Civil and structural engineering firm, Sutcliffe, has announced an 11% increase in profit for its last financial year (September 2018-September 2019), compared with the same period in the previous 12 months, which it says puts it ‘in a very strong position as the world deals with the current COVID-19 crisis’.
The multidisciplinary, BIM-accredited chartered consultant, which has offices in Liverpool, Manchester, North Wales, and London, has also seen ‘a steady increase in turnover’ against the backdrop of what it dubs ‘a strategic approach to growing the business in the next five years’. The company has enjoyed three consecutive years of growth.
Sutcliffe’s most recent commission is with Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust – which has instructed it to extend one of its previous buildings with architects, IBI Group, for a new suite of operating theatres at Wythenshawe Hospital. This multi-million pound project will be on site later this year. Other key projects over the past year have included checking and completing all the civil engineering designs for the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital; work on Ion Developments’ £50 m Lime Street scheme in Liverpool –
comprising a hotel, supermarket, and student accommodation, sandwiched between two listed buildings, ‘providing a new gateway to the city’s Knowledge Quarter’; the refurbishment of Europe’s largest brick-building, Tobacco Warehouse at Stanley Dock in Liverpool, into apartments, and the civil and structural engineering designs in Phase One of the conversion of the Grade II-listed former Royal Hospital Haslar in Gosport (a military hospital) into a luxury waterfront residential development.
Sutcliffe says it has also seen a 12.5% rise in staff during the last financial year, with more apprentices coming through the firm than ever before. It has trained 21 apprentices during the past 10 years, with a 76% retention rate after three years.
Managing director, Sean Keyes, said: “These are really positive results for Sutcliffe, which, crucially, provide a solid financial footing in such extraordinary challenging times. They underline the company’s strong reputation as a trusted provider of quality structural and civil engineering and geo-environmental services, and are testament to our growing team of skilled consultants, who time and time again deliver from concept to completion with authenticity and integrity. It is a fantastic way to celebrate 35 years of amazing success.”