Hydrock strengthens Cornwall team


Building on its existing engineering presence in Cornwall, Hydrock has welcomed two key transport specialists to its Camborne transportation team.

Ben Smith-Laing (associate) and Chris Hill (consultant) have joined Hydrock’s national transportation division from WSP in Truro.

Smith-Laing is a chartered transport planner with 18 years’ experience in transport planning. His role includes junction and strategic traffic modelling, along with preparing transport assessments, travel plans and highway layouts.

His most recent projects include the Stadium for Cornwall and Exeter Chiefs’ Sandy Park stadium.

Hill is both a member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and the Institute of Physics (IoP). He is a development planning and movement-modelling specialist, with a strong understanding of data analysis.

Hydrock’s national transportation director, James McKechnie, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Ben and Chris have joined our Camborne office – their arrival strengthens and enhances our multi-disciplinary Cornwall team which is approaching its 20th year in the county.

“Both Ben and Chris have been deeply involved with many of the transport strategies and key developments shaping Cornwall’s continued growth, and with securing inward-investment from Government for significant transport schemes across the region.”