Solid foun­da­tion for suc­cess

Ni con­struc­tion firm Cu nd all con­tin­ues to grow as projects pass £2bn­mark

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - Front Page - BY RYAN MCALEER

A MA­JOR UK en­gi­neer­ing con­sul­tancy firm headed by a Co Ty­rone man has passed the £2bn mark for con­struc­tion projects in North­ern Ire­land since set­ting up in Belfast 10 years ago.

Cun­dall now em­ploys 900 peo­ple across 21 of­fices, work­ing in 11 coun­tries. It was set up in the north east of Eng­land in 1976.

It first ex­panded into North­ern Ire­land in 2008, but since the ap­point­ment of Cook­stown man To­mas Nee­son as man­ag­ing part­ner in 2014, the firm has rapidly grown here.

In the past three years alone, Cun­dall’s work­force has in­creased four-fold, with its project port­fo­lio in­clud­ing the £220m up­grade of Ul­ster Hos­pi­tal, Queen’s Univer­sity’s new In­sti­tute of Maths and Physics and re­cent ren­o­va­tions at en­ter­tain­ment and ed­u­ca­tion at­trac­tion W5.

The com­pany spe­cialises in me­chan­i­cal, elec­tri­cal, civil and struc­tural en­gi­neer­ing.

Speak­ing about the growth, Mr Nee­son said: “Cun­dall was orig­i­nally asked to come to North­ern Ire­land to sup­port ma­jor health­care projects.

“We knew from the start, how­ever, that there were more op­por­tu­ni­ties and we came with a view to re­cruit lo­cal tal­ent.”

The man­ag­ing part­ner said en­gi­neer­ing tal­ent from North­ern Ire­land has played a key role in its suc­cess, not just in the Belfast of­fice, but in its of­fices across the world, in­clud­ing Mel­bourne.

“In the past 25 years they have helped lead and grow our in­ter­na­tional busi­ness and we re­main com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for as many grad­u­ates and trainees as pos­si­ble to de­velop long-term ca­reers in the built en­vi­ron­ment,” Mr Nee­son said.

“We are con­stantly striv­ing to of­fer more to clients and the re­cent ex­pan­sion of our lo­cal of­fer­ing to in­clude fire en­gi­neer­ing con­sul­tancy demon­strates this com­mit­ment.”

Re­cent ac­counts for Cun­dall showed its an­nual turnover has now passed £60m.

Clients in­clude Rolls-royce, Jaguar Land Rover, Sainsbury’s, Face­book and John Lewis Part­ner­ship.

“We are con­stantly ask­ing what more we can do, and are heav­ily in­vested in both the in­creas­ing health and well­be­ing agenda in all oc­cu­pied spa­ces, and in dig­i­tal en­gi­neer­ing, which will be trans­for­ma­tional in our sec­tor,” Mr Nee­son added.

“Our suc­cess in Belfast is based on our prac­tice-wide ethos of pro­vid­ing ‘clever friendly engi­neers’ who de­liver in­no­va­tive solutions and ex­em­plary ser­vice. Our aim is to en­sure clients re­ceive an end prod­uct that is aligned to their brand as­pi­ra­tions and cul­ture.”

Belfast-based me­chan­i­cal as­so­ci­ate Yvonne Mcnally said Cun­dall has worked across a range of ma­jor health, com­mer­cial, res­i­den­tial and ed­u­ca­tion con­struc­tion projects.

“Re­cent growth in Belfast has been ex­cep­tional and head­count has in­creased to help meet de- mand,” she said. “We also col­lab­o­rate closely with the wider Cun­dall busi­ness, par­tic­u­larly our Dublin of­fice, on projects for global brand clients.

“Fur­ther growth is an­tic­i­pated lo­cally, es­pe­cially in the res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial sec­tors. All of Cun­dall’s projects are led by our part­ners who are fully in­volved from con­cep­tion to han­dover.

“The firm has also in­vested heav­ily in IT to en­sure that staff and clients can fully ac­cess the tal­ent avail­able in our global net­work.”

Ac­cord­ing to Cun­dall, sus­tain­abil­ity is at the core of its op­er­a­tion. In 2012 it be­came the world’s first con­sul­tancy to be for­mally en­dorsed as a ‘One Planet Com­pany’ by the sus­tain­abil­ity char­ity Biore­gional.

“We pro­vide our clients with prac­ti­cal ad­vice and solutions, which re­duce the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of de­vel­op­ments, and pro­vide bet­ter spa­ces for build­ing users and oc­cu­piers, as well as for the wider com­mu­nity,” the firm said.

From left: Cun­dall as­so­ci­ate Chris Mcanear­ney, me­chan­i­cal as­so­ci­ate Yvonne Mcnally and global man­ag­ing part­ner To­mas Nee­son

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