to support planning applications; derivation of trip attraction/generation; consideration of traffic impact, including junction capacity assessments; preparation of the Transportation chapters of Environmental Statements; preliminary design of accesses, highway improvements and internal layouts of new developments, including advice on car parking provision and servicing arrangements; negotiation of Section 106 Agreements; and the preparation and presentation of evidence as an expert witness at a number of Appeal Hearings and Public Inquiries.

Matthew is based in our London office.

Brian Cafferkey

Director

Brian is a drainage and flood risk management specialist with over 30 years’ experience within this sector, working on behalf of both public and private sector clients.

Brian has expertise in the feasibility, appraisal, design and implementation of flood alleviation schemes for surface water, fluvial and coastal flood sources as well as in the design of foul and surface water systems for development. Brian has also prepared and given evidence at several Appeal Hearings and Public Inquiries. 

Brian is based in our London office.

Stuart Byrne

Technical Director

Stuart has over 25 years’ experience in the Civil Engineering Industry, having worked for both a private residential developer and a global consultancy for a number of years, prior to joining Ardent in 2009.

Stuart has particular expertise in undertaking the detailed design of residential developments, including the production of drawing packages for tender, approval and construction stages of the project.

Through his extensive experience and knowledge, Stuart is able to provide wide ranging technical assistance to clients to determine workable and cost effective solutions.

Stuart is based in our Essex office.

Gareth Hardwick

Associate Director

Gareth has over 30 years’ experience in delivering both major infrastructure projects and multi-project programmes encouraging development led regeneration.

His career began in the private sector, in construction and evolved through engineering consultancy for both the public and private sector to include the client side of urban regeneration and the delivery of major development enabling infrastructure projects.

For the past 10 years Gareth has concentrated upon both the design and the construction of infrastructure for large scale residential developments including major s278 off site highway improvements and the strategic on-site highways and drainage.

Gareth is based in our London office.

Steve Burton

Associate Director

Steve has over 20 years’ experience working for engineering consultancy practices on a range of projects, primarily focusing on residential, commercial and retail developments.

Steve can provide advice relating to infrastructure planning and design matters including pre-purchase site appraisals, flood risk and drainage assessments and the detailed design of both Section 278 and 38 highway works.

Steve is based between our London and Ipswich office.

Simon Hall

Associate Director

Simon has over 14 years’ experience working for engineering consultancy practices on a range of development projects throughout the United Kingdom.

Simon supports Clients with a range of planning and design advice with the aims of achieving planning permissions, undertaking pre-purchase site appraisals and providing post planning support.

Over the last few years, Simon has specialised on assisting and achieving permissions for a number of large mixed-use developments in Greater London, being involved from initial site review up to the beginning of construction.

Simon is based in our London office.

Steve Field

Associate

Steve has over 20 years’ experience in the planning and design of transport infrastructure, specialising in the past nine years in advising on the transport aspects of planning new developments.

Steven can provide advice on transport planning and design matters at the pre-purchase stage; advise on scheme design and access, and parking provision; prepare Transport Assessments/Statements and Green Travel Plans to support planning applications; and negotiate legal agreements with planning and highway authorities.

Steve is based in our Essex office.

Lindsey Ions

Associate

Lindsey has over 14 years’ experience in flood risk management and drainage working for both the private and public sector.

She has worked on some of the largest fluvial and tidal flood alleviation schemes in the country and has an in depth knowledge of flood risk policy, flood risk planning policy and legislation and uses this knowledge to advise clients on flood risk and drainage aspects of developments. She has recently been appointed by DEFRA as an Independent Advisor on the Thames Regional Flood & Coastal Committee.

Lindsey is based in our London office.

Ben Brooks

Associate

Ben has over 15 years’ experience within infrastructure and highway design.

Ben specialises in drainage, flood risk, earthworks and highway design. Ben is able to manage and deliver schemes at all stages from providing pre-purchase advice, to producing planning documents, creating working drawing packages and through to supporting contractors on site.

Adrian Chambers

Associate

Adrian has over 15 years design experience within the public, private, leisure, residential and commercial sectors.

His experience includes; strategic / preliminary / detailed drainage design, earthworks, utilities, sewer adoptions S104 / diversions S185 / requisitions S98, sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) and highway design for Section 38 / 278 / Agreements.

Prior to joining Ardent Consulting Engineers in 2014, Adrian worked for a local authority, a housing developer, and structural and civil engineering consultancies. Adrian has worked on a number of urban regeneration schemes and flooding mitigation and drainage remediation projects across London and Crawley. He has also worked on a number of residential developments in London, Kent, Surrey, Essex, East and West Sussex, Hampshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

Adrian is based in our London office.

Kevin Markey

Associate

Kevin has over 10 years’ engineering consultancy experience working on a variety of residential, commercial, leisure and mixed-use schemes throughout the United Kingdom. Kevin’s experience includes all aspects of development proposals from pre-purchase through to submission of planning applications, post application negotiations and construction.

Kevin is based in our London office.

Ian Wharton

Associate

For the past 11 years, Ian has worked in Transport Planning, working for a range of clients, predominantly within the private sector.

Ian began his career in transport by mapping road networks for a satellite navigation company for two years until deciding to concentrate on the design and planning of roads and travel patterns instead.

His varied work since entering Transport Planning has included working for a number of the largest supermarket chains in the UK on new stores and expansion schemes, residential developments ranging from single units up to 2,000 homes, and the White Rose Carbon Capture Power Station project via the Development Consent Order (DCO) process. Ian is responsible for providing advice to clients from due diligence through to post-planning legal agreements. His core work involves the scoping and preparation of Transport Statements and Assessments, including input into Environmental Impact Assessments, and the preparation of Travel Plans.

Ian is based in our Billericay office.

Matthew Richmond

Principal Acoustic Consultant

Matthew has over 15 years’ of engineering consultancy experience and has been involved in acoustics for the last 10 years.

An Associate Member of The Institute of Acoustics and holder of their Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control, Matthew has helped dozens of Clients achieve planning permission for residential, commercial and industrial developments.

Matthew specialises in environmental noise and in particular providing assessments and advice in relation to the noise requirements of planning permission and associated conditions.

Matthew is based in our Ipswich office.

Awards & Affiliations