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Engineering Firm Bechtel Moves into Manchester

Bechtel is opening a new office in Manchester as part of a regional growth plan. The new office located in Piccadilly Place is the company’s 38th office worldwide and will support work in the infrastructure and nuclear sectors across the North of England.

Paul Gibbs, Bechtel’s UK Managing Director, announced the new office at the opening of The Sun exhibition at Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum:

‘We see an enormous potential for economic growth in Manchester and across the Northern Powerhouse. This thriving city offers us the perfect base to collaborate on transformational infrastructure opportunities by bringing us closer to existing and new customers, partners and local businesses.

‘With more infrastructure projects taking off in the north of England, companies like ours will need more skilled people to join our local teams. We are delighted to continue our partnership with the brilliant Science Museum Group this year through our sponsorship of The Sun exhibition in Manchester. Together with the Science and Industry Museum, we hope to help inspire the next generation of engineers and construction workers as thousands of young boys and girls learn about engineering in a stimulating, fun, and creative environment.’

Henri Murison, Director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership said:

“This move by Bechtel is a critical sign of the confidence of the private sector in the Northern Powerhouse, five years on from the Power Hall speech at the Science and Industry Museum where it all began.

“In both project management and contracting, Bechtel bring joined up capabilities, and I look forward to them joining fellow global and British businesses and the supply chain here in the North which is ready to build the key projects like Northern Powerhouse Rail.”

Bechtel is Principal Sponsor of The Sun, which is a new blockbuster exhibition that tells the story of humankind’s relationship with our nearest star and includes a video of Bechtel's Ivanpah Solar Power Facility – the world’s largest solar power farm of its kind when it was built.

Bechtel employs more than 50,000 people worldwide and has worked in the UK for seven decades – designing and building transformative projects that include airports, railways and communication networks and has taken a leading role in some of the nation’s most celebrated rail projects, including the West Coast Main Line, the Channel Tunnel and High Speed 1. The company’s global infrastructure business is headquartered in London.

The Sun opens at the Science and Industry Museum on Saturday, 20 July 2019 and runs until January 2020.


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