26 August 2010
Ian Roberts, Director, Capita Symonds (left),
and Chris Roberts, Senior Engineer, Capita Symonds
Capita Symonds, one of the UK’s leading property and
infrastructure consultancies, has opened a new office in
The office - at Tower Court, Oakdale Road - will initially
employ 12 staff providing civil and structural engineering services
to projects across the rail sector.
The £272.2m company, which employs over 4,500 people at over 60
UK and international offices, also has ambitious plans to expand
its York business during the next 15 months into an operation
employing 30 staff with a turnover of £3.5m.
...we will be establishing a strong presence in York which will enable us to further develop our business across the Yorkshire and Humberside region.
Ian Roberts, Director, Capita Symonds, explains: “Capita Symonds
is one of the UK’s leading companies working in the infrastructure
sector. As we are successfully bucking the national downturn trend
thanks to contracts on major projects such as Crossrail, we’re
implementing ambitious plans to expand our operations across the
country. As part of this strategy we will be establishing a strong
presence in York which will enable us to further develop our
business across the Yorkshire and Humberside region.
Although we’ll initially be specialising in projects across the
rail sector, in order to facilitate our ambitious plans for growth
we’ll be offering a number of services such as civil and structural
engineering, property, landscape and urban design, and project
management to schemes across a wide range of sectors and
Capita Symonds has an enviable track record in establishing new
offices across the North. For example, our Durham office, opened in
2003 with just eight staff, now has 42 employees and a turnover of
Although the new York office is the company’s first in North
Yorkshire, Capita Symonds has been working in South Yorkshire for
some time. The company has been working in Sheffield since the
1980s and currently employs nearly 100 people in the city. Flagship
projects include Velocity Village – one of the biggest mixed-use
developments in Yorkshire – and iQuarter, a mixed-use development
featuring a spectacular 16-storey curved glass tower overlooking
the River Don.
In May 2008 Capita Symonds acquired the Sheffield M&E
engineering consultancy Pearce Buckle (Design Engineers), one of
the UK’s leading engineering consultancies in the custodial sector.
Later that year it also acquired another company with Sheffield
roots - structural engineering consultancy NRM Bobrowski, a
specialist in sports stadia projects such as the redevelopment of
Epsom Downs racecourse and Lords Cricket Ground.