Arup appoints two new directors from its Nottingham office

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Picture: Ian Hodgkinson / Picture It. Pictured directors at Arup, Steve Fernandez and Vicky Evans

Arup has appointed Steve Fernandez and Vicky Evans from its Nottingham office as directors of the engineering firm

Steve Fernandez and Vicky Evans are just the second and third members of the Nottingham team to have both been promoted to directors of Arup.

Between them, the pair have worked on major local, national and international projects, including the shopping and food destination Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross, the St Pancras Chambers development in London, the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre near Loughborough, and the government’s £3.6bn Towns Fund.

‘A huge boost for us in the region’

Neil Harrison, associate director at Arup, said: “We are absolutely delighted that both Steve and Vicky have been promoted to director – a huge boost for us in the region and indicative of the hard work and expertise they put into the business.

“The interview process for the role is extremely rigorous, and for the Nottingham office to have two directors appointed is a huge achievement.

“We’re very proud of the work we do from Nottingham – we’ve been here for 30 years, we’ve got more than 100 staff based in the city centre and we are highly committed to the city.”

Steve Fernandez joined Arup as a graduate in 1999, working in Sheffield, London, Doha and Moscow and is now based in the Nottingham office.

He has designed and delivered a variety of iconic buildings and structures, ranging from a new school in Loughborough, the transformation of the listed Newton and Arkwright buildings at Nottingham Trent University, and a 60,000-seat football stadium in the Middle East.

Fernandez said: “It is a huge honour to be appointed as a director of Arup. Having worked in the Nottingham office for many years now, I’m relishing the new opportunity and helping the industry and our clients following the challenges of the last year.

“I am a designer at heart – I love design and working with clients to develop an idea and then seeing our work come to fruition is a great pleasure of the job.”

Chartered town planner Vicky Evans joined Arup in London in March 2006 and since then has also worked for the company in South Africa, Dubai and the Seychelles.

A specialist in housing, strategy, policy and economic development, she works across all aspects of the built environment at a regional and national level. She also leads the residential business for Arup across the UK, Middle East, India and Africa.

“My work has become increasingly strategic, meaning that I’ve been able to influence decision-making at the very early stages of a project, which is really exciting,” said Evans.

“I’ve been doing a lot of planning and strategy work in the East Midlands – which is indicative of our region really putting itself on the map.”

She added: “I’m looking forward to continuing to help clients solve their most complex challenges here – turning exciting ideas into tangible reality.

Net zero, levelling up and improving infrastructure are all challenges we need sustainable, socially valuable and equitable solutions to, which are specific to the region.”

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