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WSP boosts its Leeds environment and engineering teams

Leading professional services consultancy WSP in Leeds has appointed two senior roles and recruited a number of new positions, including an apprentice, to its Leeds team, as it looks to secure further contracts in Yorkshire’s environment and engineering sectors.

The environment team in Leeds is currently working on a number of high profile projects across the country – including a feasibility and options appraisal report on two former landfill sites as part of the Western Growth Corridor – a £250 million development in Lincoln.

Jordan Mayes joins the team as senior engineer in acoustics, having previously managed the assessment of construction noise for the proposed works at Euston Station, as part of the HS2 Environmental Statement.

Jordan, who has five years’ experience in the sector immediately will work on high-rise residential developments throughout the UK and The Haymarket, one of the last prime development sites in Edinburgh.

Commented Jordan: “In the acoustics industry WSP are synonymous with exciting, innovative projects, both in the UK and overseas, and the opportunity to join WSP’s acoustics team and to help the Acoustic capability in the North was too good to miss out on.

Brandon Waddington has begun a highly sought after three-year apprenticeship, also in WSP Leeds’s environment team – specialising in land restoration and ground engineering – putting him on track to achieving his life-long wish to be an engineer.

The 17 year old from Wakefield and a former student at Bradford Academy combines studies for a GNVQ in Civil Engineering with his role at WSP which will include geotechnical project work, training in drawing, collecting and processing ground investigation data.

Brandon said: “I’ve wanted to be an engineer since I was small and the subjects I enjoyed most at school were maths and physics.

“Apprenticeships are hard to get, as there are more people wanting to learn in the workplace than there are posts, so I feel very lucky to have been given this opportunity.

“Already I can see that there are many different paths you can take, beyond civil and structural engineering, and I’m already the varied working week.”

WSP in Leeds, which offers multidisciplinary consultation services, has also added to the environment team, ecologist, Philip Dutt and, to the engineering infrastructure team, senior engineer Michal Lukianowicz.

The new appointments are part of a world-wide recruitment drive by the company over the next two years.

WSP’s in Leeds is currently working on a number of major projects in the region including the West Yorkshire Transport Fund; a transportation study for the Department for Transport (DfT) to examine options for improving connectivity to Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBIA) and the team recently hosted a one-off seminar to present the opportunities High Speed Rail could bring to the Leeds City Region. WSP has 18 offices nationwide and employs 2,600 across the UK and 17,500 globally.

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