Sweco expands Manchester operations after key framework wins

Andy King

Engineering, environment and design consultancy Sweco has expanded its Manchester operations to prepare for growth following a number of major framework wins.

Sweco, which first opened its North West office in Altrincham in 2008 and employs 42 people in the city, has consolidated two offices and relocated to larger premises on Booth Street, with plans to increase its headcount to 65 over the next 18 months.

The expansion follows a series of major framework wins, including Crown Commercial Services, United Utilities and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), which will provide the business with a pipeline of work across energy, transportation, buildings, environment, water and asset management.

The company says the move will enable the business to expand its landscape offering, following appointment to a number of Environmental Impact Assessment frameworks with major energy companies.

The team has already been instrumental in delivering landscape projects across the region, including Greengate Square, Salford.

The business has worked on a number of high-profile projects across the city, including One Spinningfields and the XYZ Building.

Andy King, director of energy and head of the Manchester office at Sweco UK, said: “Infrastructure investment in the North West is currently at an all-time high and this will bring an abundance of opportunities across our service offering.

“We have strong experience of delivering multidisciplinary projects in the region and this strategic expansion will now give us the capacity to build on this platform, both by increasing projects secured through frameworks and expanding our client base with new wins.”

Sweco consults on major projects nationwide via its network of 15 regional offices in the UK and Ireland, with recent work including the Queensferry Crossing, Clyde Wind Farm Extension and the Bloomberg headquarters in London, the world’s most sustainable building.