Hydrock names North East regional director

Chris Chennell has been promoted to regional director for the North East and Yorkshire at the integrated engineering design consultancy.

Chennell has 16 years’ experience in the industry. He joined Hydrock in 2021 as director, having previously worked for Arup, AECOM and Buro Happold.

Brian McConnell, chief executive officer of Hydrock, said: “Chris is taking the helm of delivering our growth plans by bringing our teams in Leeds and Newcastle closer together. We have strong relationships with clients and exciting projects in the pipeline, such as Redcar Town Centre, Stockton Town Centre and the new STACK [leisure] venues in Carlisle, Durham and Lincoln.”

Chennell will focus on developing Hydrock’s presence in Leeds and Newcastle, with ambitions to add more members to the teams in the region by the end of the 2023/24 financial year. Chennell said: “It is a privilege to be the regional director for this region. Our teams have delivered transformational projects in recent years, which we now plan to build on through diversifying into new sectors and developing new service lines. This means ensuring we continue to support public and private sector clients to create assets that are sustainable, deliver positive user experiences and create long-term value for communities across the region.”

Among projects in the North East and Yorkshire that Hydrock has worked on recently are 12 King Street in Leeds; Six Centre Square, Middlesbrough; Points Cross, Leeds; Strawberry Place, Newcastle; and The Sands, Durham.

Hydrock is also currently delivering the full integrated design of the onshore converter stations at Hornsea 3 offshore windfarm, including all buildings and associated infrastructure.

Hydrock employs 900 people across a national office network that includes Leeds, Newcastle, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Manchester.

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