Metro contract win for Ward Hadaway | 20 February 09

LEADING North law firm Ward Hadaway has won a three-year deal to advise Tyne and Wear Metro on a raft of property and planning work.

Andrew Lynch of Metro and Neil Robson of Ward Hadaway

On track – (from left) Andrew Lynch, Metro Business Manager (Non-Fare), with Neil Robson, head of property and planning at Ward Hadaway, which has won a three-year deal to advise Tyne and Wear Metro on property and planning work.

The firm was chosen by Metro following a hotly-contested competitive tender process.

Ward Hadaway will now act on behalf of the transport operator on a wide range of matters over the next three years, as Nexus begins to invest £300m in Metro reinvigoration.

The firm will advise on issues including the grant of new leases on the 60-station Metro network, lease renewals, change of use applications and a variety of other general property and planning matters.

Ward Hadaway has been advising Metro on its property matters for more than seven years and this reappointment represents a vote of confidence in the firm’s quality and service delivery.

Neil Robson, partner and head of property and planning at Ward Hadaway, said: “We are delighted that Metro has again chosen us to advise them on their property matters.

“This represents a ringing endorsement of the work which we have been carrying out for Metro for the past seven years and more.

“Metro is one of the crown jewels in the North-East’s transport system and a vital part of everyday life for thousands of people in the region so to be able to play a part in its continuing success is a real privilege for Ward Hadaway.”

Mick Carbro, Director of Metro, said: “Ward Hadaway’s appointment followed a very competitive tender process and was reinforced as a result of the excellent standards of service and expertise demonstrated by the firm over recent years.

“On behalf of Metro, I congratulate Ward Hadaway on the appointment and look forward to working with the firm’s excellent team on meeting the challenges of the next three years.”

As well as advising on general property matters over the past three years, Ward Hadaway has also helped Nexus which owns, manages and is modernising Metro on major capital projects, most recently on the multi-million pound revamp of the Haymarket Metro station in Newcastle city centre.

This £20m programme is transforming the existing station with improved passenger facilities and platforms and a four storey mixed use development incorporating shops, a bank and bar and restaurant facilities.

Ward Hadaway advised Nexus on the numerous complex agreements between the different parties involved on the project, a key part of the first phase of the transport operator’s Metro: all change reinvigoration programme.

Nexus is to invest more than £300m over a decade on station and train refurbishments and upgrades of track, power lines, technology and structures on the Metro network, used by 40 million passengers a year.

Construction on the Haymarket Metro Station is due to be completed by July 2009.

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