Fast-growing engineering consultancy trebles Nottingham headcount

Peter Sparham

Derby-headquartered engineering consultancy Rodgers Leask has trebled the size of its Nottingham team in just 12 months.

The firm opened a base in the Lace Market last year and has been growing rapidly ever since, adding senior and graduate staff to its ranks and winning a sizeable pipeline of work.

Earlier this year, the company played a pivotal role in securing planning for the proposed extension of Bilborough Sixth Form College and helped to secure planning approval for the Pleasley Hill sustainable urban extension in Mansfield thanks to its “comprehensive” input into the environmental impact assessment process.

Peter Sparham, associate director and Nottingham office lead for Rodgers Leask, said: “It’s been a terrific year since taking residence in Nottingham and we’re very pleased with not only the work we have been doing but the relationships we have been building in the process.

“We recently attended a careers fair at the University of Nottingham and earlier in the year one of our built environment specialists spent time with final year architecture students at Nottingham Trent University giving structural engineering advice and guidance in relation to the students’ design projects.

“It’s really important to us that we are investing time in opening up our industry to the next generation of talent, and what better way to do that than on your own doorstep where we’re fortunate to have multiple leading higher education institutions.”

Managing director Paul Spencer said: “From day one in Nottingham we were thinking about local recruitment and it’s really pleasing to see this plan executed – growing the business and furthering careers are of equal importance to us.

“It’s a competitive industry. Clients and young professionals care about the businesses they are engaging with, which is why a genuine presence in the areas we’re working is factored into our operations. From monthly line management to inclusive social events, we are very mindful of our culture and want to make each and every office of ours a great place to work.”

Kriston Harvey, director, added: “You only have to look at the major projects taking place in the city centre to see that Nottingham is a place of significant development and regeneration opportunity. At Rodgers Leask, we’re invested in the mission to make Nottingham and the surrounding county an even greater place to live and work – collaborating with the public and private sector to achieve best outcomes for all.”

Since settling in Nottingham in 2021, the firm has also expanded into Liverpool, taking its total number of offices across the UK to five.