BSP Consulting director Clive Roddick and regional manager Russell Thompson

Civil and structural engineering firm BSP Consulting has expanded to open a fourth office.

The company, which is based in Nottingham and has offices in Derby and Leicester, has opened its first office outside of the East Midlands with a branch in Sheffield.

The company has forged strong links with Sheffield over the past few years, working on a number of high-profile projects in the city and its vicinity, including the large SWaN regeneration scheme of the Scowerdons, Weakland and Newstead estates which is on-going.

“We have now decided that the time is right to have a permanent presence in Sheffield and open our fourth office in the city,” said BSP Consulting managing director David Sumner.

“Our aim has been to continue the gradual expansion of BSP Consulting, which we have achieved since launching the company in Nottingham in 1999 by opening offices in Derby and then in Leicester.

“Although these are still challenging times in the construction industry, we are taking an optimistic view and see this as a very positive move towards boosting our future and developing new markets.”

The new office will be run by BSP’s regional manager Russell Thompson, with technical and business support from BSP founding directors Clive Roddick and David Sumner, and associate director Jef Todd.

Based at Vincent House, Solly Street, Sheffield, the new office opened in early September.

BSP’s past projects in Sheffield include the £12 million Leopold Square mixed use development featuring a hotel, music venue, commercial outlets and apartments. The company was also involved in the first phase of the £51 million Kelham Island scheme to regenerate a former industrial area to create 146 apartments, 800 bed student accommodation and 3,000 sqm of commercial and retail space.

The firm is also supporting the next generation in Sheffield to learn about construction and recently delivered a session on sustainable drainage systems (SUDS) to year 10 students taking a diploma in construction. The students are taught at the Construction Design Centre, Sheffield, which is sponsored by Frank Haslam Milan as part of the commitment to the Sheffield Homes project, which BSP is involved in.

BSP Consulting, which has offices at Pride Park, Derby, Oxford Street, Nottingham, and De Montfort Street, Leicester, was founded in 1999 by directors David Sumner, Martin Breakwell, Mark Rayers and Clive Roddick. It now employs around 40 staff, working across all civil and structural engineering disciplines.

It was named Consultant of the Year 2009 at the East Midlands Property Dinner. The firm provides a comprehensive range of consultancy services to all sectors of the construction community, from architects, project managers and contractors to developers and estate agents.

BSP director Clive Roddick said: “We are very pleased to have opened our fourth office and to now have a permanent presence in the city of Sheffield. It means we now have branches in four major cities, and will help us to raise our profile in the Yorkshire area.”

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