Multi-disciplinary consulting engineering firm, Patrick Parsons, has been appointed to provide civil, structural and geo-environmental services for the development of a former gas works site in Brownhills, Walsall.
Through its Birmingham office, Stewart & Harris, the firm will be delivering all the civil and structural engineering work needed on the site, while its environment and energy team based in the same office will be responsible for the geoenvironmental aspect of the development.
The project, which is due to start next month, is part of Walsall Housing Group’s Brownhills regeneration scheme and will see the site transformed into a 39-unit block of apartments which is part of wider scheme that will provide a mixture of social and private housing, including apartments for over 55s.
Stewart & Harris was appointed to work on the development alongside architects BM3 Architecture, due to its longstanding relationship with developer Kier Group and its civil and structural engineering expertise.
In addition, Patrick Parsons, which has eight UK-based and two international offices, was able to offer to assist with the geoenvironmental aspect of the project, as associate director of environment and energy, Chris Storey, joined the firm in December and is now based at the Birmingham office.
John Dyson, director of Stewart & Harris, said: “We are pleased to have been instructed to work on the Brownhills development – this project is a perfect fit for our residential experience. Having Chris Storey based in-house and working alongside our civil and structural specialists means we can now offer Kier Group, and indeed our other clients, all three disciplines from one office and therefore a joined up approach to multi-disciplinary projects such as this one.
“As always with this type of development, we may face issues such as unexpected ground conditions and ground contamination, but these can be dealt with quickly and effectively without causing delays as the teams will be working closely together throughout the project.”