Derby engineering consultant expands office space

John Rode and Craig Waldron

The Derby branch of national M&E consultancy Couch Perry Wilkes (CPW) has expanded in the city with a new hire and increased office space.

John Rode has joined the team as a senior mechanical engineer following more than nine years’ experience in the industry, including a relocation from Canada.

The team is based in St Peter’s Churchyard and has taken on the floor above its original space to accommodate current social distancing restrictions.

Rode said: “I’m delighted to join CPW at such an interesting time. The Derby office is doing incredibly well and expanding despite a challenging year, so I’m looking forward to really getting stuck in.

“It’s exciting to be back at a larger company with all the resources and in-house expertise that it offers. I moved to Derby from Bombardier Canada almost six years ago and wanted to remain working in the city. CPW is one of the few national M&E firms with a Derby office so the opportunity to have a greater work/life balance really sealed the deal.

“The team is currently working on some exciting projects – such as a number of universities, retail shells, and care homes – and I’m really enjoying the opportunity to contribute on a wide range of developments. It’s also great to get involved at an early stage and see a project from inception to completion.”

Craig Waldron, director at CPW, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome John to the Derby team as he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with him. We’ve got some great schemes at the moment and John’s input will be invaluable.

“We’re also very pleased to be taking on a bigger office within Derby city centre. It’s really important to us that we support the city as we’re proud to be part of the professional community. We love our location so it’s great that we’ve been able to expand upstairs

“We’ve got a number of exciting projects in the pipeline such as schemes at Derby City Hospital, the University of Derby and an exciting cutting-edge vertical farming scheme. John’s appointment and our bigger office will really help with the delivery of our developments and deepening our ties with the city.”

CPW is a national M&E consultancy, with more than 200 staff across its ten regional offices.

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