Under The Spotlight with Adam Ford

Adam Ford, who joined the company in September 2020 is a Graduate Transport Planner in our Fareham office. Since joining the team, Adam has been working through the Graduate Training Programme whilst simultaneously playing an important role on numerous projects we are currently working on.

What made you choose a role in Transport Planning?

Well to be completely honest, I had never heard of transport planning until I attended a careers talk whilst at university from Paul Basham Associates. At that talk, I was introduced to the idea of helping to design, improve and manage highway networks to the betterment of society. Following this I conducted some further research and felt that I could easily see myself in a career within the Transport sector.

What does your job involve?

As a graduate, I am involved in a number of project where I assist the more senior members of the team with writing numerous reports including, Transport Statements, Technical Notes, Travel Plans and implementing Travel Plan Coordination. This includes many tasks using Google Maps/Earth, Excel and AutoCAD.

Tell us a bit about your day to day role.

On a typical day, I first check my emails and get my head around any possible developments to projects I am involved in. I then make a ‘to-do’ list to ensure these projects continue to move forward. From there, my work predominantly involves report writing and using CAD to design accesses or to undertake tracking and visibility splay exercises. As I progress towards becoming an Assistant Transport Planner, I am increasingly involved in more complex and strategic projects, writing fee proposals, project managing and liaising with clients and the local highway authority.

What do you enjoy most about the role?

What I most enjoy about my role is for sure the problem solving element which comes with every project we work on. I also enjoy the variety and breadth of different projects I work on. From single residential sites to large strategic sites and commercial units, no two days are the same! I also love to get out of the office and go out on site. This helps me to visualise what the potential development will look like once completed and how it fits to the area’s surroundings.

What achievement are you most proud of since joining Paul Basham Associates? 

I think I would have to say receiving positive feedback on my work from the senior members of the team. It gives me immense confidence that I am preforming well in my role.   

What do you get up to in your free time?

I’m a very sporty guy and the majority of my free time outside of work is spent playing or watching sports, particularly football, cricket and F1. I’m an avid fan of Southampton FC and am really looking forward to getting back to St Mary’s and across the country to follow them once COVID restrictions are eased.