Engineering, environment, design and regulatory consultancy Sweco has strengthened its Building Standards division with the appointment of three senior consultants as the business looks to drive growth across the North of England.
The investment in talent follows the launch of the new division late last year, which will provide clients with regulatory services in the areas of building regulation, CDM and quality assurance.
Jason Foster joins the company’s Leeds office from competitor Stroma as Operations Director. He brings over 30 years’ experience in delivering building regulation and fire safety requirements for some of the UK’s major public and commercial developments, which includes roles at Carillion and HCD Group.
Paul McClelland also joins the Leeds office from Stroma as Commercial Projects Director and has 15 years’ experience in delivering building regulations for a range of high-profile schemes across the UK. His previous positions include Associate Director level roles for Bureau Veritas Building Control Ltd and Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council.
Andrew Marsden will join Sweco’s Manchester office as Principal Building Control Surveyor, with 15 years behind him working for local authorities and approved inspectors.
The new hires will have a remit for growing the division’s Building Control service line across the North and supporting Sweco’s existing clients, providing advice on building regulations, compliance requirements and development performance.
The Building Standards division combines Sweco’s expertise in building engineering with the regulatory services of MLM Group, which the business acquired in 2019, to create one of the largest regulatory offerings in the UK and Ireland.
Paul Eggleton, Head of Sweco Building Standards, said: “Establishing a regional presence is vital to our future growth plans and these strategic appointments will strengthen our capability to advise clients on building regulations, compliance requirements and performance for major new developments across the North, from housing and commercial to education and healthcare.
“This investment will prove vital in building on the strength of our presence in the South East, where we have one of the largest Building Control teams in London, to develop a national footprint. We look forward to working with Jason, Paul and Andrew as we start an exciting period for the business.”