Company News

September 10

Welcome Colin Cottage!

We are delighted to announce that Colin Cottage has joined the Ardent team as a Senior Director and is working from our London office. Colin qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1991 and has specialised in providing advice on compulsory purchase and compensation matters to both acquiring authorities and claimants for more than twenty years.

His experience extends to advising on predominantly regeneration based CPOs for acquiring authorities in locations that include Dagenham, Stratford, Woolwich, Canning Town, Harlow, Romford, Rainham, Abbey Wood and Barking. Colin was also one of the lead advisors for the CPO used to deliver the 2012 Olympic Games.

In addition to acting for Acquiring Authorities, Colin acts for landowners and occupiers affected by the use of compulsory purchase powers across the UK. He is currently advising claimants in relation to Crossrail, HS2, the Heathrow 3rd runway expansion, the Trafford Metrolink extension, the M11 J7a and a number of regeneration projects across south east England.

Colin has extensive experience of providing both written and oral expert evidence at Public Inquiry, the Lands Chamber and the High Court.

Colin sits on the National Committee of the Compulsory Purchase Association and held the position of chairman in 2016-2017. He is currently leading the CPA sub-committee responsible for drafting a compensation litigation protocol and was the primary author of the CPA’s recent submission to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee on the use of compulsory purchase powers to achieve land value capture.

August 21

New Warrington office opens!

As of Monday 20th August, the Northern team’s Warrington office, headed up by Mike Crowther, moved from The White House to The Brew House, thus supporting our continued growth. The new office is located in the historic Greenalls Brewery site. This move reflects the continued growth of Ardent nationally. The Warrington Office was first set up in January 2014 with 2 people and has grown to 25 people in 4 years. Mike and Carl Weaver will continue to be supported by the CAD/GIS, Land Referencers & Surveyors and HR teams working on a range of projects across the Midlands and North of England.


August 13

Ardent comes to Milton Keynes

Ardent is delighted to announce the opening of a new office on Monday 13th August in Milton Keynes. The office is located within the central business district at 500 Avebury Boulevard a short walk from the mainline train station.

The Ardent team located at the Milton Keynes office will be supporting our work on a number of Highways England DCO projects as well as expanding our client base in the Midlands and strengthening our rural offering. This is exciting news for Ardent as we continue to grow across the UK.

August 2

Ben Nevis Charity Walk

On Saturday 28th July, members of the Warrington Office team took on the challenge of climbing Ben Nevis to raise money for St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice. Louise Parker, Nicola Dawson, Matthew Lang and Rachel Brade all completed the 1,345m climb and managed to raise over £200 towards St Luke’s. Despite battling wind and rain to make it to the top, the views made it all worthwhile and there are even plans to make it an annual trip!

Nicola Dawson

June 26

Welcome Nick!


On Monday 4th June we welcomed Nick Dexter as an Associate Director to the Ardent team. Nick joins us from National Grid where he was the DCO liaison Officer, a role which saw him engaging with promoters of DCOs who interacted with National Grid’s assets. He has 14 years experience working in the public and private planning sector in a variety of roles ranging from approving planning applications to managing a team consenting Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects. Nick will bring a range of utilities experience with him and will be able to assist in driving forward our growth aspirations in the utilities and renewables sectors of our business.

June 26

Ardent Total Warrior Team

Well done to members of the Leeds, Warrington and Birmingham offices on completing the Total Warrior course in Leeds at the weekend!