Glasgow M&E specialist announces English expansion

Thomas Brady and Michael Gribben

GLASGOW-headquartered M&E engineering consultant XBuro has announced an expansion into the south of England with the opening of a new London office and a recruitment drive.

The business has taken on 55 contracts since the start of the Covid pandemic, including eight projects for the NHS such as the Covid-19 test facility at Gartnavel Hospital by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the Western General Infrastructure Works project by NHS Lothian.

In 2019, XBuro UK delivered 500,000 square feet of healthcare projects across the UK. Since the pandemic began, the company has delivered 750,000 square feet of healthcare projects.

Director Michael Gribben, who founded XBuro UK alongside fellow director Thomas Brady in 2018, said, “At the beginning of the first lockdown, a lot of projects were delayed, so there was some uncertainty. However, very quickly we began to receive a huge influx of enquiries, particularly in the healthcare sector. This demand has remained consistently high since then. We were able to deliver important projects quickly, while never sacrificing quality. We have been proud to have been able to play a small part in a much larger effort by helping to deliver vital public health projects during our nation’s time of need.

“During this period, we have also delivered numerous private sector projects and we’re also delighted to now be recognised as a trusted partner of developers and fund managers across the UK. Our pitch success rate is rising all the time as our reputation grows.”

In recent months, the team has been bolstered  with the recruitment of design director David Russell from HKA and senior electrical engineer Ian Menzies from Charles Scott and Partners.