Richard has over 30 years’ experience in land development and natural resource management. He joined Peter Brett Associates in 1987 and leads the geotechnical and contaminated land area of the Practice. Richard passionately believes that clients’ interests are best served by combining these areas of expertise within one team, as the constraints and opportunities presented by the two areas need to be considered holistically in order to provide best value. This avoids the need for multiple ground investigations and assessments, saving costs and reducing delays to projects.
Richard has extensive involvement in a wide range of projects, encompassing residential, commercial, retail, leisure and industrial developments, and infrastructure projects including roads, rail, rivers, dams and utilities, as well as quarries, mines and landfills. These projects also include earthworks, slope stability, foundations, groundwater resources and drainage and the delivery of remedial strategies, waste minimisation and reuse as part of both the planning process and final construction validation.
Richard has acted as an expert witness in a variety of geotechnical and contaminated land legal disputes and planning enquires. He has also lectured to the Environment Agency, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Geological Society and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.