Civic preps for growth with string of new hires  

The civil and structural engineering firm has increased its headcount with 12 recruits in recent weeks and is gearing up to develop its operations from 2021.

Among the new hires are non-executive finance director Nik Hynes and head of finance, Anh Ho, who have been tasked with forecasting and shaping the company’s business development plan for the next five years.

Civic Engineers has also recruited a raft of graduate and senior engineers as it prepares to grow the business, with headcount rising 10% year-on-year to more than 100 employees. The full list of hires is below.

Civic is headquartered in Manchester and has offices in London, Leeds and Glasgow. A key area of focus at present is sustainable public realm. The company’s founding director Stephen O’Malley was appointed this year to join New London Architecture’s expert panel on wellbeing, and to the Government’s High Street Task Force in September, intended to help communities and local governments reinvigorate their high streets.

In April, Civic published a climate charter, emphasising the importance and commercial value of the sustainable design agenda, and it is working with its clients to embed the principles of the charter into current and pipeline projects across the region.

The firm is working on several schemes within Manchester’s Northern Gateway masterplan, including Collyhurst, Victoria Riverside and New Cross Central and phase one of the Mayfield regeneration project, as well as the Leeds Climate Innovation District, Glasgow Avenues, two schemes in Essex and the zero carbon York Housing delivery programme. It aims to expand its work in the year ahead.

Julian Broster, founding director of Civic Engineers, said: “We’re very fortunate that we’ve been able to continue growing the business over these difficult times and while our outlook is cautiously optimistic, we remain committed to creating new opportunities and especially to investing in young people who have been hit hard by the current healthcare and economic crisis.

“A key contributing factor to our steady growth is the renewed focus on climate-sensitive and low carbon design across our industry – something we have been committed to since the birth of Civic Engineers and which has come to the fore as a result of recent global events.”

Julian Broster Civic

Broster: “Our outlook is cautiously optimistic”

The full list of recruits:

David Newell-Thomas – civil civil design engineer

Andrea McGee – civil design engineer

Chris Kendrick – civil design engineer

Simon Bennett – associate director

James Travers – associate

James Bloomfield – senior structural engineer

Jason Howell – senior structural engineer

Alasdair Gray – associate

Lindsay Christnick – senior structural engineer

Ella Tomlinson – intern

Nik Hynes – non-executive finance director

Anh Ho – head of finance



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