Multi-disciplinary design engineering practice BWB Consulting is relocating to prestigious new offices in Manchester’s Piccadilly to make room for its fast-growing team.
To boost its profile and accommodate forecast growth, BWB’s 30-strong operation is switching from a base in the city’s Northern Quarter to Aviva’s recently refurbished offices at 11 Portland Street.
The firm’s growth is being driven by the expansion of its core civil and structural engineering capability and the provision of additional services including environmental planning consultancy, geo-technical engineering and air quality and acoustics. It is looking to recruit across all disciplines.
Warren Bennett, who leads the firm’s Manchester operations, said: “We were literally bursting out of the skylights in our old offices, and we want a more prominent presence that reflects both our position in the market and our commitment to Manchester and the North West.
“We’re working on some significant projects for major clients and we need to both grow the team and provide an environment that attracts and retains top talent, while sending out the right signals about our ambitions for greater success.”
BWB’s Manchester team is currently working on new projects in Manchester city centre, Oldham and Rochdale, along with existing commissions at Trafford and WGIS retail parks, Trafford Waters and the design of the A49 dual carriageway in Wigan.
Civil and structural design services are being provided for the Carrington Business Park project just outside Manchester, while it is also working on the Islington Wharf apartment project in the city centre. Its environmental team continues to play a key role in Bruntwood’s Alderley Park project.
BWB Consulting is among the elite of employers, having been ranked as one of the Top 100 Best Companies to Work For in the UK. It is also among a small number of UK companies to have achieved Platinum status with Investors in People – a reflection, says Warren, of a core commitment to developing its talent.
He added: “Our clients include businesses of the calibre of Peel and Muse Developments, and operating at that level has opened up some significant opportunities to deploy and develop our expertise. We’re really looking forwards to making our presence felt from a higher profile location in Portland Street.”
Until July 2017, BWB Consulting was one of the largest owner-managed consultancies in the UK, but is now becoming part of transport engineering giant CAF Group, which is seeking to use BWB’s multi-disciplinary expertise to grow its offer in both the UK and overseas.
The group also has its own in-house proptech startup, Deetu, which is technical partner to MIPIM at the forthcoming 30th anniversary of the global property exhibition being held at Cannes in March.
Steve Wooler, BWB’s CEO, said: “The North West is a massively important market for us, and expanding into new offices is an important milestone, having first established a presence here in 2008.
“We have some very significant project opportunities in the pipeline and believe our commitment to being a great employer is one of the key reasons why we’re able to deliver complex, major projects for high-profile clients.”