Shepherd Engineering Services look to recruit after double contract wins

Engineering firm Shepherd Engineering Services is celebrating contracts wins worth a collective £13m

Artist's impression of the new Consett Academy and Leisure Centre
Artist's impression of the new Consett Academy and Leisure Centre

Engineering firm Shepherd Engineering Services (SES), has won two high-profile contracts as part of a major infrastructure investment into the North East.

The double contract win, worth a combined £13m, will see SES provide full mechanical and electrical services as part of the landmark £200m master plan to transform Newcastle’s Stephenson Quarter.

The Newcastle-based business, which has seven other regional offices around the UK, will work in partnership with Miller Construction as part of the £6.5m contract to support the creation of the living, working and cultural mixed-use development on the 10-acre site, which will feature a new 250-bed Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3000sqm office block, restaurants, an art gallery and a car park.

Meanwhile in County Durham, the company has secured the contract to provide all the mechanical and electrical services on the new Consett Academy and Leisure Centre, which forms part of a £40m investment into the town.

An artist's impression of plans for the Stephenson Quarter
An artist's impression of plans for the Stephenson Quarter

The wins come just ten months after the firm, which turned over £35m last year, was awarded the contract to deliver mechanical and electrical services on the landmark Hitachi rail vehicle manufacturing facility build project at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

The £82m Hitachi scheme, which represents the biggest investment into the area for more than 20 years, is set to have a momentous effect on the prosperity of the region.

The projects have seen SES invest heavily in local recruitment, including employing both time-served and experienced local engineers, as well as appointing four apprentices from across the North East.

Steve Joyce, SES’ North East regional director, said: “The selection of SES onto two of the North East’s most high-profile engineering projects is testament to the work of our team of specialists who are able to deliver ground-breaking technical solutions for clients.

“More importantly, this has also allowed us to reinvest into the region, bringing local employees back to the North East while increasing the number of apprenticeships we are able to offer to local young people.”

Michael Rutherford, project manager at Carillion Construction Services, said: “On such complex projects, it is absolutely critical that we work with solutions-driven partners who have the expertise and experience to deliver on-time and on-budget.

“The holistic approach offered by SES, combined with its pioneering use of BIM, made SES the natural choice, and because they understand our needs entirely, they are able to offer an enviably seamless and inclusive working partnership.”

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