With 119 years of experience designing and building infrastructure throughout the world, Burns & McDonnell has branched out into the UK. It aims to offer its experience in delivering power and energy as well as other critical infrastructure projects to the British market.
Jonathan Chapman, managing director, who will lead the UK business from Burns & McDonnell’s new office, says: “We are really excited to be establishing Burns and McDonnell’s first UK office here in Birmingham, in the heart of the West Midlands. The company is looking to expand and the UK is an obvious market in terms of infrastructure and commonality of engineering practice and compliance. We want to build on our track record and use our experience to deliver in the UK.
“We are facing disruptive challenges in the electric industry here in the UK. These challenges require innovation in the types of investment and technology deployment to support renewable energy, energy storage, connection of new nuclear and the shift to electric vehicles. It’s a natural evolution as resources and supporting technology get pushed to achieve even higher levels of grid performance. We are looking forward to investing here and building our business here.”
Chapman says the firm’s diverse business offerings — ranging from power and energy to aviation and water — will allow clients to receive a seamless service delivery from one team.
Jonathan brings more than 25 years of experience across the infrastructure sector, leading teams in securing and delivering projects in the power, water, telecom and gas sectors. He has been instrumental in enabling businesses to deliver complex solutions to client needs, working on programmes of work valued near £5 billion in the UK.
Chapman’s first UK team member is business development director, Jeff Casey. Casey is a leader in the firm’s Transmission & Distribution Group that has been responsible for helping clients deliver more than £20 billion in projects over the past decade. Skilled in project development, execution and innovative technology deployments, Casey has served as an engineering lead, project manager, and business development manager on some of the largest energy delivery projects in the US. In this new role, Casey will bring his breadth of experience to the UK and will serve as a liaison between the US and the UK businesses to provide seamless integration of operations and culture.