Engineering, management and development consultancy Mott MacDonald has moved to a new larger office in Birmingham having more than doubled its staff over the last five years to reach 550 people, with the office having space for up 700 people.
With continued growth forecasted, the move cements the consultancy’s commitment to clients and projects across the West Midlands.
Tim Fawcett, Mott MacDonald’s Birmingham city lead, said: “We’re delighted to open our vibrant, dynamic workspace in Birmingham and recognise the critical role the office plays in fostering our culture of collaboration, innovation and excellence.
“We continue to enjoy flexible working whilst continuing to provide inspiring office environments to bring our people, clients and collaborators together. This enables us to deliver outstanding projects and solutions that improve social outcomes for all communities across the West Midlands.”
The firm’s commitment to achieving net zero by 2040 led to them adopting a relocation and refurbishment construction approach rather than new build. The office, at Livery Street, is on track to receive a gold SKA rating, the highest standard for sustainable refurbishment with 100 best practice measures covering energy and CO2 emissions, waste, water, materials, pollution, wellbeing and transport. Mott MacDonald is a signatory to the West Midlands Net Zero Pledge and has validated science-based emission reduction targets in line with 1.5 degree trajectory.
Mott MacDonald has been operating in the Midlands for over 100 years. Their portfolio includes work on most of the railway stations currently under development and construction in the region, including University Station in Birmingham and influencing investment across all modes of transport over the next decade by helping the West Midlands Combined Authority write their Local Transport Plan. Mott MacDonald is also working in partnership to deliver the masterplan for Arden Cross, closing the health skills gap at the Midland Metropolitan University Hospital and identifying more than 4000 potential renewable energy and storage opportunities as part of the Solihull renewable energy project, which could deliver more than double the current electricity demand.
From its new Birmingham base, the consultancy will continue to deliver integrated design, engineering, advisory and management services across water, health, transport, energy, and the built environment. Mott MacDonald is also a longstanding commercial partner of the West Midlands Growth Company (WMGC) – the region’s official investment promotion agency – supporting key initiatives, such as the region’s drive to accelerate the net zero transition across its key sectors.
Andy Street, Mayor of West Midlands, officially opened the office and was guest of honour at a reception attended by the consultancy’s clients and partners.
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “Mott MacDonald has been involved with a number of major construction projects in our region – from the design of HS2 through to Sandwell Aquatics Centre that was front and centre in the spectacular 2022 Commonwealth Games. I will watch the firm’s continued progress with great interest – now from their new Birmingham headquarters – and very much welcome their efforts to help local people from a wide range of backgrounds to find rewarding careers in construction.”
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