Engineering design firm sets its sight on European expansion following key appointments

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A leading sustainable MEP design consultancy has made several key promotions across the business as it steps up its strategic growth plans.

Black and White Engineering (B&W), with offices around the globe, has announced the appointment of Scott Wilson as UK and Europe regional head of sustainability, three technical directors, Charlie Bater, Karl Snowball and Grant Dalgleish, who were previously associate directors, and two new associate directors, Jonathan Robinson-Hoare and Craig England, who step up from principal engineer roles.

In the last 12 months, the consultancy has grown its UK and Europe headcount by 83%, and now employs a number of specialists across the UK with offices in Newcastle, Edinburgh and London.

As the new UK and Europe regional head of sustainability – previously UK head of sustainability at B&W – Scott is responsible for the development and delivery of B&W’s sustainability agenda, both as a business and in the projects delivered for clients. Scott and his team’s specific sector experience and depth of technical knowledge enable B&W to position themselves as a leading MEP design consultancy for innovative, sustainable design, nationally and globally.

Scott Wilson said: “Our sustainability expertise has played a key role in our growth and seen us secure large-scale projects, including data centre design, as well as commercial property. For example, such as Sedgefield-based NetPark, where low carbon design is fundamental and Warwick Building in Kensington, a refurbishment project targeting BREEAM Excellent and WELL Gold that will almost half its current carbon emissions.

“We’ve also made our own commitment to sustainability, setting an ambitious target of becoming Net Zero Carbon by 2030. As part of our pledge, B&W has committed to measuring and reporting its greenhouse gas emissions on a regular basis and implementing decarbonisation strategies through real business changes and innovations, including efficiency improvements, incentivising sustainable transport and reduction of waste to landfills. We embed sustainable design across all of our projects and it’s a key driver in everything we do, and deliver, as a business.”

Technical directors Charlie Bater, Karl Snowball and Grant Dalgleish have a combined 45 years of experience in the MEP design sector. Karl has specific expertise in technical delivery and the development and implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) which enables the consultancy to improve design efficiency across all projects. Charlie is highly experienced in project delivery and ensuring design concepts are practically feasible predominantly in the data centre sector and Grant is a seasoned building services electrical engineer who leads the MEP design process across key data centre client projects.

Steven Horn, UK & Europe director at B&W Engineering, said: “Bolstered by our team’s expertise, knowledge and technical strength including our increased sustainability offering, we have experienced rapid global growth in the last two years. Our recent series of promotions are well deserved and each of them have played a key role in our organic growth and more than doubling our revenue.

“As we embark on our next stage of growth, we are focused on further expansion into Europe, where we’re planning to win more projects and work even more closely with all of our clients.  We’ve got an incredibly dedicated and highly skilled team that we not only continue to retain but develop and grow through a culture of excellence in people, design and service.”

New associate directors Jonathan Robinson-Hoare and Craig England have both been with B&W for over two years in their specialist engineering design roles. Craig has spent over 40 years in building services and has a diverse range of experience across retail, education, healthcare and mission-critical MEP design. Jonathan’s specific experience includes fundamental and outstanding knowledge of electrical engineering and how this influences the design of a data centre which plays a pivotal role in B&W’s delivery of data centre design projects.

B&W Engineering is a finalist in the 2022 Construction Excellence Awards North East. The winner will be announced later this year.

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