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02 MAR 2022

DAVID NARRO ASSOCIATES OPENS FIRST OFFICE OUTSIDE SCOTLAND

Structural and civil engineering consultancy David Narro Associates (DNA) has continued its expansion by opening a new office in Newcastle, its first location outside Scotland.

The DNA office in Newcastle is the firm’s sixth and is based at Hoults Yard in the Quayside and Ouseburn area of Newcastle. Hoults Yard, is a business village occupying the converted 19th century buildings of the former Malings Pottery, a jam jar factory built in the 1870s and taken over by the Hoult family in 1948. 

DNA is joining an eclectic mix of small and medium enterprises at its new location, including architects, other engineers, environmental consultants, PR and marketing agencies, artists, charities, film and media companies. The new space will be an ideal base from which to grow the practice in the north east of England and further afield and the new DNA team in Newcastle has hit the ground running with a broad range of projects already on the go. 

Working from the Newcastle office will be senior engineers Bill Calder and Jennifer Hogarth (pictured above outside the new office). Calder has a keen interest in conservation and architectural engineering while Hogarth, who has worked in the north east for some years, brings established contacts in the area as well as extensive experience in residential properties and multi-storey buildings.

Calder, who has spent the previous seven years working from David Narro Associates' Edinburgh office, said: “I’m really excited at the opportunity to build David Narro Associates' presence in the north east of England. We’ve provided engineering consultancy to architects and developers on multiple projects in the area over the years, but this work has been done from our Edinburgh and Glasgow offices. Now that we’re building a team locally, with a physical office here in Newcastle, we’ll be much better placed to work collaboratively with our project partners– something we really pride ourselves on.”

David Narro Associates' managing director, Ben Adam, commented: “I’m delighted that the Newcastle base is opening, as we’ve been considering expanding our presence to England for some time. There’s a great surge of development in the region, which ties in really well with the architectural engineering side of our business. It’s also a region with an abundance of historic properties and estates and we believe our expertise in conservation and refurbishment will be a great asset to local architects, developers and property owners.”

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