The office in The Corn Exchange, right in the centre of the business district of Liverpool, now represents two of the Group’s key technical areas. Rebecca McKellar heads the Contaminated Land division and Phil Hunter the Environmental team, specialising in Flood Risk Assessment (FRA). Work comes from a wide variety of sources including solicitors, developers, contractors, planners and private clients. Recent jobs have included a Christian children’s ‘log cabin’ weekend camp, a restaurant complex and a waste treatment site.
The other main function of the office is as a centre of business development for the Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales areas. Jon-Paul Favour spends part of his time here making contacts with potential clients and this summer has been assisted by a sixth-form student from the Liverpool Belvedere Academy; Hannah Parsons. Hannah was one of the girls interviewed by Jon-Paul and Phil, at the school’s practice interviews organised every year, and so impressed them that they offered her a job! Hannah will be taking double Maths and Chemistry for A-Level.
With 2008 being Liverpool’s turn for the European Capital of Culture, there is always a lot going on in the city. All through the summer there has been a continuous stream of big-name musicians and, in August, the Matthew Street Festival took over the city centre, with a weekend of live bands on six outdoor stages and many of the pubs and bars. This week ‘La Machine’ has arrived in the shape of a giant mechanical spider.
Of course, it isn’t all work. The office has recently organised a client evening event, which went down very well, and is active in the Liverpool Young Professionals’ social calendar. Phil is excluded from participation on the grounds of excessive experience.