Sweco expands Edinburgh operations

Published: 09 July 2018

The UK arm of Swedish engineering, environment and design consultancy Sweco has expanded its presence in Edinburgh, relocating to a new 14,000 sq ft office at Fountainbridge. We spoke to John Owens, the company’s director of design & consultancy for transportation.

Your business in brief

Sweco UK is an engineering consultancy with particular expertise in transport, energy, environment, asset management and sustainable buildings. We consult on projects across the UK and Ireland via our network of 14 regional offices.

Edinburgh is a city with a number of excellent universities, friendly culture and excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, so an ideal location for building our business.

John Owens, director of design and consultancy for transportation, Sweco UK

 

Our work has included playing a major role in internationally-significant schemes like the new Queensferry Crossing across the Firth of Forth, the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Bypass and Bloomberg’s new European headquarters in London, which set new records for sustainable design. We also provide services such as workplace travel planning for a number of local authorities including the City of Edinburgh Council.

We currently employ around 850 people in the UK and we’re a wholly owned subsidiary of Sweco, which is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. Our parent company has 14,500 employees and sales of around €1.8 billion.

Sweco is delivering multi-disciplinary work for the new 1.7 million sq ft Edinburgh St James development.

What's the rationale behind the Edinburgh office move?  

We’ve been in Edinburgh for more than 30 years and we see strong potential for growth in our business in Scotland. We currently employ 165 people in Edinburgh and the new office will give us the capacity to increase this to closer to 200.

Our Edinburgh team cover a wide range of disciplines, from asset management in the water industry through to highways infrastructure and associated environmental assessment work for Transport Scotland.

With our new office, we’re focusing on growing our market share in other service lines such as transport planning and our expertise in structural and sustainable design for buildings.

The expansion comes at a really exciting time for our UK business. We’ve just been recognised as a top ten civil engineering firm for the first time in the definitive industry ranking - the New Civil Engineer 100, which is compiled by the official magazine of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

What makes Edinburgh an attractive market for you?

Over the past 30 years, Edinburgh has been a key location for our business and our strategy is to continue to attract and retain the best talent in the industry and to set them to work on interesting projects, not just in the city but across the country.

Edinburgh is a city with a number of excellent universities, friendly culture and excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, so an ideal location for building our business.

We’ve recently been appointed to lead the £113m Cross Tay Link Road project on the outskirts of Perth, and we’re continuing to deliver multi-disciplinary work for the new 1.7 million sq ft Edinburgh St James development. Our transport team is also handling the route option development work for the upgrade of the A96 between Hardmuir and Fochabers.

Sweco provides qualified services in the fields of consulting engineering, environmental technology and architecture.

What's the vision for your business?

Our vision is to firmly establish ourselves as the most approachable and committed partner to clients.

We see our heritage in the Nordic region as a real strength and a differentiator in achieving this. The direction of travel in UK design is towards smart cities and sustainability – ideas which are well established in the Nordic region for some time.

Our access to market-leading experience across the wider Sweco group means we can bring that expertise to bear on UK projects. We believe this is a compelling proposition for or both clients and engineering talent in the market.  

 

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you and your business establish, relocate or expand within the city region, or would simply like more information about what Edinburgh has to offer, get in touch today.

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