Caulmert’s geotechnical offering goes from strength to strength with the promotion of David Kitching to associate engineer further supporting client relationships and the development of key projects.
Due to an influx of client wins, attention has turned to the continued growth of the engineering team, which is the consultancy’s biggest department with 25 members of staff.
With 20 years’ experience in the industry, David joined Caulmert in a principal role in February 2020, a challenging timeline as the country neared a national lockdown, but his sights are now set on maintaining the momentum of growing his team.
David said: “The progression to ‘associate’ was a welcome step up, as I’ve had the opportunity to assume more responsibility and have more involvement with the direction of the team.
“Our latest appointment, Callum Egan, was key to strengthening our offering and it has been fantastic to see him settle in so quickly and hit the ground running.
“The start of my career at Caulmert was certainly not what I envisioned, with the backdrop of a global pandemic. But the company adapted quickly, and I received plenty of support while I got to grips with the new role.
“It’s been a fantastic three years, working on some really interesting and varied assignments, alongside some highly talented individuals.”
Key schemes David has worked on include the Vale of York services for Welcome Break, providing expertise to feed into the build of a 40-metre single-span bridge over the A1M motorway, facilitating a connection to both carriageways.
A complex design, the geotechnical engineering team has focused on minimising long-term maintenance issues, by recommending materials such as weathering steel to achieve a 120-year design life.
David has also overseen enabling works on behalf of housing association Clwyd Alyn for its scheme of nearly 180 houses on a former industrial site in Acrefair, Wrexham.
Prior to submission for planning, the team has been involved in the treatment of nine coal shafts and shallow workings, as part of the preparations for the development.
David added: “The continued success of our department just goes to show how skilled the entire team is at adapting to different sectors and challenges.”
In line with the division’s growth, Caulmert is looking to appoint an additional geotechnical engineer, with a minimum of two years’ post-graduation experience.
Founded in 2009, Caulmert is on track to meet an ambitious growth and development plan.
Its expertise in a variety of planning, environmental and engineering disciplines is supported by its use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) to a level two standard in many of its projects.