Garry Banks, who has led the multidisciplinary firm’s operations in the city as director for the past two decades, is handing over the reins to Andy Pennington while continuing to work for the company.
Banks is standing down as office leader but will continue to serve as a director at Arup, focussing on growth of the building services team and providing expertise for clients across Liverpool City Region and beyond, according to a statement. He joined Arup in 1987 and has served as director of the Liverpool office for the past 20 years.
Pennington is currently business leader of Arup’s science, industry and technology business in the North West and Yorkshire and has most recently led the team responsible for the design of The Spine, the office building in Liverpool’s Paddington Village due to complete this month.
The £35m, 14-storey building designed by AHR Architects is to house the Royal College of Physician’s northern headquarters.
“This is an exciting time for the Arup Liverpool office,” Pennington said. “I am thrilled to be taking over the leadership and look forward to the challenge of growing the business to over 100 staff.” Since opening in December 2000, the office has grown from two staff members to more than 70 and provides the full range of building engineering, infrastructure and consultancy services to clients.
“The broad range of skills we can offer from Liverpool, combined with the ability to tap into Arup experts from around the world, enables us to provide a tailored local service with global expertise,” Pennington added.
“The next five years will see the continued growth of our social value, digital and sustainable development teams with a strong pipeline of projects in place in Liverpool and beyond.”
Banks said: “I am delighted that Andy has agreed to lead the office into its next phase. We are immensely proud of the offices’ achievements so far, and our role in supporting the economic development of the City and City Region as well as delivering award-winning projects.
“Andy is perfectly placed to continue this success and I wish him well as we all look to return to our offices.”