Matthew Downham

I am a Graduate Transport Planner working within the Transport Team. I started at DHA in June 2018 having applied for the role a couple of months prior. I have previously worked for WSP UK within their Land Referencing team on major infrastructure projects including the Heathrow Expansion, Crossrail 2, HS2 and the Lake Lothing Third Crossing. Prior to this I graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2015 with a BSc (Hons) in Geography.Matthew Downham

Working Day

My primary role is to assist senior members within the transport team. For the most part this consists of the preparation of Transport Assessments, Transport Statements, Feasibility Studies and Technical Notes. Alongside report writing, traffic modelling and site visits, this role requires constant communication with clients, Local Planning Authorities and other technical consultants to formulate solutions to transport issues pertaining to various development proposals.

Best Thing About Your Role

In the year that I have been at DHA, I have been fortunate enough to work on a wide range of projects of varying size and nature. Whilst a large proportion of my work is based in the residential sector, I have also worked on several proposals for schools, retail facilities, sports pitches, a logistics centre, a plant hire yard and a medical centre. The wide range of work I have been a part of thus far has not only ensured that my role is genuinely interesting but also means that I am developing a broad skillset on which to establish a career in the transport planning sector.

Outside of Work

Open water swimming has taken up much of free time over the last few months, with a view to competing the Great North Swim on Lake Windermere in June 2020. Outside of this I also enjoy cycling, hill walking and playing the guitar (badly).

Career Development at DHA

One of the main advantages of working at DHA is working directly with such a wide range of highly experienced people. Not only do I have the benefit of several decades of transport planning experience around me in the transport department, the same can also be said of DHA’s Planning, Design, Environment and Infrastructure departments. These individuals are all only a short walk across the office and are free to discuss any issues as and when they arise, which in my view is one of the key benefits of working for a small sized company such as DHA.

Alongside this, DHA run regular CPD sessions, both directly and indirectly related to our day to day transport planning work, providing invaluable opportunities to gain an appreciation for the broader planning process.