Jobs boost for Leeds as engineers secure work on Yorkshire schemes

A Leeds firm of engineers is set to create jobs after a move to larger offices to accommodate growing demand for its services.

Andrew Fairburn (sitting on bench) and some of the RWO team who have moved to larger offices to accommodate growth and demand for services

RWO, which opened for business in 2019 in Leeds providing a range of civil and structural engineering services, has secured an additional 1,000 sq. ft. of space at its city centre Park Place site, more than doubling current office capacity.

The move follows 18 months of growth for the firm, which continues to recruit engineers and other support roles, despite the uncertainties caused by the pandemic.

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A spokesman said: "The work to support Opus North and Rougemont’s development of a new 43-acre logistics park on the site of the former RAF Dalton in Thirsk - a move that will create 650,000 sq. ft. of employment space - is among projects driving growth for the 22-strong firm, which is targeting revenues in excess of £2m in the next 12 months."

Other new contracts include engineering development work for Berkley DeVere developments in Harrogate, a 200-plot residential scheme in Harrogate for Countryside Properties and various commercial projects for the Lindum Group and Hargreaves Land.

Andrew Fairburn, director of the Leeds office, said the management team will be eyeing further expansion in the next 12 months on the back of a healthy order book and investment in more skilled staff.

He said: “We are busier than ever, investing to secure growth and increase our footprint with a business that’s on the rise. The move supports our strategic growth plans, allowing us

to take advantage of rising enquiry levels and orders in recovering commercial construction markets and a robust residential house-building sector.

“Additional space provides the room for growth, enabling the team to better serve existing and future customers. It represents the next chapter for the business, laying firm foundations as we continue to go from strength-to-strength.”