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1953 - Formation

In April 1953 John “Jack” Hulley (Electrical Engineer) and Ian Kirkwood (Mechanical Engineer) formed a partnership to start a Practice of Electrical, Heating and Ventilation Consultants with offices in Elmbank Crescent Glasgow. 

With the formation of Hulley & Kirkwood Consulting Engineers their objective was to provide a dedicated centre of excellence for Mechanical and Electrical engineering consultancy service founded on their broad skill-base in Healthcare, Education and Industrial sectors projects.

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1960’s – Growth

The practice continued to expand in the 60’s. With office moves to larger premises in Lynedoch St and later to Woodside Place. 

Continuing and broadening sector experience with notable projects including; Raigmore Hospital and Kings Mill Hotel in Inverness and various projects in the industrial sector with Advanced Factory facilities for Scottish Industrial Estates.

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1970’s - Consolidation

With increasing staff numbers an additional neighbouring office building was acquired in Woodside Place, Glasgow.

In the education sector many new schools were delivered in this period. In the industrial sector Ballantine Whisky Distillery in Dumbarton was completed. This was also the start of a long-term relationship with Scottish & Southern Electricity Board (SSEB) with major refurbishment and new build projects at their headquarters campus in Cathcart. 

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1980’s - Expansion

With the growing number of major projects in Edinburgh the first Hulley & Kirkwood regional office was opened in 1986 giving a local presence in the city. 

Notable projects completed included; St John’s Hospital in Livingston, IBM Spango Valley manufacturing and office facilities in Greenock, the Sauchiehall Street Shopping Centre and the Scottish Event & Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow.

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1990’s - Regional Development

In July 1991 the firm was incorporated and registered as a Limited Company, Hulley & Kirkwood Consulting Engineers Ltd. Continuing to expand geographically, new regional offices were opening in London and Birmingham in 1992 and Manchester in 1998.

Major projects completed include; Ayr Hospital, the Wellcome Trust university life-science research building in Dundee and in the defence sector projects in the Trident Development at CSB Faslane.  In the industrial sector; NEC Semiconductors in Livingston and Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Eurocentral.  With the opening of regional offices supporting delivery of the Europier and British Airways Compass Centre projects at Heathrow, NEC Arena projects in Birmingham and Standard Life headquarters in Edinburgh. 

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2000’s – National Presence

With significant growth of new projects in the South West, regional offices were opened in Bristol in 2000 and Plymouth and Cardiff in 2008. The Hulley and Kirkwood head office relocated from Woodside Place to new bespoke offices at Watermark Business Park, Govan in 2009. 

PFI procurement of major healthcare projects became common place with the delivery of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Blackburn Royal Infirmary and Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Birmingham  The Commercial sector expansion in Glasgow saw many projects in the Atlantic Quay development.  Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery major refurbishment and redevelopment was a highlight. With regional offices competing Tyco Data Centres and the Blenheim Shopping Centre in London.

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2010’s – Sustainable Vision

Continuing the expansion of workload and sector experience Hulley & Kirkwood consolidated its specialist consultancy services with the Hulley SFM (on-site services FM), Hulley ECO (sustainability and simulation) and Hulley SGS (medical gases) services. 

Continuing our strength in the healthcare sector saw the completion of Hope & Tameside Hospitals in Greater Manchester and Victoria Infirmary, Fife. In the Education sector the City and Riverside campus developments for City of Glasgow College. In the defence sector we continued to deliver Project SLAM accommodation. Further regional projects included HMP Thameside in London and the Alliance Manchester Business School major redevelopment project for the University of Manchester.

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2020’s – 70th Anniversary

The first few years of this decade have been challenging with disruption to our conventional patterns of work due to the pandemic. Rising to this challenge, with our can-do attitude and team approach, we maintained continuity of service from a more virtual environment.  Now, with the new normality of hybrid working, we continue to serve our clients with the same determination and in 2023 we celebrated the 70th anniversary of Hulley & Kirkwood Consulting Engineers.

“70 years of Making Buildings Work”

Notable projects have included Covid field hospitals in Glasgow (Louisa Jordan SECC) and Jersey, and Covid test centres in Glasgow and Aberdeen. Students returning to campus enjoy the facilities of the new Teaching & Learning Hub at the University of Strathclyde and the Robotarium at Heriot Watt University. Edinburgh sees a new Net Zero commercial development, 1 New Park Square.

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