Mott MacDonald moves to new space in centre of Sheffield

14 June 2017

Mott MacDonald, an engineering, management and development consultancy, is moving to a new office space in Sheffield. The state-of-the-art locale provides improved standards in building energy efficiency for the company, and following recent renovation is able to support more than 200 of the firm’s staff while offering more room for industry events.

Mott MacDonald have announced staff at the firm’s Sheffield practice are set to move into a new office at Derwent House, in the heart of the city. The building has recently undergone significant refurbishment, bringing the facility in line with current standards in office building efficiency. The office additionally offers substantial, secure cycle parking and changing facilities, and is well located for public transport.

The move sees the engineering and consulting firm, which has had an 80-year presence in Sheffield, move into a space that is able to house 200 of its staff in the region. The new facilities offer a range of benefits to its staff and clients – including flexible working and collaborative spaces, meeting rooms and IT equipment.

Mott MacDonald moves to new building in Sheffield

Mott MacDonald recently won contracts to preside over a number of lucrative projects in the region, including the Lower Don flood alleviation scheme for Sheffield City Council, the landmark £120 million Glassworks Retail and Leisure scheme for Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, and developments at the National College for Nuclear in Cumbria.

Commenting on the new office space, John Bowes, Mott MacDonald’s office lead for Sheffield, said, “We’re excited to be boosting our presence in Sheffield. By strategically placing ourselves in the heart of the city centre we will be able to better support our clients throughout the north of England. We will also be able to utilise our modern space to host industry events and talks from the likes of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers.”


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Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

05 April 2019

A Newcastle-based consultancy has announced it will open its first office in Iraq. The news comes despite warnings that the area remains “high risk” for businesses.

16 years after the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the nation remains a shadow of its former self. The continued chaos wrought by the Iraq War – which eventually played a role in the rise to prominence of Daesh, further destabilising the region – means that even now, the nation’s capital is deemed to have the lowest quality of living in the world. According to a recent survey from Mercer, Baghdad ranked last overall – immediately below Bangui of the Central African Republic and Damascus in Syria – despite the other two being determined as the worst cities on the planet for personal safety.

However, as with the wider Middle East, the oil-rich state presents a lucrative destination to businesses willing to take the risk. To that end, a Newcastle recruitment consultancy has announced the opening of its first presence in Iraq’s capital city. Samuel Knight has taken the decision to open its Baghdad locale in order to grow its business in the Middle East.

Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

While businesses remain wary of the region, Samuel Knight specialises in recruiting talent in the energy and rail sectors, and in a release it said the new office would continue to focus on these areas. It will also allow the firm to make sure it abides by local compliance laws. The new location will be headed up by Haider Kadhim, Samuel Knight’s Iraq country manager, who will work as the first point of contact for clients and candidates. Representatives from the Department of Trade Industry are expected to attend a launch event for the office, which will be held this month.

Commenting on the new office,  a spokesperson for Samuel Knight said, “We probably don’t see it as a risk, but more of an opportunity, as we operate in the Middle East extensively already. We have contacts in place in the country location and with the consultants we have. We felt it was a great opportunity to expand into a country we are already doing work in. It means we have an on-the-ground team to help our clients. From our perspective, it is that we are looking to expand into new territories, but we are also supporting countries that are starting to redevelop after years of warfare.”

Steve Rawlingson, CEO at Samuel Knight, said, “Our aggressive five-year growth plan is manifesting at  an impressive rate, taking the company to exciting new territories. The team is working diligently to surpass expectations set out in the plan, and to ensure Samuel Knight is cemented as the leading global energy and rail recruitment specialist. Our Baghdad office will give us a distinctive edge over our competition and allow for more exciting business opportunities. Once the office becomes more established and client acquisition develops, we will certainly be adding more consultants and manpower in the city.”