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Curriculum Vitae

NAME: Ian Richard McKellen PARKER BSc
DATE OF BIRTH: 14th August 1947
EDUCATION: BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering, University of Wales, 1968
Diploma in Traffic Engineering, Portsmouth Polytechnic 1969
Chartered Engineer
Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers
Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport
PUBLICATIONS: ‘Traffic characteristics of an out-of-town shopping centre.’ Thesis Portsmouth Polytechnic 1969.

‘Aspects of Working in the Middle East.’ Civil Engineering 1979

‘Baghdad Comprehensive Transportation Study - Model Calibration and Modal Split’ : PTRC Summer Conference l983

‘Traffic Aspects of Major Retail Developments.’ PTRC Summer Conference 1985

Richard Parker is an independent consulting engineer specialising in the fields of traffic and highway engineering and transport-related infrastructure planning. He has over 30 years experience of traffic and transport projects, mostly derived whilst working as a consultant although his early experience was with local government.

Whilst practising as an independent Consultant he has been involved with many private sector developments which have required the preparation of transport impact assessments, preliminary highway layouts and negotiations with the Highway Authorities. He has given evidence at over 100 Planning and Highway Inquiries in the last 10 years.

He is a registered Expert Witness with the Law Society and has given expert evidence at a number of court hearings and Inquiries. He has presented a number of papers at professional meetings, and is a committee member (and former chairman) of the Transport Group of the Institution of Civil Engineers Southern Association.


1985 to date:         Independent Consulting Engineer.

Since setting up his own practice in 1985 he has been responsible for all traffic and highway aspects of numerous development projects in the following fields:


    Advice on over 200 residential sites throughout Southern England, most of which received planning permission and have now been built.. This advice has been to a number of national housebuilders (including Barratts, Westbury, Linden, Bellway, Cala, Wimpey, Croudace, Beazer, McAlpine, Laing Homes, Heron Prowting) and numerous local developers.

    The size of scheme involved varied from individual plots to over 400 units.

    Advice on developing many food, non-food and Garden Centre sites, individual developments and retail parks sites in Hampshire, Sussex, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Devon , Dorset, Cornwall, Somerset, Bristol, South Wales and London. The work has been undertaken for Safeway, Tesco, Asda, Co-op, Homebase, B&Q, Texas Homecare and many retail and commercial property companies.

    Advice on business parks, industrial estates , distribution parks, individual offices and factory sites. Redevelopment of commercial and industrial sites to alternative uses. Preparation of Green Travel Plans. New motorists facilities (both petrol filling stations and major service areas). Schemes have been throughout England and Wales stretching from Cornwall to Kent and from Isle of Wight to Yorkshire.

    Numerous leisure, recreational and hotel projects including new football stadia, yacht marinas, hotels, major tourist attractions (British Grand Prix at Silverstone; National Maritime Museum in Falmouth); pop concerts.

    Advice on many new or time-extended quarries, land-fill sites, waste transfer stations and recycling facilities. Wind farm projects. Many projects included the need to prepare an Environmental Statement. Justifying the time-extension of existing facilities. Projects ranges from Cornwall to Newcastle, Wales and Scotland.

    Advice associated with the development and re-development of a number of institutional facilities including , schools (primary, secondary and further education), hospitals, nursing homes, doctors surgeries, police headquarters, churches and meeting halls. Preparation of School Travel Plans and Green Travel Plans.
  • OTHER:

    Involved with various safety engineering, traffic management and traffic calming proposals. Including carrying out Safety Audits of schemes.

    Appeared for a number of clients in court on matters relating to compensation and litigation. Also given evidence in the Lands Tribunal on behalf of Union Rail (ie Channel Tunnel Rail Link) and other public bodies on matters relating to compensation subsequent to the compulsory acquisition of land.

1970 to 1985         Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick and Partners.

Rising from the grade of an Assistant Engineer to Principal Engineer in the Traffic and Transportation Planning Department. He was engaged on a number of major projects in the UK and overseas covering all aspects of transportation and highway appraisal. In later years he was in charge of a multi-disciplinary group engaged on a variety of public and private sector projects. These included:

  • Regional feasibility studies for the Department of Transport.
  • Rural trunk road schemes for the Department of Transport (including giving evidence at five Public Inquiries on their behalf).
  • A major regional shopping centre (1.1m sq.ft.) adjacent to the M25 west of London major expansion (2850 houses) of an Oxfordshire town.

1968 to 1970         County Borough of Bournemouth.

Assistance with a comprehensive public transport plan. Involved with the layout and planning of multi-storey car-parks and on-street parking schemes.

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