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5:09 AM 10th May 2022

Hydrock Strengthens In Yorkshire With Acquisition Of 3E Consulting Engineers

(L-R) Brian McConnell (Hydrock), shaking on the deal with Steve Watson (3e). Also in photo L-R: John McElwee (Hydrock) and Steve Watson (3e)
(L-R) Brian McConnell (Hydrock), shaking on the deal with Steve Watson (3e). Also in photo L-R: John McElwee (Hydrock) and Steve Watson (3e)
Hydrock, a British-owned engineering design, energy and sustainability consultancy, has today announced its acquisition of 3E Consulting Engineers (3e) as the company further expands its footprint across the UK.

Founded in 2001, 3e has a 30-strong team currently operating from offices in Wakefield and Newcastle. The consultancy has a proven track-record of delivering civil engineering, geo-environmental and structural engineering services on a wide range of property projects, both across the UK and internationally.

Dr Brian McConnell, Hydrock’s CEO, said:

“This is a great strategic move for both Hydrock and 3e. As we continue to expand at pace across the UK and internationally, this will strengthen our offer in key territories in the North of England, including Yorkshire, which we see as an area for key strategic growth as levelling-up opportunities unfold across the country. It also enables 3e to realise their own growth plan which is fuelled by the strong relationships they’ve established over the past 21 years with a high calibre portfolio of clients, including Aldi, Keepmoat and Kier.

“Our new colleagues are warmly welcomed into the Hydrock family. We know they’ll reflect our aspiration to be a force for good, our values, and the way we build relationships with clients which have been core to our long-term success.”

The acquisition complements Hydrock’s established award-winning reputation which includes a circa 700 strong existing team delivering integrated engineering design services from 20 locations around the UK.

3e Consulting Engineer’s Director, Steve Watson, said:

“We’re very proud of the business we’ve developed at 3e. Joining Hydrock, a well-respected, employee-focused company, is the perfect next step for the ambitions of our team and the growth of both our client base as well as being able to offer a multidisciplined service. I’ve got to know several of the senior team over the past few months, and the obvious synergies make me very excited for the future.”

Across Yorkshire, 3e has a particularly strong track record of helping to refurbish and transform a number of heritage buildings for residential use, including Ledgard Bridle Mill (Mirfield), Sprinkwell Mill (Dewsbury) and Millroyd Island (Brighouse).

Led by Steve Watson along with fellow directors Dean Gray and Adam Cooper, 3e will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hydrock trading under the name of Hydrock 3E as a separate operating division.