About the company

What we do

For 50 years Hurley Palmer Flatt has successfully delivered mechanical and electrical engineering consultancy and associated services that bring buildings to life. We provide a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy service, which combines the application of value with knowledge, and partnership with quality. We have become trusted advisors to many global organisations, given our expertise in energy and sustainability, as well as in mission critical engineering.

Total integration

Our clients receive totally integrated engineering and building solutions through a single point of contact at director level. Our size and geographical reach allow us to draw on specialists from building services engineering and energy and sustainability, building structures and surveying, to IT consultancy.

Value without compromise

Buildings are critical assets and they must deliver value throughout their life. We combine technical skill, power and energy modelling, as well as IT expertise to meet exact requirements and minimise operational costs.

Collaboration for the future

We share our clients vision and develop robust relationships founded on trust. Relationships may start with one-off projects, but most of our work is delivered through partnering and outsourcing. Such strong relationships produce exceptional solutions, delivered seamlessly, making Hurley Palmer Flatt your trusted advisor.

Quality delivery

A pursuit of excellence is at the heart of everything we do. We continuously train our staff to enable them to attain the technical management and creative expertise at the leading edge of engineering.

The Company

Our vision is to deliver world class sustainable solutions for the built environment. Our mission at Hurley Palmer Flatt is to be clear leaders in the mission critical engineering market for global corporate organisations, be thought leaders in both energy and sustainability and be recognised to deliver the highest standards in engineering design.

Paul D. Flatt BEng (Hons), CEng FIET, FCIBSE, Group Chairman & CEO

paul-flattPaul has transformed Hurley Palmer Flatt into an international multi-disciplinary consultancy and the largest privately owned engineering consultancy in the UK. He focused on both expanding the range of services, as well as expanding the international business, with new offices in New York, India, Asia Pacific and Australasia.

Paul has led the business through a phase of significant growth where turnover and offices have doubled in five years. Prior to being appointed Group Chairman, Paul was Group Managing Director and built the firm’s leadership in mission critical engineering with many of the world’s major banks. He also broadened the firm’s multi-disciplinary offer and integrated Energy and Sustainability Consultancy, Structural Engineering, Surveying and IT, AV and Security Consultancy.

Paul has spent the majority of his career at Hurley Palmer Flatt, joining as an Intermediate Electrical Engineer in 1989, when the firm was still John Hurley & Partners. Paul has also held Board positions for the British Council of Offices.

Robert Thorogood BEng (Hons) CEng MIET, Executive Director

robert-thorogood_dvRobert Thorogood, Executive Director of Hurley Palmer Flatt is driving the engineering standards forward for the group to ensure they meet today’s needs from a mission critical requirement through to low energy and sustainable solutions for both buildings and clients.

Throughout his career, Robert has been a thought leader in data centre and critical engineering design for sectors such as: commercial, financial, healthcare and technology. He ensures the company maintains its high engineering quality through his chair position on Hurley Palmer Flatt’s Technical Board.

Joining the business in 2004, Robert gained multi-disciplinary experience from his previous director position at Aukett, an architectural/engineering design firm. This experience has allowed him to understand and develop the processes for leading complex engineering projects as the Lead Consultant for the group.

Paul Roche BEng (Hons) CEng MIET, Executive Director

paul-roche_dvPaul Roche, Executive Director of Hurley Palmer Flatt, is driving the international expansion of the group forward to ensure consistency in delivery and that we meet our clients’ needs around the globe.

Paul has been involved with a number of the acquisitions, as well as the setting up of new offices in India, Singapore and Sydney.

Joining the business in 2000, Paul was responsible for developing work both in the transport and public sector. Paul was previously with Railtrack where he was responsible for the building services engineering and maintenance of assets.

James O’Byrne MCIBSE, Executive Director UK

james-obyrne_dvJames O’Byrne, Director with Hurley Palmer Flatt, is responsible for leading the continued growth of the development market for the Group.

James has over 25 years of experience within the building services engineering sector. In 1988 he joined Hilson Moran and worked his way up the ranks untill his departure in 2009 as a Director. For the past 10 years he has been involved in a number of high profile projects, both new build and refurbishments in a number of sectors including commercial, residential and retail.

James has a particular interest in low energy and sustainable design and an integrated team approach to delivering innovative but appropriate solutions.

Adrian Gray BEng (Hons), CEng MCIBSE, MIMechE, Executive Director UK

adrian-gray_dvAdrian Gray, Group Director with Hurley Palmer Flatt, is responsible for focusing on strategic leadership and business growth to enhance shareholder value.

Adrian joined Hurley Palmer Flatt after previously working as an equity owning Main Board Director at Chapman BDSP. He also worked at Waterman Group Plc for 18 years where he had been Managing Director of the Building Services Group for eight years.

Adrian will continue to utilise his passion for design by leading selected major projects and managing client accounts.

Richard Whitaker MSC, Managing Director MEP EMEA


Richard is Managing Director of Hurley Palmer Flatt and head of our Energy and Sustainability division and specialises in the design and delivery of low carbon buildings. He brings an innovative approach to energy and carbon solutions in new build, refurbishment and fit-out projects, as well as optimising the use of energy and other natural resources in operational buildings.

With over 15 years of experience he has designed, developed and implemented sustainable solutions in buildings and building services. His experience covers a variety of different types of projects including commercial, education, telecommunications, critical facilities and residential developments. He works closely with the client and design teams to ensure that the client’s aspirations are met and that an integrated approach towards energy and sustainability is adopted. His broad experience has allowed him to implement solutions on projects from individual buildings right through to developing business wide environmental strategies for large corporate companies.

