FUTRAN Appointed to Landscape Design Support for Highways England

FUTRAN, a Joint Venture comprising of Pell Frischmann, Arcadis and TRL, is delighted to announce its appointment to provide landscape design support for Highways England.

After the Joint Venture was announced in August this year, this task is the first through the Specialist, Professional and Technical Services framework (SPaTS2).

This task involves our experts collaborating to write the guidance for Highways England on Landscape Design for Roads, furthering the new Design Manual for Roads and Bridges requirements and the Principles of Good Road Design.

Elements of the task involve the team reviewing and updating the Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works, as well as creating a landscape metric to assist providing better asset knowledge of the road landscape’s condition.

Henry Penner, Landscape Advisor for Highways England, commented: “The supplementary guidance document to DMRB LD 117 supports our commitment to promoting better road design. We will be working with our stakeholders and the UK Devolved Administrations to achieve this and deliver the protection and enhancement of the natural environment and biodiversity along our roads”.

Joe Burns, FUTRAN Lead for Pell Frischmann, said: “We are delighted to have secured our first task under this new specialist framework. The breadth and depth of expertise and the collaborative delivery approach that we bring has ensured that FUTRAN is highly valued by Highways England. We look forward to working together to deliver this and many future tasks for them”.

FUTRAN provides a one-stop shop of engineering advice, consultancy, and research knowledge for Highways England and the Department for Transport.


The FUTRAN Team and Highways England will continue to follow safeguarding measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Pell Frischmann looks forward to working with our client and partners to provide a safe, sustainable, maintainable, and effective network.

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