Civic Engineers grows Manchester office

The engineering practice has hired two associates, Yousaf Hussain and Richard Dowdall, to join its 40-strong team in Manchester.

Hussain and Dowdall have joined Civic Engineers’ structural engineering division. The company also offers services in structural and civil engineering.

The two employees will work on projects in the North West and across the UK, collaborating with colleagues based in the firm’s three other studios, in Leeds, London and Glasgow.

Hussain was previously an associate, rising from senior structural engineer, at BuroHappold Engineering, where he worked on projects such as the grade two-listed Hanover House in Manchester and the city’s School of Digital Arts.

Before that, the University of Salford graduate was a senior structural engineer at design and engineering firm BDP.

Dowdall joins Civic from structural and civil engineering firm AKT II, where he worked for more than eight years, first in London and then in Manchester to help grow its regional presence.

The UCL graduate has worked on projects for developers British Land, U+I, Urban & Civic, Bloomberg and Native Land, as well as for London’s ‘Great Estates’ – which include the Grosvenor, Cadogan, De Walden, Portman, Bedford and Crown estates).

Civic Engineers’ Manchester director James Bruce said: “As we stated when we launched our Climate Charter [in April], we have always pursued a sustainable design agenda, but this is more important than ever before, and wherever we can, we strongly believe in a ‘retro-first’ approach to the reuse of buildings.

“Taking this approach means the structural engineering challenges we face can be very difficult, so to have Richard and Yousaf join us means they bring with them a wealth of technical and project experience in these areas.”

He added: “Over the last few months, we have begun working on increasing numbers of high-profile, structurally complex, mixed-use projects such as the Mayfield development, Rutland Mills in Wakefield and Springfield Gardens in Liverpool.”

 

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