Smith Brothers appoints specialist design team

High-voltage power contractor Smith Brothers has appointed a specialist design team to bolster its remit of electrical engineering services.

Smith Brothers appoints specialist design team

Bringing over 90 years’ combined industry experience to the firm – acquired through senior roles within distribution network operators (DNOs) as well as construction, electrical and civils companies – the four designers are senior design manager and principal electrical engineer Richard Furniss, civil design manager Steve Sadler, primary electrical design engineer Lee Newheiser, and protection and control design engineer Cat Lucas.

Possessing a wealth of expertise within CAD, primary electrical, network, civil and structural design, the team will be responsible for overseeing Smith Brothers’ power system design provision – covering feasibility studies along with the design of cable systems, connections to HV and EHV OHL systems, protection and control systems, and substations.

The company has also acquired a new Sheffield office which is where the new recruits will be operating from.

Operations director Craig Collinson said: “Clients are increasingly enlisting us for complex connection projects that require extensive studies and specialist design skills – including civil and structural alongside core electrical. We’ve had a marked upsurge in such enquires, with the number of quotes for large-scale projects over the 2017-18 period up 122% on the previous year.

“We’ve therefore been on the lookout for the right design team to bolster our in-house capabilities for some time, so we’re delighted to be welcoming Richard, Cat, Lee and Steve on board. Between them they have an unparalleled level of technical know-how and expertise, which we’re sure will greatly enhance our design offering and overall service to clients.”


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