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About Us

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Who We Are

We are an independent Building Services Consultancy providing national coverage specialising in all aspects of Mechanical, Electrical, Public Health and Sustainable Design services. Our clients repeatedly choose us for engineering design and consultancy services across a diverse range of built environment sectors with a strong focus on sustainable design and all that it represents in such a challenging time for the planet. We have an unparalleled reputation for our collaborative approach, technical expertise and reliable delivery and the willingness to take on the most challenging of projects.

Our business is owner managed, with shareholding extended from Directors to senior employees. Our people are our strength and we have many highly experienced, dedicated and long serving employees across the country. We nurture and facilitate life-long learning for all our employees to maximise their own potential and opportunities within the business and wider community. Our “Team Hulley” approach combined with our cultural, technical and skill diversity allows us to work collaboratively across all our offices ensuring the best service to every client on every project.

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Our History

In April 1953 Jack Hulley and Ian Kirkwood established Hulley & Kirkwood Consulting Engineers with the objective of providing a dedicated centre of excellence for Mechanical and Electrical engineering consultancy service. The business has grown organically over the years and with expansion into regional offices across the country now provides national coverage.

In April 2023 we celebrated the 70th anniversary of Hulley & Kirkwood and whilst the business has expanded and related specialist services added, it still holds true to the original ethos of its founding partners to provide a dedicated centre of excellence for Mechanical and Electrical Engineering consultancy.

Hulley & Kirkwood - Our Story so far...

Celebrating 70 Years of Making Buildings Work

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H&K’s team were very conscientious and knowledgeable in their fields of expertise, and critically were able to explain complex M&E designs and concepts in terms that were easy for a non- technical client team to understand.

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What We Do

Our core consultancy services include Mechanical and Electrical Building Services, Public Health Engineering, Sustainability and Energy Performance, Specialist Medical Gas Service and Strategic Facilities Management. We have complementary specialisms in Sustainable Low Carbon Design, Building Performance Certification, Building Physics Simulation, Digital Design and CDM Service.

We help our clients realise their built environment aspirations, whether a major new build or a small refurbishment, we draw on our extensive technical expertise and with our fellow professionals ensure successful project delivery. We thrive on complex and challenging building projects where we can demonstrate our design capabilities, developing innovative and sustainable design solutions for the Built Environment.

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Hulley & Kirkwood provided an excellent level of service throughout the Design, Procurement and Construction phases of the project with an in-depth knowledge of Public Health, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Services.

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How We Do It

We take a collaborative approach on our projects, working in an engaging and user-friendly manner. We encourage inclusivity of all project stakeholders and work in close and candid relationships with our fellow designers and project delivery teams.

We have a depth and breadth of Building Services Engineering expertise allowing us to form agile bespoke teams on our projects. Our experienced engineers are flexible in their approach, finding creative and innovative Building Services Engineering solutions to the day-to day technical challenges of the modern Built Environment. Our design strategies are developed to be sustainable, robust and resilient, supporting Modern Methods of Construction and offering best value.

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Who We Work With

We provide our consultancy services across wide range of built environment sectors including; healthcare, education, commercial, retail & leisure and defence. We work directly with clients, both public and private sector, with lead designers, project managers and architects and also directly with developers and contractors. Our partners value our technical skills and collaborative engagement.

We have long-established working relationships with clients and fellow professionals. We undertake many projects through repeat business and long-term frameworks and partnerships with clients and contractors. Our experienced and agile teams provide service on projects from large scale new builds and campus developments to smaller scale refurbishment and redevelopments.

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We have been fortunate to collaborate with H&K on a plethora of projects, with consistently excellent performance in all areas, we will continue to choose H&K as one of our preferred consulting engineers.

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Our Sustainable Future

We all carry a burden of responsibility in this time of Climate Emergency, we must take-action now to ensure a sustainable future for ourselves and for future generations. The construction industry and designers of the built environment have a significant role to play. Demonstrating our commitment to a sustainable future, we are signatories to “Engineers Declare” the global petition of the built environment engineering profession to take positive action in response to climate breakdown and biodiversity collapse.

As designers of the Built Environment we work with our clients to develop building designs achieving industry leading energy and sustainability metrics as we strive for a carbon neutral future. Sustainable design principles are embedded in all our services, prioritising passive design measures, minimising energy consumption, reducing carbon emissions and ensuring operational buildings maintain or improve their performance.

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We are passionate about sustainability, we were among the first signatories to Building Service Engineers Declare movement and we continue to contribute to the steering group. We are committed to these aims and will work in collaboration with industry to minimise the impact of our designs and help our clients achieve their sustainability goals.

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Our Values

We are committed to being a socially responsible business and our values embrace equality and diversity, community engagement and sustainable operational practices.

As an employer we recognise the value of diversity whatever your background or identity and we foster a culture of inclusivity.

We believe in engaging with our communities. We have long standing relationships with local charities, helping with fundraising and supporting events. We have strong ties with our local, schools, colleges and universities, promoting our engineering industry and providing opportunities for work-experience and placements.

As a business we are addressing our own operational carbon footprint through measurement and reduction of our carbon emissions and we are delighted to have achieved the certified Carbon Neutral International Standard with the One Carbon World scheme.

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We strive to develop the best designs for our projects, helping our clients create and operate successful building environments through sustainable solutions. We have played our part in the design of many award-winning projects.

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