Global engineering firm Cundall is experiencing a surge in growth after increasing its workforce by 24% since January.
Newcastle is one of the firm’s biggest UK offices with more than 100 employees and it is on the look-out to recruit more staff over the coming year.
Cundall, which specialises in designing environmentally-friendly, sustainable buildings, increased its turnover by £16,850 to £25.7m to the end of 2012 - and the business is now hoping to grow by 10% this year.
The Newcastle office is currently working with Kier on a £63m project to build six new schools in the North East – Hartlepool, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton on Tees and in Sunderland. This is part of the Priority Schools’ Building Programme organised by the Department for Education.
Within the past six months, staff have visited Shanghai to teach co-workers how to use specialised software. Senior Associate Damien Dungworth, meanwhile, has travelled to Rio in Brazil to assist in the planning of the Canoe Slalom (White Water Rafting) course for the 2016 Olympics.
Cundall partner Gordon Reid, said: “The last few years have been very difficult across the industry but through focusing on the needs of our clients and working closely with them we have fared well. This same recipe combined with the hard work and dedication of our staff is now driving this growth.
“We can see encouraging signs in the market and we are in a strong position to continue to grow in the forthcoming year.”
The firm has around 400 staff working across London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Belfast and Edinburgh. Internationally it has offices in Australia, China, Cyprus, Singapore, Poland, the Middle East, Romania and Spain.
Between January and October, there were 24 new North East employees - 15 of which have been appointed since July. The Newcastle figures marry up pretty well with the overall growth of Cundall in the UK – there have been 77 new employees between January and October, with 49 of them since July.
Carole O’Neill, HR partner said: “We are currently experiencing an increase in our recruitment at the Newcastle office. This also mirrors our growth throughout the UK. Nationally, since January, we have had a 26% growth in our staffing levels. We are delighted that we continue to employ the best engineers in the UK and are looking forward to recruiting even more staff to join our team.”
In the North East, Cundall has recently won contracts with Eldon Square and is also working with Muse Developments on the redevelopment of South Shields town centre.
Recently completed projects include working on Durham University’s Gateway Project, Manor Walks Shopping Centre in Cramlington and Monument Mall in Newcastle.
The practice also worked on high-profile projects including AkzoNobel’s new £100m paint-making plant in Ashington, Cobalt Business Park’s data centres and the new Rolls Royce Facility in Washington. Overseas, it won a major industry award in Hong Kong, which is currently its strongest overseas market.
Two new engineers have joined the team. Andrew Street, originally from Australia, graduated from the University of Queensland with a first-class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked in Australia, Austria and Scotland. Street is now working on a new heating scheme for the Byker Wall Estate and also within schools across the region.
Tim Cutter was working on Wind Prospect in Durham. He has four years’ working in civil engineering for renewable energy. Cutter grew up in the North East and graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in Civil Engineering. He is now working on a school in Yorkshire.
Cundall, which was set up in 1976, operates in more than 11 countries across the globe offering its engineering services. The firm was named the winner of The Construction Skills Cut the Carbon Award at the 2013 Building Awards. It was also the first consultancy in the world to be endorsed as a One Planet Company by sustainability charity BioRegional.