Sweco Welcomes New Operations Director to Buildings Team


Sweco Welcomes New Operations Director to Buildings Team

18 March 2020
Engineering, environment and design company Sweco UK has appointed Peter Hender as an operations director in its buildings team, bolstering its building services consultancy capability.

Peter joins Sweco from Peter Brett Associates. He brings more than 35 years’ experience in the engineering sector, including more than 15 years of project management experience in the UK and overseas. He previously worked as a director with Ramboll UK, and held positions with WSP in the UK and Middle East.

In recent years, he has contributed to projects such as University College London’s Person-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory (PEARL), Canary Wharf’s Dollar Bay residential development and the redevelopment of West London’s Riverside Studios.

At Sweco, he will work alongside other senior members of the buildings team to support project delivery, including the Tottenham Hale development and the mixed residential, retail, hotel and restaurant development on the south site of Arundel Great Court in central London.

In the coming months, Sweco is set to make as many as ten further hires to its buildings team to help Peter and his fellow directors meet growing demand for its services.

Geoffrey Palmer, Sweco UK’s director of buildings, said: “Peter’s extensive experience in large project design and delivery, strong technical skills and knowledge of cutting-edge technological solutions, such as BIM, makes him a huge asset to the team.
“His arrival will only further the quality of the consultancy and services we provide to our clients and help us continue planning and designing the sustainable cities and communities of the future.”

Peter Hender, operations director, Sweco UK, said: “Two professional focuses of mine are to reduce the impact of our built environment on the planet, and to ensure that we create buildings that offer healthy, comfortable and practical surroundings for their occupants. The fact that both play a major part in Sweco’s approach to design – coupled with the business’ strong reputation – made it a great fit.

“There’s some really exciting projects underway and I’m looking forward to working closely with the rest of the buildings team. I’m also excited at the prospect of tapping into Sweco’s international network to deliver the best possible solutions that leverage its Nordic expertise.”

Recent highlights for Sweco’s buildings team include an innovative building services design that contributed to HB Reavis securing planning permission for the 1.2 million sq. ft Elizabeth House development in Waterloo.

Sweco acted as mechanical, electrical and sustainability consultant for the project, which included the use of advanced parametric modelling techniques to reduce the building’s operational carbon by 31 per cent, building on the requirements of Part L, which cover passive measures alone.