Global project and project management consultant Faithful+Gould has seen annual revenues rise by over 25% from its Newcastle office, leading to a host of new hires.
As the industry’s recovery gathers momentum, the Tyneside team – based in Albany Court in Newcastle – has recruited seven new members of staff bringing total headcount to 34.
The firm, which has also has an office in Stockton, Teesside, and a further 20 offices across the UK Faithful+Gould, is working on some of the North East’s major developments and infrastructure projects including Science Central and the Stephenson Quarter, both in Newcastle, and the widening of the A1M in Gateshead.
Mike Foggon, regional director and head of the Newcastle team, said: “We have had a strong year, picking up some major contracts, as confidence and the appetite for development returns to the market.
“Housing in particular is very active but other areas, such as hotels and student accommodation, have continued their strong recent showing.
“With pressure being maintained on local authority budgets, leading to impacts on the depth and breadth of in-house services, we are in a strong position to be able to support this work. The number of repeat clients we maintain in the North East is testament to the quality of our work.”
In the last year the firm’s building surveying team has more than doubled in size to seven people under managing building surveyor Graeme Race.
The most recent additions to this team include Ryan Inkster and Mark Johnson.
The project management team has been strengthened with the arrival of Ross Hamilton and Tracy Cuthbertson.
Mark Chicken and Adrian O’Dea have joined quantity surveying and Anth Warren has been recruited to the as construction design and management team.
Mr Foggon said: “We are building a strong team allowing us to deliver across a wide range of disciplines with the aim of providing an integrated package for construction projects and programmes.”
The Newcastle office has strengthened its regional profile by bringing forward a number of major schemes. These include Science Central’s new Core building for Newcastle University which is set to open in November.
The building has been designed with urban sustainability at its heart and features a four-storey living wall, bee hotels, planted sedum roofs and rainwater harvesting
Faithful+Gould is also bringing forward the first stage of the Stephenson Quarter – the Rocket office development, the Crowne Plaza hotel and a multi-storey car park – for the Clouston Group.
The firm is currently working on developments for South Tyneside College and has secured contracts for the £14m redevelopment of the Newcastle University’s Armstrong Building.
It is also contracted to lead on the widening of the A1 into three lane motorway for the Highways Agency.
Mr Foggon added: “While the North East market is in a much better state than it has been for some time, it may still be some time before we see any new speculative office developments in the Newcastle city centre.”