Global firm launches dedicated UK construction group

Nick Busby

BURNS & McDonnell is expanding its construction presence in the UK through the creation of a dedicated construction group.

The Missouri-headquartered engineering and construction firm, which has a base in Motherwell, said that it builds on its existing construction services being provided to the national grid, with it resulting in the doubling of the size of the construction group in 2023.

The business said the benefit of the newly formed construction group is that it will allow a focus on successful growth of multiple services across the UK. Nick Busby is transitioning from his role as UK operations director to lead the construction group as director of construction operations, further empowering the fully integrated inception-to-completion services of Burns & McDonnell.

Nick Busby said, “I’m thrilled to be leading the UK construction group, which is the result of the success and growth of Burns & McDonnell in the UK. Clients can expect business as usual, but with a more formalised structure that enables us to align with the global business.

“Having a fully integrated engineering and construction team working together with the rest of the UK business and sharing the same mission at every stage underpins the successful execution of our EPC projects and the Burns & McDonnell operating model.”

The new construction group will provide project management, safety, quality, estimating, procurement, planning, cost control, and construction management support for EPC projects. The firm said that clients will continue to benefit from consolidated programmes, increased savings, and enhanced project quality and delivery.

Jonathan Chapman, MD of Burns & McDonnell UK, added, “Our UK business has grown rapidly since launching in 2017, and we need to adapt to accommodate this growth, whilst providing full-service solutions that address our clients’ engineering and construction challenges. The construction group’s increased presence marks a milestone in our growth. I’m excited about the new business it will generate and look forward to continuing my support of Nick in his new role as he leads his team toward a dynamic future.”