Portland Consulting Engineers grows headcount by 40%

Portland won a host of contracts in 2014 and is currently on site with four projects worth a combined £18m

Back Row Left to Right: David Scrimgeour, Mick Taylor, Lee Barr, Mark Quigley, Nick Atkinson Front Row Left to Right: Andrew Coyle, Amy Goldspink, Stephen Hunter
Back Row Left to Right: David Scrimgeour, Mick Taylor, Lee Barr, Mark Quigley, Nick Atkinson Front Row Left to Right: Andrew Coyle, Amy Goldspink, Stephen Hunter

A Gateshead engineering firm has expanded to take on new staff following a record year in business.

As buoyancy in the construction market returns, Portland Consulting Engineers said it is on track to break turnover records, predicting a sales rise of 25%.

Having begun with four staff in 2004, the workforce was increased to 17 last year, a rise of 40% over the year.

Since the start of last year, Portland has won a plethora of contracts and seen its activity in the social housing sector increase considerably, working throughout the region and beyond on multi-million pound schemes to create new homes and refurbish existing properties for some of the UK’s largest registered social landlords.

The company also works across the housing, commercial, industrial, and further education sectors, delivering design services for a multi-million pound housing scheme in the heart of Ouseburn Valley earlier last year for Tyne Housing Association.

It also completed work on a church conversion at St Francis of Assisi in Walker.

The team is currently on site with a new hydrotherapy pool for the Percy Hedley Foundation, student accommodation on Claremont Road for student property specialist Ziggurat and new education centres in York and Middlesbrough for Askham Bryan College.

These four projects have a combined build value of £18m.

Portland has also developed civil and structural designs for a new training facility in Bowburn, for County Durham and Darlington Fire Services and work continues on the phased refurbishment of South Shields Town Hall.

The continued growth has added some new faces to the consultancy, including senior project technician David Scrimgeour, senior civil engineer Mick Taylor, receptionist/administrator Amy Goldspink, revit technician Nick Atkinson, graduate engineer Andrew Coyle and senior engineer Stephen Hunter, who is the most recent addition.

Mark Quigley who joined the practice as a trainee, has also been promoted to senior structural technician.

Managing director Lee Barr attributed the firm’s success to its customer focused approach, helping the firm to continually win repeat business.

He said: “With a rise in demand for our services, I am confident that our development strategy for sustainable growth is being delivered with strong results.

“We continue to invest in BIM technology to stay abreast of the advances in construction and together with recruitment and retention of highly experienced individuals, we cannot only meet the demands and requirements of clients, but do so without compromising on our quality of services.

“I am delighted to welcome the new members of our team whose experience and specialisms further broaden the depth of resource we already possess.”

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