Another year of growth for engineering consultancy

LIVERPOOL based mechanical and electrical engineering design consultancy Steven Hunt Associates is celebrating another year of growth following a raft of new projects including The Royal Court, Mixenden Health Centre, Mowgli Street Food and Dogs Border Control at Stanstead. An impressive 2016 saw a 20% increase to £1.2million turnover, the firm has maintained its growth position for a second year and is starting 2017 ahead of projections.After delivering ACT II of The Royal Court refurbishment, the company has been commissioned to deliver ACT III, the third and final stage in the restoration of one of Liverpool’s most treasured theatres which is due to be completed in August of this year.Other client wins include Mixenden Health Centre, a Primary Care Centre in Halifax, Mowgli Street Food’s expansion into Leeds and work for the Dogs Border Control at Stanstead, which involves providing a suitably heated and ventilated environment for detection dogs all produced in BIM.Talking about the firm’s growth strategy, managing director, Steven Hunt said: “We have had a really steady period of growth, and after that huge 20% lift in 2016, we naturally thought that it would balance off, however are very pleased to see consistency in the growth. Taking part in Liverpool’s MIPIM campaign was part of the strategy for 2017, which helped us seal the deal on a 135 Apartment Extra Care facility for Helena Housing.“Steven Hunt Associates has traded in Liverpool for almost 30 years, the majority of our work is in Greater Manchester and further afield. A recent number of exciting new projects from all over the country has bolstered our recent growth and we have been appointed by The Royal Court in Liverpool to deliver the third and final stage of the ACT III refurbishment programme, working with Alfred Hall Monaghan Morris architects.”Gillian Miller, Chief Executive, Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre said: “When planning the refurbishment of The Royal Court, we appointed suppliers who are experts in their field and experienced in working with a Grade II listed building. Steven A Hunt Associates is everything we needed in an M&E consultant; the team listened to our needs and delivered amazing work during the ACT II programme. We are excited to see the work that their extremely talented team deliver for ACT III, the third and final stage of our refurbishment programme in Summer 2017.”The firm has attributed much of the growth to the attainment of BIM Level 2 accreditation within the practice.Steven Hunt elaborates: “Following the Government Construction Strategy in 2011, all construction suppliers tendering for centrally procured government projects had to be working at BIM Level 2 by Spring 2016. Steven Hunt Associates has been working towards gaining this since the announcement and gained full BIM Level 2 Certified Practitioner status earlier this year. This has been transformational for the firm, placing us ahead of our competition with full compliancy in tendering for public sector projects, such as the recently completed £5million The Walton Centre expansion.”BIM or Building Information Modeling is a collaborative way of designing buildings using 3D technology that involves architects, structural engineers, quantity surveyor and M&E designer working together to design a building.