Transport

Wherever and however you travel in Britain, the chances are Lambert Smith Hampton is right there with you. From aviation to rail, to coach, bus and shipping, we are at the heart of the UK’s transport infrastructure.

Long-term client relationships

Our deep understanding of the sector has helped us build long-term relationships with transport operators, infrastructure owners, public authorities, engineering consultancies, tenants and private landlords.

Clients include: National Express Group, dnata, Virgin Atlantic, The Department for Transport, First Group, Stagecoach, East Coast, Abellio, Arriva, Menzies Aviation, Babcock International, DB Schenker, Thomsonfly, Network Rail, HS2 and Serco DLR.

Working across the service lifecycle

We have significant expertise in industry policy reform, rail franchising and corporate estate strategy. This is backed up by hands-on experience in optimising our clients’ operational property portfolios, together with planning, designing, delivering, managing and maintaining a wide range of customer focused facilities.

We work with our clients throughout their entire service lifecycle, providing high-level strategy through to full-scale management of services and many thousands of property assets.

Our services include property and asset management, lease advisory, valuation, building and project management, facilities management, rating, consultancy, acquisitions and disposals.

Our specialisms include building consultancy services, retail leasing and management consulting. Discover more

In addition to our core services around property and asset management, our specialisms include:

Management consulting

Our Management Consulting team puts our extensive knowledge of the transport property sector at your disposal. We can give you expert input for any kind of transport-related project from structuring a bid for new franchise to developing a business case for investing in new or improved facilities.

Recent transport consultancy projects include:

  • Advising on UK rail refranchising competitions
  • Providing strategic advice on the implications of new station lease and rail franchise structure 
  • Providing detailed and accurate revenue projections for individual projects and whole portfolios
  • Identifying potential sources of public or private funding – and supporting you to secure them
  • Advising on and undertaking contractual and statutory Conditions Change, Closure and Land Disposal applications
  • Developing property data systems, job tracking, marketing and management tools for disposal programmes
  • Advising on property aspects of airport improvement projects 

Learn about our consultancy approach and methodology

Project management and building consultancy

From station and depot redevelopment to individual improvement schemes, our specialist team can lead and manage key projects around your transport facilities. We provide comprehensive project management, project monitoring, cost consultancy and contract administration for:

  • New build bus maintenance facilities
  • New rail stations & depot facilities
  • Railway station refurbishments
  • Booking office and customer lounge schemes
  • Large scale Customer Information System schemes
  • Ticket machine, smartcard and help point installations
  • Automatic ticket gate installations
  • Demolition schemes
  • New car park schemes
  • Retail scheme developments

We also provide a broad range of building surveys, audits, assessments and reports to meet regulatory requirements, build the business case for new developments or monitor the performance of maintenance contractors.

Learn more about our building audits and assessment services

Retail

We are involved in over 1000 rail, coach and bus stations in the UK, optimising space utilisation and retail mix to maximise commercial returns and deliver improved customer facilities.

Our approach:

  • Portfolio review and benchmarking
  • Securing tenant and third party investment
  • Applying knowledge of dwell times, footfall and passenger flows to develop optimal retail solution
  • Integrated services including estate management, facilities management and project delivery
  • Stakeholder engagement and promoting community uses

While some see transport as a single category, we recognise that every sector and client has its own unique regulatory, operational and safety issues, and commercial objectives. Our experience in each transport sector gives us a level of expertise that others can’t match.

We combine our specialist skills with local knowledge to provide a service that complements your in-house team and drives performance across your asset portfolio.

Proven knowledge of every transport sector

As our track record proves, we have a substantial understanding of operational transport property, ranging from railway stations and airports to coach stations and ports.

  • Our national team was established in 1998 and has provided expert advice to the majority of rail operators
  • We have established client relationships across every major UK airport
  • We are the biggest provider of rating services to the ports industry in the UK, covering 56 statutory port areas
  • We are specialists in coach and bus facilities, recently project managing the redevelopment of Battersea Bus Station and advising on the new Birmingham Bus Station

An emphasis on skills and qualifications

Our dedicated team of transport property consultants, surveyors and project managers understand the health and safety requirements within each sector. We place a strong emphasis on training to keep qualifications current and ensure we are fully up-to-date with industry best practice.

Local support where it’s needed

With a network of established local offices, we are able to provide relevant support and advice wherever you need it – drawing on an understanding of local demographics and history.

A collaborative approach

We seek to ensure our approach complements yours, right down to aligning our contract and portfolio management to your targets and goals.

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Transport for Greater Manchester: Metrolink
  • A light rail rapid transit system for Greater Manchester
  • Over 400 properties acquired to facilitate construction
  • A major project involving multiple disciplines
  • Reducing costs and meeting strict timetable
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Our specialist transport services are complemented by a range of other property and asset management services across the business. Organisations in the transport sector can benefit from:

Energy & sustainability

With a sound understanding of sustainability requirements, we can help transport clients adopt more energy-efficient practices from construction through to operation, In particular, we can advise on the use of ‘eco’- construction technologies. Find out more about our sustainability services

Planning

Our planning services cover the full lifecycle from strategy and  policy, through planning appraisal, appeal and application advice. Find out more about our planning service

Rating

We provide rating services to many transport clients. For example, we offer an experienced rating service tailored to the specialist requirements of operators of statutory port areas. We’re the biggest provider of rating services to the ports industry in the UK. Find out more about our rating service...

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Jeff Robinson
Director, Transport Consultancy

020 7198 2110

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