Houlder expanding in northeast of EnglandCompany News // February 12, 2013
Two years after opening a permanent office in the region for the first time, Houlder has announced its presence in the northeast of England is to more than double in size.
This is part of a company wide expansion strategy that has seen the maritime engineering and design company’s headcount reach over 100. The Boldon office, formerly home to six draughtspeople now has desk space for many more many engineers, designers and project managers.
Newly appointed Project Director Mike Burkett said: “Houlder is now designing, fabricating and installing equipment for the offshore oil and gas and renewable energy industries.
"Our new, larger and better equipped offices mean we’re ideally placed to both serve local clients and work with local ship yards and fabrication facilities. The future is very exciting.”
Projects being supported in the region include a bespoke skidding system which transfers 200 tonnes of cable a distance of 10m along a ship’s deck during offshore pipelaying operations, and an innovative pair of gripper arms that support the installation of offshore wind turbines by keeping foundation piles in place as they are driven into the seabed.