This month sees ten years since Adept business partners, Erol Erturan, Richard Parker and Matthew Ramsden first set up business in 2007.
AFTER 10 YEARS ENGINEERS CONTINUE TO ‘ADEPT’
Leeds based Adept Civil and Structural Consulting Engineers is celebrating ten years in business this month. The firm, which started when three former colleagues set up in business together, now employs 30 people and has a turnover of almost £2 million.
Business partners, Erol Erturan, Matthew Ramsden and Richard Parker, who had worked together for a number of years at the Leeds office of a large multi-national consulting engineering practice set up Adept in 2007.
Erol says: “We felt it was the right time for us to branch out together and a number of key clients supported us with our new venture, many of whom we still work for today. The first few months of the business were fairly low key, but when we won a civil and structural engineering commission to work on a £12m office park development at Birchwood, Warrington for Marshall CDP, we set on our first members of team, and that’s when our growth journey really began.
“This project was followed by several notable wins for clients including Park Lane Properties, retail giant Next, and Yorkshire Housing, and by the end of 2007 Adept had grown to seven staff members including our very first Apprentice.”
Over the last ten years turnover has quadrupled to £1.75m. The company now works for many regional and national construction and development firms including Strategic Team Group, McCarthy & Stone, Simons Construction, Marshall Construction, Interserve, Asda, Next PLC and Town Centre Securities.
Erol says: “It’s been an incredible 10 years, where we have continued to grow, expand and invest in our business, service offering and our people. In fact, we opened a Manchester city centre office at the end of 2015 in response to winning a range of high profile contracts throughout the North West, and that’s proved to be very successful.”
Projects that Adept is currently working on in Manchester include Marshall CDP’s £20million transformation of Gateway House, known as the ‘lazy S’ building, next to Piccadilly Station, into a 182-bedroom aparthotel that incorporates retail and office space. In addition the company is working on a number of affordable housing schemes in the North West including 125 homes across two sites in Telford and 20 homes near Leyland for Strategic Team Group.
Erol adds: “As well as our geographical expansion we now have a fulltime apprenticeship programme in place and we became the first civil and structural engineering practice in the country to be awarded with the coveted Building Research Establishment (BRE) Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 Business Systems Certification. Only three other businesses in the whole of the UK had achieved this at the time. We are also one of the few engineering firms to offer aerial site photography after investing heavily in a state of the art photography drone and a specialist qualification for its operator.
“We are continually adapting to the industry in which we operate and our most recent addition to our client offering is an innovative laser point cloud scanning service, which enables us to produce highly detailed and accurate 3D models of buildings, landscapes and sites, as part of a major investment in technology.
“It’s the investment in both the technology and our people that has helped to support our growth, and this is something we will continue to do over the next 10 years. We have many valued clients and have worked on some very exciting projects since we set up. Recent stand out schemes we have been involved with in Yorkshire include the work we did to help strengthen Scarborough’s iconic Peasholm Glen Bridge and the specialist structural designs we created for a new, state of the art, £9.5m spa expansion at Rudding Park in Harrogate. The breadth and variety of our client base continues to grow and I’m very excited about the projects we will be working on and the people we will be doing business with in the future.”
Adept predominantly works across the commercial, warehousing, retail, ecclesiastical, educational, healthcare, food processing and residential sectors, providing a full range of civil and structural engineering solutions. These include surveys and reports, feasibility advice for new schemes, BIM services, geo-environmental studies, site investigations, conceptual and detailed drawings, flood-risk and drainage assessments as well as highway design.