Avoca promotes new directors to engineer further growth

The building services business has also expanded into a new base in County Durham

left to right - Richard Hooper, Mark Hooper, Mike Seaward
left to right - Richard Hooper, Mark Hooper, Mike Seaward

A Durham building services business is poised to swell its ranks after introducing new services that have triggered rapid growth.

Since launching in 2005 Avoca Consulting Engineers has been involved in a range of sectors, from small domestic installations to multi-million pound industrial process design schemes, growing sales steadily every year.

First year turnover was £43,500 and grew to £836,000 in 2013, a 40% increase year-on-year.

Until recently a large proportion of the practice’s workload unfolded in the south, but increasing optimism in the North East has seen Avoca’s team of 20 work on some of the North East’s most innovative schemes including LiveWorks Offices, Newcastle University’s Neptune National Centre and Ramside Hall Hotel and Spa.

Having added more services, including sustainability consultancy and 3D Building Information Modelling (BIM) to serve the changing demands of the industry, managing director Mark Hooper expects to see further growth.

In turn, the firm has extended its senior team through two internal promotions and the arrival of two newcomers – and Mr Hooper is looking to increase headcount further in 2015, from 20 to 24 staff.

Principal engineers Mike Seaward and Richard Hooper have been promoted to directors and a new senior mechanical engineer and senior electrical engineer have recently joined the team.

The expanding team has also triggered a move into a larger office on the Bowburn Industrial Estate.

Mark Hooper, managing director of Avoca, said: “It’s always fantastic to see colleagues progressing, but it’s really special to welcome these colleagues to the role of director.

“Over a period of years, both Mike and Richard have made significant contributions to the business, helping to build new client relationships, improving the management of Avoca, and bringing on the next generation of colleagues.

“I am very proud of the training we provide and the culture we have of promoting from within.

“We have high standards and I look forward to the next phase of Avoca’s growth.”


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