BGP's reaching new heights

BILLINGHURST George and Partners is celebrating 20 years of business in the Tyne-Tees area with the completion of a major new project.

BILLINGHURST George and Partners is celebrating 20 years of business in the Tyne-Tees area with the completion of a major new project.

The consultant engineers and building surveyors, which has offices in Thornaby and Gateshead, has developed the design for the new gateway project for a multi-storey student accommodation block, adjacent to Victoria Bridge on the River Tees.

At 11 storeys, the building will be a prominent feature on the Stockton skyline.

The practice has seen large changes during 2007 with the retirement of company founder Ron Billinghurst and the promotion of two new partners, Neville Baines and Paul Winship, who join the existing partners managing the offices in Teesside and Tyneside.

Paul and Neville bring 40 years’ experience of working in engineering consultancy.

The practice currently employs 45 staff with expertise in civil and structural engineering consultancy and building surveying.

The team is active across all sectors of the construction industry, with expertise in health, education, leisure, commercial, retail and residential.

Recently completed projects include a £23m facility at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.

This has included a three-storey ward block which provides accommodation for pathology, gynecology and maternity wards.

Work in the health sector also currently includes schemes at North Tees, Hartlepool and North Tyneside hospitals.

On the education front the company has completed numerous multi-million pound schemes including new facilities in Darlington, Stockton and Goole. Work is now under way on a £15m school for the Diocese of Durham and a £5m sixth form college in Sunderland.

Its work has also extended into the leisure sector, having completed the restoration of the Grade II-Listed Darlington Railway Museum in conjunction with English Heritage.

Expertise includes traditional building surveys, party wall surveys, Disability Discrimination Act, Home Information Packs as well as conservation.

And the company is continuing to grow.

Its building surveying department goes from strength to strength with the Tyneside office now doubling in size during the last six months.

The department’s clients include local authorities, housing associations and framework agreements.

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