Clancy branches out – our Scotland team speaks to Business Scotland Magazine

Article posted on: 28th July 2021

With sustainability very much at the fore, Clancy Consulting has proven its continuing green ambitions by the acquisition of a specialist timber frame engineering consultant to expand its Scottish presence.

Multi-disciplinary engineering consultant Clancy Consulting has been keeping one eye on developing its growing success in timber frame design for some time. Seemingly bucking the market trend during the rollercoaster of the last 15-months, the team has taken the tactical decision to expand their timber engineering capability with the acquisition of DBM Consultants.

Formed back in 1984, DBM initially provided Structural Engineering design and inspection services to Lanarkshire and Central Scotland before expanding into timber frame design upon the appointment of Gordon Megahy into family business five years later. By providing a full engineering service to timber frame manufacturers, the business has been focussed on developments across Scotland and England of a construction value of up to £20million, predominantly working on new build and extensions in the residential, student living, education and healthcare sectors.

A respected specialist in this area of work and member of the Structural Timber Association, Gordon Megahy has grown the business over the years with the driving ambition to produce the most environmentally responsible buildings. In addition to traditional timber frames, he and the team are also skilled in Structural Insulated Panel construction methods and glulam structures.

Working on behalf of Tod Timber Engineering (part of the McTaggart Group) the team designed the timber kit superstructure for 52 new high-quality apartments on Fielden Street in Glasgow. With residents settling into their new homes over recent weeks, the development was delivered firmly to programme. In part, this was due to the efficient structural modelling, off-site manufacture and installation of the timber structure on a ‘just in time’ basis, ultimately supporting delivery of the critical housing demand in East Glasgow for the residents of West of Scotland Housing Association.

Neil Orrock, Director at the Prestwick office commented, “The DBM acquisition has added a further significant growth opportunity for what was already an established area of expertise and bringing Gordon and his team on board is the perfect fit to increase, and build upon, our timber engineering capability. Offering our clients a design service that includes for off-site fabrication, allows for speed of construction and accuracy during delivery stages however, most importantly, this highly sustainable and thermally efficient solution is a significant step in expanding our drive towards Modern Methods of Construction and energy efficiency within our schemes. It sits seamlessly with our aspirations for the built environment and the contribution we can make as part of the climate emergency our world faces.”

In fact, a significant proportion of Clancy’s schemes challenge the industry norm by providing greener, faster, smarter solutions, achieving a path towards Net Zero Carbon. The team has been developing their supply chain within this area and, in addition to expanding the timber engineering service, are now working alongside the country’s most ambitious off-site modular manufacturers, resulting in sustainable new schools and residential schemes across the UK.

Glasgow office Director, Neil Robson stated “Welcoming Gordon and the new team members into the Glasgow office, albeit virtually at the moment, has received really positive feedback from our client base. The acquisition has reinforced our ambitions to provide pioneering engineering solutions, alongside the latest construction techniques, which focus on long-term sustainable benefits to the local community, and beyond. It looks like our long-awaited return back into the office might be on hold for a little longer, however it’s an exciting prospect to develop the team’s potential within the framework of a national multi-disciplinary engineering practice, whilst still maintaining their local roots.”

For further information about the services offered by Clancy, please get in touch with Neil Orrock, Director (Prestwick), or Neil Robson, Director (Glasgow).


To read the full article in Business Scotland Magazine on page 28/29 click here.

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