Bakerhicks strengthen ground engineering capability with new senior appointment

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BakerHicks, the multi-disciplinary design, engineering and project delivery company, have further strengthened their ground engineering capability with the appointment of Paul Hooton as Associate Engineer to lead the expansion of their dedicated ground engineering team.

A Chartered Civil Engineer and Registered Ground Engineering Advisor, Paul brings extensive geotechnical experience and knowledge, having worked on numerous high-profile projects, including Manchester Metrolink airport line extension, Congleton Link Road and the East Coast Mainline power supply upgrade. His skills have been deployed across multiple sectors, including rail, highways, aviation, flood protection, utilities, leisure, commercial and local government projects, with clients comprising public bodies, private developers and design and build contractors.

His experience of desk studies, ground investigation, interpretation of investigation results, ground modelling, geotechnical design, and technical reporting will be of particular benefit as the business expands. As will his expertise in the investigation and treatment of mine workings; the installation of soil nails, rock mesh and rock anchors; earthwork asset inspections; and the supervision of earthworks schemes.

Prior to Joining BakerHicks’ Civil & Structural team, Paul was a principal geotechnical engineer at Atkins. He has also held similar senior positions, including the role of technical director at Hydrock and Jacobs, in a career spanning over 18 years.

Andy Gotts, BakerHicks’ director of Civil & Structural engineering, said:

“Ground engineering experience and knowledge is becoming increasingly important, not just in the rail sector, where we have proven capability, but also in other sectors where Paul’s skills and expertise will be of significant advantage as we look to expand.”

BakerHicks were recently appointed to the Geotechnical Lot for the North West and Scotland region on the Network Rail Design Services Framework covering CP6.