TGA Directors (L to R) Stephen Olley, Jason Jobes, Scott Graham and Graeme Carr celebrate TGA’s 60th anniversary in the recently refurbished Grade II* listed Neville Hall, central Newcastle, in which they played a key engineering consultancy role.

Over 75 per cent of 2022/23 target workload confirmed in only three months

TGA Consulting Engineers (TGA), an expert provider of consulting engineering services, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this month with over 75 per cent of its targeted workload for the current financial year already confirmed in only three months.

The firm, which employs 45 staff and is headquartered in Durham with additional offices in Newcastle, Leeds, Stevenage and London, typically works on projects valued at between £6m and £60m, providing design and consultancy services across building performance, building services engineering, specialist lighting design and low carbon design.

Business has flourished over the last twelve months, with TGA recently making eight appointments to provide additional resource across its Leeds, Durham and Newcastle offices to cope with the demand for its services across a wide variety of new and existing buildings.

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With a focus on decarbonisation, TGA is also celebrating some key project wins, working with Newcastle City Council on a £16m Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) – a government-backed scheme which provides grants for public sector bodies to fund decarbonisation and energy efficiency measures – the £8.3m Morrison Busty Low Carbon Facility for Durham County Council and the Durham Custody Suite for Durham Constabulary.

Speaking about TGA’s success and longevity, Scott Graham, director at TGA, said: “We are all delighted with the way the company is performing. The world has moved on quite some way since we were established, but we have always been committed to keeping abreast of advances in modern building technology – and there have been many in our sector – as well as growing organically.

“We have a good conversion rate of winning work at around 35 per cent, which helps, along with a great deal of repeat business from design team partners.

“We are also proud to regard ourselves as champions of workforce diversity and currently employ engineering professionals from Singapore, Malaysia, India and Burundi and are viewed as a good training ground for school and college leavers. In fact, our recent appointment of four graduate engineers will provide a platform for the future growth of the business.”

As the world came out of lockdown, TGA took advantage of £250,000 funding from the North East Growth Capital Fund, supported by the European Regional Development Fund, to restructure the

business and implement its diversification strategy, which includes plans to double turnover in the next five years as well as open further offices in the West, North West and South West.

With the development and growth of TGA’s Building Performance team, TGA director, Jason Jobes, believes this has led to the firm being able to work for some of the region’s most successful architects. He said:

“The use of energy in new and existing buildings is of the utmost importance as part of the climate emergency and with more and more clients adopting a net zero carbon approach, our work is increasingly informing the wider architectural design of buildings to allow them to be constructed with the lowest possible carbon footprint. As a result, we are valued by both our architecture clients as well as contractors.

“The funding we received enabled us to not only improve TGA’s own technology infrastructure but also to expand and strengthen our team to take advantage of the growing importance of environmental performance within building design.”

While TGA has a solid reputation within the historic buildings sector, for the future, the team aims to strengthen its position in healthcare, education and leisure.

Other current projects include parts of the redevelopment of Pilgrim Street in Newcastle, Durham University’s Boldon House refurbishment, the renovation and improvement of buildings at Raby Castle, new projects at Sunderland Royal Hospital and a range of leisure centres at Chester le Street, Bishop Auckland and Marple in Stockport.

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