Colin James made the move last month


Atkins has pinched WYG’s director for urban design to bolster its own masterplanning team.

Colin James, who became Atkins’ technical director for masterplanning last month, spent six years at WYG after a five-year stint at LDA Design.

James’ previous work includes the Baldock masterplan for Hertfordshire county council, a scheme centred around a new railway station that will deliver more than 2,000 homes.

He also led the Brookfield Garden Village masterplan for Broxbourne council, also in Hertfordshire.

Atkins’ masterplanning work in the UK includes work at Leeds station to link local and national services with HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail.

Last week WYG announced that it was set to be bought by US firm Tetra Tech for £43m.