Engineering consultancy Howard Ward Associates opens Nottingham office

29 March 2018 3 min. read
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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.”