Manston Airport consultation proves timely

RiverOak concluded its statutory consultation on proposals to re-open Kent’s Manston Airport as a strategic freight hub last month, supported by Copper. The landmark coincidentally came at about the same time as the Government went into listening mode for a new aviation strategy. Manston, famous for its role as an RAF base in the Battle […]

NSIPs: Using comms to close the ‘credibility gap’

It has been a question for major project managers and promoters since the dawn of new planning laws designed to smooth the path to consent: How do you give stakeholders and communities the detail they request on projects when you might need to adapt the approved project’s design if circumstances or technology moves on? This […]

Copper to open new office in Birmingham

Copper is opening a new office in Birmingham – one of the UK’s most exciting cities for infrastructure. Copper Chairman Claire Gordon said: “The pace of Birmingham’s transformation is inspirational, with the arrival of an ever growing number of new and vibrant spaces in which to live and work. “Investment in transport infrastructure is playing […]

Copper provides communications knowhow for tomorrow’s project leaders

Copper’s expertise in infrastructure communications is being be used to set future directors of major projects on the right track for success. Our director Martin McCrink was interviewed by academics from the University of Leeds to provide video content for a new distance learning offering by Routemap Ltd, an organisation which brings together sector expertise […]

The Copper Wire – July 2017

Welcome to July’s edition of our monthly newsletter the Copper Wire. This month, we have news of another award. Plus, our support for a major new rail interchange, the latest on our Attitudes to Infrastructure research and lots more. Click here to read. To get The Copper Wire delivered straight to your inbox, please sign up on the footer of […]

The results from the focus groups are in

The results of focus groups linked to our latest study of what the public really thinks about infrastructure have given us tantalising insights into attitudes in the UK. But before we can reveal our theories we need to subject them to more rigorous quantitative testing with our research partner TLF (, who are specialists in […]

Scottish benchmark for community engagement in planning

Copper’s Polly Blythe has been verified by Planning Aid for Scotland (PAS) for meeting its benchmark for effective engagement in planning. Polly’s approach to delivering public consultation for SP Energy Networks on behalf of Copper, was independently certified as meeting the SP=EED standard. SP=EED stands for Successful Planning equals Effective Engagement and Delivery and is referred […]

‘Keep calm and keep planning’, infrastructure sector hears

‘Keep calm and keep planning’: That was the Brexit and post-election message from Government at the National Infrastructure Planning Association’s annual conference last month, where Copper was a delegate. And one of the key themes to emerge, from a day dedicated to doing just that, was the importance of communications and engagement for national infrastructure […]

Copper provides support to West Midlands Interchange project

Copper is bringing its specialist strategic advice and practical support to plans for a new strategic rail freight interchange for the West Midlands, which entered its final statutory consultation stage this month (July). The West Midlands Interchange (WMI) is being developed by Four Ashes Limited (FAL) in response to the Government’s National Policy Statement (NPS) […]

Third award for Copper

It’s a hat-trick of awards for Copper. Our work supporting National Grid Property (NGP) in dismantling a gasholder in Bury St Edmunds scooped Best Business Communications Campaign at the International Building Press’ 2017 Communication and PR Awards last night. The award follows our Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ inaugural Excellence Award for best Construction, Property […]