In addition to individual specialisations, all of our team have undergone training in preparation and presentation of evidence at Oral Hearings and most have extensive experience of this – as well as negotiations with An Bord Pleanála for SID projects. All are active members of their relevant professional institutes and are also involved in third level education and research on their topics.
On a case-by-case basis, our in-house professional staff are augmented by retaining external specialists in areas such as building conservation, archaeology, planning and environmental law, ecology, landscape and building design. Through regular contact we can engage these specialists quickly and brief them efficiently. This ensures that we can draw on the skills and expertise of leading practitioners in a time and cost effective manner.
Conor Skehan, BSc, MLArch, our Director, has an unparalleled range of international and Irish experience. With a background in architecture and landscape Architecture, he is a recognised authority on strategic planning, landscape management, visual impact assessment and Environmental Impact Assessment. He has written a number of seminal guidelines in these areas and maintained a position as a leading academic in planning and impact assessment for over twenty years. He is also an advisor to the UN on SEA.