Top civil engineer joins city centre consultancy

Andrew Hardy

A leading Midland civil engineer has joined fast growing civil and structural engineering consultancy CWA Ltd.

Andrew Hardy has joined the Birmingham-based consultancy as an associate civil engineer responsible for the day to day management of the CWA civil engineering team. He was previously a senior engineer with Arup in Nottingham and Solihull, and spent three years working with Arup in Qatar.

He is the second former Arup senior engineer recruited by CWA in less than six months. Structural engineer Andrew Godber joined CWA as an associate structural engineer in October.

Andrew Hardy worked on several major projects in Qatar including the Qatar National Museum and the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies. He also worked in Moscow on a brewery development.

While at Nottingham he worked on airport expansion and highway improvement schemes. He is a chartered member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.

Aged 35, his areas of expertise included infrastructure design, highways, earthworks, utilities and flood risk.

CWA, based in Newhall Street, is celebrating record-breaking growth and expansion having secured several major contracts in the Birmingham and the surrounding region over the last year.

CWA director Steve Wedge said the consultancy saw the recruitment of two Arup-trained engineers as a major coup for CWA.

“We are expanding rapidly with a growing portfolio of projects. Getting someone with Andrew’s wide international experience will add to the capabilities of our excellent team,” he said.

Andrew Hardy, who lives in Birmingham and enjoys cycling, motorbikes and mountain climbing, said, “CWA has a reputation in Birmingham of securing major, high profile projects for blue chip clients. I am looking forward to helping the team continue its success.”

CWA Ltd was established in 2011 as Copeland Wedge Associates. The consultancy provides civil and structural design consultancy services to a wide range of sectors including leisure, residential, education, health, industrial, retail, infrastructure and public bodies.

Major clients include Willmott Dixon Construction and Housing, Balfour Beatty, Seven Capital, RO Developments, Prologis, IM Properties, Morgan Sindall, Seddon, Bullock Construction and Shropshire Housing Group.

The company has delivered buildings for major end-user clients including West Midlands Police, Birmingham City Council, Coventry City Council, Northamptonshire County Council, Housing 21, Midland Heart, Rooftop Housing, Orbit Homes, Chevin Homes, Wrekin Housing, University of Warwick, Aston University, Coventry Sports Foundation and Marks and Spencer.