Sunderland engineering firm eyes growth with BIC move

DTA Consulting Engineers is marking its thirtieth year in business with a move to new premises at the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC), in Sunderland.

The move will allow the business, previously based in Washington, to facilitate upcoming plans to expand its workforce in the coming months.

This will, in turn, enhance the engineering consultancy’s customer relationships across the region, improving its capacity to meet demand across its structural, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering divisions.

Civil Engineering Partner Kevin Hands explained the effect the move will have on the multi-disciplinary consultancy.

“Our team of engineering specialists provide services across all disciplines which enables us to provide a complete service for projects operating in partnership with our clients to achieve successful, often innovative solutions and outcomes”, said Kevin.

“Whether it’s to manage a full-scale construction project or a single residential property, we have the in-house expertise to provide practical solutions to ensure projects run smoothly and to budget.”

Now occupying over 1,300 sq ft in office space, DTA will continue to build on its reputation across the region and the rest of the UK as well as grow its team which includes several new graduate roles.

Kevin continues:

“We currently employ 18 staff, seven of which are based here in Sunderland. We are passionate about providing opportunities to attract talented individuals and are currently interviewing graduates from local universities.

“We chose the BIC due to the location and its fresh, modern working space which was completely customised and reconfigured to suit our requirements.

“In particular, we like the lively environment. With the various businesses located across such a large site, you might assume contact with your business neighbours would be difficult.

“However due to the various communal areas, the café and networking events at the BIC, we are encouraged to network and get to know local businesses.”

Donna Surtees, Centre manager at the BIC, added: “Here at the BIC our services are designed to bring businesses together allowing them to network and be part of a supportive community.

“It’s important for us to work closely with businesses and offer a flexible approach to customising space and I am delighted to welcome DTA to their brand new home.”