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Black and White Engineering bolsters ranks by almost half to meet rising demand

A North East engineering company has reported significant growth, adding 22 people to its workforce in the last 12 months.

Black and White Engineering, which has offices in Newcastle, Edinburgh and London, has bolstered its headcount and invested heavily in its sustainability and BIM management teams.

The consultancy has experienced a rise in demand for its mechanical and electrical engineering design solutions, working with several new clients across the UK and Europe in the last year.

Recent projects include the £12 million construction of a 42,000sq ft purpose-built office and visitor centre for Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies (FDB) in Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees and the design for Newcastle United Foundation’s multi-million-pound three-storey community hub in the heart of Newcastle

Black and White is also engaged on a Net Zero Carbon (NZC) office complex as part of the South Shields riverside development.

Steven Horn, director at Black and White Engineering, said: “It’s been quite a year for businesses across all industries but, despite Covid-related challenges, we’ve powered ahead with our growth strategy.

“Through continued investment in our employees and infrastructure, we’re now in a strong position to take the business forwards and having moved to larger premises in Newcastle’s Generator Studios, as well as opening a third office in Edinburgh.

“Our growing, highly talented technical team share a great mindset and have worked incredibly hard to get the business to where it is today, leading the way in mechanical, electrical and public health (MEP) design.

“We’re working on exciting projects with some of the leading names in UK and European construction, development and architecture that showcase engineering design at its best.

“As well as office, mixed-use and commercial developments we are seeing huge growth in the specialist field of data centre design – an area that has continued to grow due to the demand for online services during the pandemic.”

The new recruits range from apprentice to director level, with nine team members joining the London office, another nine in Newcastle and a further four employees onboarded in Black and White’s new workplace in Edinburgh.

The UK division of Black and White was established seven years ago, starting with just one employee.

Now boasting a 50 strong team, with 26 staff permanently based in the Newcastle office, the focus for the next five years is continued expansion, working on local, national and international MEP design projects.

The company employs another 150 specialists in the Middle East and overseas.

Steven added: “We’re hugely invested in the future of UK engineering, as well as leading the way when it comes to sustainable design and delivery.”