National engineering consultancy opens Liverpool office as part of expansion plans
National engineering consultancy Rodgers Leask has opened a new office in Liverpool – the practice’s first location in the North West and its fifth nationally.
Based in Horton House, in Exchange Flags, the location offers a prime central spot for the practice which was first established in a single office in Derby in 1984 and now offers structural, civil, geo-environmental and transport planning services across a range of sectors nationwide.
The office will be headed up by divisional director Chris Pollett, who was influential in the successful opening and establishment of Rodgers Leask’s Nottingham office in 2021.
He said: “Having worked in Liverpool earlier in my career, I’m proud and excited to be leading our latest expansion. I feel that there is a gap in the market that will allow us to offer something different for developers, contractors and architects, although we already have many existing relationships that we’re looking forward to reigniting in this great city.
“Among the range of sectors we work in, industrial and logistics is particularly buoyant in the North West and there is a busy housing market – both of which are increasing client demand for our support and expertise. We’re situated in a prominent location in the centre of Liverpool and our experts will be contributing to projects in close proximity as well as in the surrounding areas.”
Joining Chris in the Liverpool-based team is principal engineer Gavin Briscoe, senior engineer Daniel Cahill and technician Abbie Butler.
The practice – which also has offices in Derby, Nottingham, Birmingham and Bristol – expects the regional team to grow quickly and become a go-to local business for the next generation of talented engineers. There is currently more than 90 staff working for Rodgers Leak nationally, though a number of vacancies are currently open which will enable the business to grow.
Paul Spencer, managing director at Rodgers Leask, said: “It’s very promising times for the business. Having a base in Liverpool will allow us to provide our new and existing clients with an even better service – a growth approach that has worked for us elsewhere in the country.
“It’s important to us that we choose the right locations for expansion and in Liverpool we’re confident it has the right credentials. For example, strong local universities offering good engineering degrees give us a platform to support and attract graduates in entering the industry.
“While the ongoing regeneration agenda and increasing investment gives us confidence that improvement to important elements of the city, like transport links, can be replicated in other areas of infrastructure.”
Established contacts of Rodgers Leask already operating in the region include St Modwen, Vistry and Sytner Group, as well as Warrington Borough Council. These relationships and many more have led to significant projects over the years, including residential developments such as Vulcan Works in Newton-le-Willows and Chapelford Urban Village, and commercial schemes including the Kirkby town centre regeneration.