Civic Engineers marks record annual growth with investment in new talent

Civic Engineers marks record annual growth with investment in new talent

Julian Broster

Civil, structural and transport engineering practice Civic Engineers has recorded its 9th consecutive year of growth since the business was first founded nearly a decade ago.

The practice has increased its staff head count from 120 to 162 employees and is reporting annual revenue growth of over 40% with a £10.7 million turnover in the 2021/22 financial year (compared with £7.3 million in 2020/21).

Julian Broster, co-founding director of Civic Engineers, said: “Over the last 12 months we’ve really seen the benefits of having a UK national reach, with our studios in London, Northern England and Scotland, all progressing with exciting new projects that are of national significance.

“Our appointment to lead on the design and engineering delivery for developments such as Mayfield Park in Manchester, Custom House Quay in Glasgow, and Pinewood & Shepperton film studios in London has meant we’ve been able to invest more into each of our studios, creating new jobs for emerging talent and further establishing our reputation as a business whose values are integral to the fast moving ESG agenda.”

Civic Engineers marks record annual growth with investment in new talent

Civic Engineers projects 2022 (clockwise from left) Mayfield Park, Manchester; Cannonmills, Edinburgh; Pinewood / Shepperton, London; Better Queensway, Southend-On-Sea

The business is refitting three of its four studios this year, having taken on new, larger studio space in Glasgow, and enhancing its facilities for all teams across the UK. With new layouts, improved lighting and breakout spaces, Civic Engineers has implemented a ‘Better Normal’ policy to support staff into new patterns of flexible working, informed by their feedback following the coronavirus pandemic.

Julian added: “We’re proud of the talented and diverse team that we’re building at Civic Engineers. After the challenges of the last two years, it’s just as important that we invest in the working environment as well as individual learning and development. We’re now at a point where we’ve achieved a 60/40 male / female ratio across our entire team. In a sector that sadly still only has 15% female engineers, we will continue to do more around this inequality until there is a balance.

“We now have more graduates and apprentices than ever in the business with 26. The younger team members are typically more clued-up on the environmental and Net Zero agenda than the experienced managers, and they can continue to bring their skills and insights to drive our Practice forward in an environmentally progressive way. Every project that we carry out begins with a carbon challenge.”

Civic Engineers marks record annual growth with investment in new talent

Georgie Smith

Georgie Smith, graduate at Civic Engineers (London) started out in the practice as an intern. She joined full-time in 2020 after graduating with an MEng Structural Engineering and Architecture degree from the University of Sheffield

Georgie said: “I’ve already had chance to lead on some exciting computational designs for a housing development, as well as to research leading issues such as how to reduce the impact of embodied carbon on various structures. While it’s serious work, there’s a sense of fun in terms of how we approach these challenges, which is just as important.

“Being new to the industry, it matters to work for a company where you’re respected by everybody. At Civic Engineers you’re genuinely listened to, rather than just being told what to do. There’s a great culture with lots of focus on the employees and a shared will for everyone to succeed.”

Civic Engineers marks record annual growth with investment in new talent

Sinead Gilmour

Sinead Gilmour joined Civic Engineers after graduating from the University of Edinburgh with an MEng degree in Civil Engineering. She started working in the Glasgow studio in July 2021.

She said: “I was drawn to Civic Engineers because of the public realm work they’re delivering in Glasgow. The Avenues project is a very people-focussed, high-profile project that sits at the heart of the city’s sustainable redevelopment. I’m really proud to now be contributing to it, with the design and engineering work set to have a direct impact on how people can happily connect with the city and beneficially live their lives.

“It’s great to be putting my university skills into practice on a wide range of projects like this, which are looking at everything in the public realm from urban street design to drainage networks. My team here in Glasgow are inclusive, lovely people to work with.”

Civic Engineers is currently working on Custom House Quay in Glasgow alongside architect Hawkins\Brown for Glasgow City Council. The practice is leading the engineering on a major project that will see an attractive waterfront area created by extending the River Clyde’s north bank outside the Grade A-listed Custom House, and an enhanced green space on the opposite south bank at Carlton Place.

Projects in Edinburgh city centre include Cannonmills, a £20 million development for HUB, and Northfield Grove, an estate transformation for the city council.

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