60 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE IN ENGINEERING

During 2010 we celebrated our 60th year in business, and thought it would be interesting to review the history of the Practice and look forward to an exciting future.

It all started when, in 1950, a young engineer called Tom Harley-Haddow realised his ambition to start his own business. At the time, Tom lectured in Structures at the Edinburgh College of Art, School of Architecture (now a faculty of Edinburgh University), and his vision was to provide an all-encompassing design service to clients which include Civil/Structural Engineering, and Architecture. Within a few short years, the business had grown to include several partners and as many as 100 staff, dealing with a variety of prestigious commissions in all sectors of the building industry, including one of Scotland’s first space frame structures at Edinburgh Airport, Meadowbank Stadium and Glenrothes Sport Centre.

Adaptability, flexibility and direct personal service to all of our clients has been the mark of our service throughout the decades, and we have always combined this with innovation and solid team working.

1950, THE BEGINNING

Tom Harley Haddow’s ambition became a reality in 1950 when he set up his new company, T Harley Haddow and Partners, with himself and an apprentice in a one room office in Ainslie Place, Edinburgh. Tom’s vision, simply to provide an all-in building design service to his Clients...
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1960, GROWING UP

In the early ‘60s, Tom was joined by two new Partners, both accomplished Structural Engineers, and Tom realised that the business would need to expand to include a Glasgow base to ensure that a wider geographical area could be covered...
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1970, STRENGTH TO STRENGTH

1970 saw the completion of our most prestigious project to date, Meadowbank Sports Stadium, built for the Commonwealth Games...
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1980, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

With a staff base of around 100, it was important that the Partners maintained as wide a range of work as possible to ensure continuity for our staff and our Clients...
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1990, CHANGE & CONSOLIDATION

Coming out of a recession strongly saw the business consolidate. We opened new offices in Perth and Galashiels to ensure that we could service local authority work all over Scotland...
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2000, A NEW MILLENNIUM

The new millennium brought with it a wealth of different projects, including completion of the innovative and award winning Gorgie Slateford Green Housing project...
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2010, AND BEYOND

With a number of exciting projects on the board and in the pipeline we are optimistic of expanding in the next 12 to 18 months with a view to growing the business as the economy picks up...
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