Richard formerly worked at ebm-papst as a Divisional Manager for their refrigeration and air-conditioning sector. Richard was involved in the specification of energy efficiency products for the HVAC industry focussing on data centres and large supermarket retailers, providing them with improvements in energy efficiency through specification of appropriate central plants.

Richard holds a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Surrey. He began his career in the development of energy efficient cooling and heating systems before moving into energy and sustainability consultancy in the built environment.

Andrew Tate CEng MIET , Director UK

andy-tate_dvAndrew Tate, a Director with Hurley Palmer Flatt, provides direction and support to the design teams within our Blackfriars office.

Andy has been in the building services industry for over 30 years and brings a wealth of experience from both the UK and overseas across multiple sectors. Joining the business in 2011 from Halcrow Group Limited, Andy brought leadership experience on major projects with particular experience of those with high technical content.

Mark Arthur MIET, Regional Director UK

Mark Arthur, Regional Director of Hurley Palmer Flatt, oversees the growth of the business in Scotland. Currently, Mark is responsible for the group’s accreditations such as Achilles RISQS (Transportation) and Achilles UVDB (Utilities).

Mark has over 25 years of experience and was previously one of the founding directors and Managing Director of ATCO Consulting prior to its acquisition by Hurley Palmer Flatt.

Mark has a keen interest in industry and academia research collaboration and was the director responsible for developing the decentralised Hybrid Energy Centre and Infrastructure service line via a two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Strathclyde Universities Energy Systems Research Unit and Innovate UK. Mark is the chair of the ACE Scotland Committee and is an ACE board Director with one of his main objectives to promote Youth Intake and R&D in the Consultancy and Engineering Profession in Scotland.

Brian Brett, Regional Director UK

Brian began his career in South Africa in 1994 where he worked for his family electrical contracting firm, Port Shepstone Electrical prior to moving into consulting engineering with a multi-disciplined company by the name of EG Africa. A lot of Brian’s early experience was related to HV reticulation both in design and installation and gained valuable experience in process / industrial engineering sectors.

In 2000 Brian immigrated to the UK and joined a Canadian company HH Angus working on various projects at Canary Wharf. During his time at HH Angus Brian helped deliver over 3 million sq. / ft. of shell and core / CAT A and CAT B commercial office facilities.

In 2004 Brian joined Hurley Palmer Flatt where he was recruited into the mission critical group and has gained extensive experience in critical engineering. He always has a key focus on project client requirements and the delivery of these, often with very challenging time constraints where he has been selected as the lead consultant gaining a vast experience with financial services clients.

In his time at Hurley Palmer Flatt, Brian has been involved in the successful design and delivery of over $1billion worth of data centres with many varying levels of load density and resilience. His client list is varied from various technology companies and many corporate clients including the likes of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Equinix, Santander, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide, Interxion, Microsoft, Lloyds of London, JP Morgan and K2 to name but a few.

Although Brian has focused on mission critical projects for many global clients, he also has experience in the commercial office, hotels & leisure and process engineering sectors of the industry.

Brian is currently the Regional Director of the Croydon office which has a number of engineering teams delivering a wide range of projects in various sectors ranging from £0.5m to £150m.

Mark Simpson BSC, MSC, CEng MCIBSE, Regional Director Singapore

simpson-mark_dvMark Simpson is Regional Director of Hurley Palmer Flatt’s operations in Singapore. He has been responsible for numerous data centre projects including the Jurong data centre project, which was subsequently acquired by the Digital Realty Trust.

Mark joins us from M&E Consultants DSCO Group with almost 20 years’ experience of engineering consultancy

in Asia. He graduated from Staffordshire University with a Bachelor of Engineering and went on to do a Master of Science.

Mark is currently leading a number of projects including one with Equinix which will be their third data centre development in Singapore. Once complete this will provide approximately 385,000ft² of gross floor area and will accommodate 5,000 cabinets over multiple phases. Over the past two years the Singapore team have completed a number of projects for a number of multinationals including JP Morgan, Barclays Bank, IO and Qantas.

Garry Wall, Regional Director APAC

Garry is an accomplished Mechanical Engineer with over 30 years of consulting experience in design, documentation and supervision of all aspects of HVAC systems across the property sector. Before joining Hurley Palmer Flatt in 2014, Garry gained valuable design knowledge on large scale projects within Australia and the wider Asia Pacific region while working with renowned engineering firms Norman Disney and Young and Arcadis.

Garry has extensive experience in team management and uses his broad knowledge of all other service disciplines to project manage and successfully deliver multi-disciplinary engineering solutions of large and complex mixed-use developments from concept planning to construction completion.

 Jonathan Blake, Director, Building Structures and Civil Engineering

jonathan-blake_dvJonathan’s team is currently delivering large scale data centre schemes in both North America and Sweden. His team have also been involved with a headquarters building in Saint Petersburg, together with a number of projects within the UK which include multi-storey residential developments, office refurbishments and data centres. We are also involved in pre-acquisition and structural surveying and reporting works.

Jonathan Blake has over 28 years of experience in the management and delivery of structural and multi-disciplinary engineering projects throughout the UK and internationally.

Jonathan previously worked for Halcrow Yolles which is now part of the CH2M Hill Group. Historically Jonathan has delivered a multi-storey office and residential scheme for British Land and Streatham Leisure Centre which involved a suspended first floor ice arena, and a number of large scale urban regeneration schemes in and around London. These included both residential and commercial properties, together with reporting on a number of structures from modern offices to listed historic properties.

•New build structures
•Urban regeneration
•Historic and general refurbishment
•Residential development
•Commercial development
•Structural surveying and reporting