CEI Collins Engineers Ltd (Collins) has opened a new office in Salford, Greater Manchester, under the management of Gary Hastie, an engineer with 35 years experience in the rail and construction industries.
The new office provides engineering services across Network Rail’s infrastructure, with Collins’ engineers and technicians specialising in rope access inspections, confined space entry and underwater examinations of railway bridges, culverts, retaining walls, and CCTV/radio masts.
Gerry Hennity, Collins’ technical manager for the UK said: “We’ve been looking to expand our UK operations for some time and discussions have been ongoing for more than 12 months with regards to Network Rail’s Civil Examination Framework Agreement – CEFA.
“We’ve recruited nine new staff for our Greater Manchester office and it is intended that the skillset of the team is not only sustainable for Network Rail but also transferable to other infrastructure sectors. In these difficult economic times, we’re hoping to further expand the business and thank MIDAS for their assistance in helping us to achieve this.”
The firm’s Manchester base will continue to focus on Collins’ core areas of expertise, which includes civil and structural engineering services, design of transportation systems and related structures, and underwater engineering.
Gary Hastie, contractor’s responsible engineer of Collins, said: “Our move into Manchester offers a brand new venture for Collins as we develop our client base as a trusted supplier of structures inspections and design services for the North West and the rest of the UK. “
Tim Newns, chief executive of MIDAS said, “We’re delighted that Collins has decided to further its UK business expansion by opening a Manchester office.
“Greater Manchester continues to be a key European centre for engineering and with hundreds of millions of pounds allocated to be spent on transport and infrastructure across Greater Manchester and the wider North of England over the coming decades, it makes absolute sense to leverage Manchester for both the market opportunities and talent availability that the city provides.”
Collins was founded in Chicago in 1979 and has been operating in Ireland since 2001 and the UK since 2006. Their client base across the transportation infrastructure includes railways, transportation departments, and waterfront facilities.
Additional key services provided by Collins include rope access examinations, reducing or eliminating the need for roadway closures, and expensive traffic control and inspection vehicle costs.
Collins also specialises in underwater acoustic imaging; they recently completed a major underwater assessment of jetties in the North East of England.