Engineering consultancy Howard Ward Associates opens Nottingham office

29 March 2018

Howard Ward Associates has opened a new office in Nottingham city centre, as the engineering consultancy looks to position itself for a period of heightened demand. The firm recently hired three new engineers, and is working to meet a growing workload from clients across the UK.

Founded in 1977, multi-disciplinary civil and structural engineering consultancy, Howard Ward Associates (HWA) works across all sectors, providing civil and structural design services to projects with construction values ranging up to £20 million. While several reports have suggested that Brexit might harm the engineering sector of the UK, the opposite seems to be the case for HWA. After a period of increased demand, the Nottinghamshire-based engineering consultancy has opened a new office in Nottingham’s city centre.

HWA, which has its head office on Walkers Yard in Radcliffe-on-Trent, has taken the space within Knight & Whitehall House on Carlton Street in the Hockley area of Nottingham. The firm’s team of 15 will use the new locale to deliver on a number of current projects, including Nottingham Trent University’s new ceremonial hall on Shakespeare Street, Cumberland Place; a 204-bed student accommodation facility in Southampton, and 3-9 Listergate, Nottingham, transforming the existing historic five storey building into a new apartment complex. Additionally, HWA is commencing development of two new Nottingham care home facilities in Clifton and Hucknall.

Babar Ahmed, Miles Foster and Mark Lusher

Dan Bailey, Partner at HWA, said, “Having an office in the centre of Nottingham seemed like the natural next step for us as we do a lot of work in the area and it will allow us to be closer to a number of existing clients.”

He added, “At Knight & Whitehall House we will be neighbours to a number of other firms in the property and construction sector which is ideal, and we look forward to further embedding ourselves within the business community in Nottingham.”

Last year HWA celebrated its 40th year in business, and recently expanded its team with three new appointments. At the turn of the year, Mark Lusher joined the consulting firm as a Principal Engineer, while Babar Ahmed and Miles Foster joined  as Engineers.

Lusher, who has 15 years of experience in the industry, arrived at HWA from Arup, where he worked as a Senior Engineer, while structural calculations specialist Babar Ahmed joined from Patrick Parsons. Graduate Miles Foster became part of the team while still studying for his civil and infrastructure engineering degree at Derby University, and will be responsible for creating civil engineering designs and structure drawings.

Commenting on the growing team, Dan Bailey remarked, “We have experienced a very busy 12 months and that is set to continue throughout 2018. To accommodate that business growth we are continuing to expand our skilled team and it really is fantastic to have so much talent join us.”

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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.”