Paul Buchanan: should we centralise employment growth?

Cardiff BayVolterra partner Paul Buchanan recently spoke at an infrastructure seminar in Cardiff organised by the Transport Statistics Users Group. Paul suggested that Cardiff should concentrate in the short term on using planning and other policies to focus its employment growth in the city centre. Research has shown that economies benefit when employment is concentrated in central locations, improving workers’ productivity.  As employment grows, more transport infrastructure will be required, but in the short term productivity can be improved through much lower cost policy initiatives. Paul drew on his experience with London’s Crossrail, which secured funding by demonstrating the economic gains derived from additional transport capacity enabling additional growth in central London. Read more about Paul’s contribution to the seminar in Wales Online and the Surveyor magazine.

Image: Cardiff Bay by Ben Salter licensed under CC BY 2.0

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ELLIE EVANS

Partner

e: eevans@volterra.co.uk
t: +44 020 8878 6333

Ellie is a partner at Volterra, specialising in the economic impact of developments and proposals, and manages many of the company’s projects on economic impact, regeneration, transport and development.

With thirteen years experience at Volterra delivering high quality projects to clients across the public and private sector, Ellie has expertise in developing methods of estimating economic impact where complex issues exist with regards to deadweight, displacement and additionality.

Ellie has significant experience in estimating the economic impact across all types of property development including residential, leisure, office and mixed use schemes.

Project management of recent high profile schemes include the luxury hotel London Peninsula, Battersea Power Station and the Nova scheme at London Victoria. Ellie has also led studies across the country estimating the economic and regeneration impact of proposed transport investments, including studies on HS2 and Crossrail.

Ellie holds a degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Cambridge.