UK design engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan (EOC) have joined forces with Paris based structural engineering practice Spatiale SARL. The move will further strengthen Eckersley O’Callaghan’s existing Paris team and support the firm’s plan to become a significant player in the French marketplace.
This strategic boost to the French office is in line with EOC’s recent expansion into New York, San Francisco and Shanghai where the practice runs successful offices. The last five years has seen a period of sustained growth for the structural and façade engineers in which they have more than doubled the size and capacity of the practice.
Well known for working on a wide range of high quality, design led projects, EOC is currently on site with significant projects in ‘Silicon Valley’ in California, Keble College at Oxford University, Times House in London, and other major projects around the world, as well as a number of innovative projects using glass. EOC has engineered the structural glass designs for over 200 of Apple’s landmark stores in the past decade.
At Spatiale, founding Director Philip Wilson led the structural engineering for many challenging and prominent buildings across France including Fondation d’Entreprise Galeries Lafayette (FEGL), with architect OMA, Casino Lac du Der, with DATA Architects, and Fonds régional d'art contemporain FRAC Ile-de-France with Bona Lemercier and artist Xavier Veilhan.
James O’Callaghan, Director of EOC, said that their decision to welcome Spatiale to the team and build on successes in France was not affected by Brexit. “We still believe that Remain would have been a better way forward” he said “but the Leave vote only reinforced our need for a secure foothold in Europe. Without the EU behind us it is even more important that we establish a strong local base in Paris to service the French market, and the rest of Europe.”
Wilson, plus O’Callaghan and fellow director Brian Eckersley, worked together at specialist glass engineering firm Dewhurst McFarlane & Partners. EOC now has expertise across a wide range of materials, but has also maintained its leading position in structural glass. Wilson has lectured on glass structures at architecture schools including the Bartlett School of Architecture and The Architecture Association. James O’Callaghan gives frequent lectures on structural engineering in the USA and across Europe. Brian Eckersley is responsible for the iconic Sky Pool project in London.
Eckersley O’Callaghan’s success is recognised within the industry with the practice achieving Engineering Consultant of the Year in the 2015 Construction News Awards, and the IStructE Supreme Award for Excellence in Engineering in 2014.
Eckersley O’Callaghan comprises a team of 80 across 5 offices and is working in 23 countries across the world.