Portland Consulting Engineers has boosted its workforce with the appointment of three new staff following across-the-board growth in 2016.
The increase in its workforce sees the civil and structural engineering consultancy’s staff levels at an all-time high, totalling 17, as it moves towards its targets to double turnover by the end of the financial year.
Among the new recruits is a chartered structural engineer, a civil engineering technician and an apprentice civil engineering technician.
The appointment of Jonathan Eeles as senior structural engineer strengthens the structural division. With over 16 years of experience producing large-scale structural projects within the region, Jonathan will enhance the capabilities of the business in various sectors, as well as managing a mentoring programme for the younger employees.
Joe Ryans has joined the firm as a civil engineering technician with more than ten years’ experience working in the North East. The 28-year-old will be sharing his extensive residential knowledge gained from working on key projects such as The Rise in Scotswood and Tunstall Grange in Ryhope. Joe will also work alongside the firm’s engineers to help deliver new housing schemes, as well as varied commercial, retail and industrial projects.
Completing the new appointment line-up is Kieran Costello, who has joined the firm as an apprentice civil engineering technician as he works towards his National Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment at Newcastle College.
Amid a steady influx of new work, Portland’s managing director Lee Barr says: “We are continuing to pick up many new and varied projects, so our new appointments will help us bring these schemes to life and continue to deliver an exceptional service to clients.
“As a business we’re committed to recruiting, developing and retaining the very best people. These latest appointments complement our strategic growth and ongoing expansion as a renowned consultancy with a great presence in the North East.”