Engineering success in the face of difficult circumstances

Leeds based Civic Engineers has reported strong results for the 2020/21 financial year, with its annual turnover growing by 22% to £7.3m.

The growth for the practice, which also has studios based in Manchester, London and Glasgow, is attributed to a series of key commissions across projects of national and regional strategic importance.

They include a new 6.5 acre urban park at Mayfield Manchester and a waterfront development at Custom House Quay in Glasgow.

Staff headcount at the business has now increased to 120 employees , including 10 full-time graduates.

Julian Broster, co-founding director, said: “We know our strong growth has been in contrast with many businesses that have suffered unfairly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Julian Broster

“However, the role of engineering is becoming more important as we work to ensure healthier cities, mitigate flood risks and find creative solutions on the journey to Net Zero. These areas have always been a key focus for our business.

“Given the difficulties that many young people are facing right now, what has been particularly heartening over the past year is that we’ve managed to take on ten new graduates who are working across our four studios.

“Our employee headcount has grown by 27% and I’m especially enthused by the growth in younger members of the team who are bringing energy, challenge and new ways of thinking to the practice.”

Civic Engineers says it is raising its ambitions to better measure and assess the environmental impact of each project delivered on behalf of its clients.

Broster added: “In our view, our annual financial growth is not an effective way, on its own, to measure our success and achievements.

“Right now, we’re developing our methods to better report on carbon savings collectively across all our key projects.

“Capturing and reporting on these savings and identifying further ways to reduce carbon consumption, will be absolutely critical for the business and our clients going forward.”