Growth allows Civic Engineers to double down on low carbon agenda

Glasgow-based Civic Engineers has reported another strong set of results for the recent financial year, with a number of key commissions on UK-wide projects enabling the practice to bolster its staff headcount to 120 and to place more focus on low carbon engineering solutions.

Growth allows Civic Engineers to double down on low carbon agenda

Julian Broster

The 22% growth in annual turnover growth to £7.3 million has been achieved during an exceptionally challenging year with the contraction in the economy and Covid lockdowns. It is attributed to a series of key commissions for Civic Engineers across projects of national and regional strategic importance.

They include a new waterfront development at Custom House Quay in Glasgow and a new 6.5-acre urban park at Mayfield Manchester.

Having launched its climate charter last year in response to the International Climate Emergency (outlining pursuit of a sustainable design agenda based on the founding principles of the business), efforts are now underway to improve carbon savings across all of Civic Engineers’ projects, by working with its clients to achieve the best possible outcome on the journey to Net Zero carbon emissions.     

Julian Broster, co-founding director of Civic Engineers, which also has studios based in Manchester, Leeds and London, said: “We recognise that our strong growth has been in contrast with many businesses that have suffered unfairly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the role of engineering is becoming more important as we work to ensure healthier cities, mitigate flood risks and find creative solutions on the journey to Net Zero. These areas have always been a key focus for our business.  

“Given the difficulties that many young people are facing right now, what has been particularly heartening over the past year is that we’ve managed to take on ten new graduates who are working across our four studios. Our employee headcount has grown by 27% and I’m especially enthused by the growth in younger members of the team who are bringing energy, challenge and new ways of thinking to the practice.” 

Growth allows Civic Engineers to double down on low carbon agenda

Projects being undertaken by Civic Engineers

Asha Vickers is one of several new staff to join Civic Engineers over the last year. She joined as a graduate structural engineer after graduating from the University of Sheffield with an MEng degree in Structural Engineering with Architecture.

Speaking of her experience so far, she said: “In my eyes, Civic Engineers is much more than a place of work; it is a place of education, interaction, and expansion of my knowledge. Their position on sustainability and wellbeing is at the forefront of their work and their dedication to combatting climate change is important to me as I value making a positive impact on people and the planet.

“The opportunities provided by Civic Engineers allow for growth and progress in ways that typical graduates would not be exposed to.”

As Civic Engineers continues to grow, it is raising its ambitions to better measure and assess the environmental impact of each project delivered on behalf of its clients.

Mr Broster added: “In our view, our annual financial growth is not an effective way, on its own, to measure our success and achievements.

“Right now, we’re developing our methods to better report on carbon savings collectively across all of our key projects. Capturing and reporting on these savings and identifying further ways to reduce carbon consumption, will be absolutely critical for the business and our clients going forward.”

Alongside architects Hawkins\Brown for Glasgow City Council, Civic Engineers will lead the design team 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.

Share icon
Share this article: