Mission: To continue to build on the hard work and dedication of talented individuals in every part of our business who help us deliver innovative and creative solutions to our clients, and achieve the challenging goals we set for ourselves. We are committed to building our business for ...
Cundall currently operates in the UK, Australia, Asia, MENA, and Europe. We have taken our UK knowledge and award-winning engineering expertise to each of these markets, and tailored it to suit individual local needs. Our success in these new markets is attributed to our ability to be flexible, highly responsive and adaptable to the different challenges, regulations and local practices which influence the delivery of projects in each region.
With over 400 staff across the globe offering a full range of integrated engineering services, we are big enough to be able to provide a highly focused and dedicated team on our clients’ projects, but still at a size where our core values can be effectively applied. Every project is led by a Partner/Director to provide the right experience and guidance throughout the life of the project.
It’s all about team work at Cundall. At a local level, all of our teams are Partner-led, which provides second-to-none service to our clients, and unsurpassed opportunities for our staff to work with and learn from experts in their chosen discipline. As our business has grown, we’ve invested heavily in developing an infrastructure that enables us to work effectively as a global team. This means that many of our staff enjoy opportunities to work with colleagues in other offices, in their own country and internationally. But 'all work and no play' isn’t what we’re about; opportunities to socialise with colleagues at team and office level are readily available, and the Practice supports social activities through the provision of a 'social fund'.
As professionals, our expertise lies at the heart of what we do, and we take the professional development of our people seriously. As well as structured training programmes for those at the beginning of their careers and wishing to pursue Chartership, we support a range of in-house and external professional development activities for our engineering and support staff. Many of our staff have successfully pursued academic and professional qualifications while working with us, with our support. We believe it’s essential to our success that we support our staff in developing the full range of professional and managerial skills that they’ll need to deliver exceptional service to our clients, and grow as individuals. Therefore, our training programme includes managerial and other skills training, in addition to first class technical training.
If you’ve got potential, we’ll help you achieve it!
Cundall is committed to providing people with the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to make a difference: in our homes, our offices, our projects, our industry and our community. We are the world’s first consultancy to be formally endorsed as a One Planet Company by sustainability charity BioRegional.
Over the years, we have delivered many exemplar green buildings and have built up an international sustainable design expertise that is second to none.
Our sustainability policy
Our sustainability policy establishes clear objectives to maintain our position as a leader in sustainability in the built environment, and contains core commitments relating to:
Our sustainability roadmap
Our roadmap illustrates our journey so far, what we are doing today, and most importantly, where we are heading. It sets out our vision for a more sustainable future, establishes challenging targets, and describes some key actions to achieve these.
We regularly issue sustainability reports which describe our environmental and social performance.
We are justifiably proud of our achievements to date in reducing the environmental impact of our business and our projects, and in driving change in the property industry in all of the countries where we operate. We look forward to continuing to play a full and active role in transforming the built environment to respond positively to the many challenges ahead.
The founders - Michael Burch, Rick Carr, Geoffrey Cundall, David Gandy and Bernard Johnston - shared a common vision for Cundall: that it would become a leading multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy which sets industry standards.
Founded in Newcastle and Edinburgh, the partnerships expansion was rapid and a London office soon followed. Early clients included North British Properties plc and Equity and Law Life Assurance Society. We still work with the successors to these organisations today - a testament to the fact that our reputation has been built on the foundations of client service.
Since 2003 Cundall has evolved from a UK-based multi-disciplinary practice of consulting engineers with three offices to a worldwide organisation with 20 offices in 11 countries offering world-leading sustainability advice. This has been achieved through a strategy of organic growth; visionary both in terms of both staff empowerment and business development. For further information regarding our international presence please visit our locations.
In 2011 we celebrated our 35th birthday. Looking ahead we aim to build on our past achievements, consolidate our current successes and continue to provide value for the long term.
We believe that being in business today means being responsible in the way we work, and responsible for our actions. We owe it to our clients, to our staff and to others with whom we work to stick to our promises and give them our best at all times. We expect the same in return. We have a responsibility to the communities our work touches – from the way a building looks to the social impact it makes. Environmentally, we have an enormous role to play as guardians of the future, because the things we build today will have a lasting impact on all our tomorrows.
Our approach to CSR is underpinned by a sense of duty:
In our workplace, we are committed to behaving responsibly towards our people, providing them with opportunities to do great work and develop their careers, while maintaining an appropriate balance between the things outside work that keep them fired up, and the things inside of work that we hope do the same.
In our marketplace, we want to work with other businesses that share our mindset. We behave responsibly towards our suppliers, our customers and others with whom we work, and we expect the same in return.
In the communities in which we operate, we believe in acting responsibly. We believe that becoming involved in our local communities provides opportunities for us to grow as individuals and as a business, and we actively seek out opportunities for our staff to contribute. We have taken part in a number of large and smaller scale community projects around the world, including the provision of structural engineering input to the building of an amphitheatre in a remote South African community, the installation of photovoltaics on a school building on Vanuatu island in the South Pacific, and the renovation of a local community centre in Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK.
Environmentally, we work hard to give our staff the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to make a difference; in our homes, our offices, our projects and our industry as a whole. Sustainability is at the heart of what we do, and we are committed to operating as a sustainable business. For more information, please visit our Sustainability page.
I have been working at Cundall full-time (More than 3 years)
An organisation that genuinely take the time to look after their employees while also setting industry-leading standards. Christmas bonuses are commonplace at all levels, and it's not overly 'target' orientated.
Cundall maintain an exceptionally high standard when it comes to their engineering practices, which is borne out by their excellent industry reputation and various awards. Working here can really expose you to the forefront of innovative engineering design for the built environment.
Most Partners are quite behind the times in their outlook on flexible working arrangements. Flexi time is in place but they need to look closer at home-working and enhancing the range and quality of employee benefits in the UK and overseas.
Advice to Management
Be bolder in your approach to flexible working. Performance is related to outcomes not attendance - and your competitors are offering more in this area.
Follow through on your principles of innovation with more radical steps to attract and retain female talent at all levels.
In regards to the assessment centre in the morning we had a building technical test, where we were all given a floor plan followed by 3 other sheet of tables of technical data, and was asked what data was wrong from it. This then followed a basic writing test, which consisted of writing an email (nothing technical) from a given set of information. Before lunch we also had a group test and a technical test. The group test involved working as a group to solve a card game, and was asked after what we thought the game represented, i.e. a consultancy, working with clients, cooperation etc. The technical test involved basic engineering question related to the role your applying for, in my case mechanical, and a few buildings questions. This included questions such as, how does ventilation naturally flow through a building, what is the domestic water heating temperature, what do you need to calculate heat transfer through a wall, what renewables can be integrated into a building. After lunch we had a presentation to a few candidates and interviewees. Then finally we had a technical one to one interview, to end the day. Here they asked more about, how would you structure a report, or how do you approach tasks.