Fast facts

Hydrock is a British-owned engineering design, energy and sustainability consultancy, with social value running through everything we do.

The backstory

  • 1995: founded by our current CEO, Dr Brian McConnell
  • 2008: acquired Bristol-based Structures One as part of an expansion of our multi-disciplinary service offering
  • 2014: completed investment in Nuclear Management Consultancy Ltd (NMCL) to establish prominence in the nuclear sector working with operators and regulators in all areas of safety management
  • 2017: expanded service offering through launch of teams specialising in smart energy and sustainability, and fire safety engineering
  • 2019: acquired Yorkshire-based MRB Consulting Engineers as part of an expansion in northern England and our building services and energy and sustainability capability
  • 2020: Ronnie McCombe, a former senior Partner and member of the Board at KPMG, appointed as our Non-Executive Chairman
  • 2021: acquired Kelly Taylor & Associates (KTA), the preeminent building services and sustainability consultancy in the logistics and distribution sector
  • 2021: two new main board appointments made with Catriona Tully appointed as Chief Commercial Officer and Dr Scott Elliott, promoted to Chief Operating Officer

Key numbers

  • 700 people UK-wide (December 2021)
  • 20 locations, including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol, Glasgow, Cardiff and Southampton
  • 7 consecutive listings in the 100 Best Large Companies to Work For study, up to and including 2021

Most recent award accolades

  • University of the West of England (UWE) Faculty of Engineering building named Project of the Year, and Social Infrastructure Project of the Year at the British Construction Industry Awards 2021
  • Employer of the Year at the Cardiff Property Awards 2021
  • Gold Medal award at 2021 Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) in recognition of five consecutive years at gold standard
  • UK Hydrographic Office headquarters crowned ‘Best of the Best’ at the British Council for Offices (BCO) awards 2021, and Corporate Workplace
  • Consultancy of the Year at the Bristol Property Awards 2021
  • Consultancy of the Year at the Insider Wales Property Awards 2020
  • English National Ballet headquarters, London, named Architect’s Journal, Building of the Year 2020, and RIBA London Building of the Year 2021
  • The Wave Bristol named Cultural & Leisure Project of the Year at the British Construction Industry Awards 2020

Our pledges, commitments and memberships

  • Committed to be a net-zero business by 2030, with a published ‘roadmap’
  • Signed up to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)
  • Member of Business in the Community (BITC)
  • Member of the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC)
  • Member of the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC)
  • Member of the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA)
  • BAFE SP205 Gold Standard accreditation for Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment
  • Members of Women in Property
  • Cyber Essentials Plus accredited
  • UKAS accredited Safety Management System to ISO 45001 standard
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