From left: Kiera I'Anson, Alex Petts and Dan Matthews. Credit: Civic Earth

Civic Earth hires pair from Fairhurst

Ground engineering consultancy Civic Earth has expanded its team in Leeds with the appointment of Alex Petts as senior geotechnical engineer, and Kiera I’Anson as graduate geotechnical engineer.

Petts joined from Fairhurst, where he led multiple projects including site investigations, data analysis and risk assessments, as well as the delivery of Access for All schemes for Northern Trains, Network Rail and the Department for Transport. He previously worked at Lithos Consulting, where he supported environmental monitoring and geotechnical appraisals for residential and commercial development schemes.

I’Anson also joined from Fairhurst, where she worked on a broad range of geotechnical projects, supporting the delivery of ground investigations, slope stability analysis and geo-environmental reports to support projects across the infrastructure, transport and energy sectors.

In their new roles, they will help to grow Civic Earth’s presence, broaden its services and expand its portfolio of projects across the North, including working closely with its sister company Civic Engineers’ studios in Leeds and Manchester.

The appointments follow a period of strong growth at Civic Earth. Recent projects include delivering site investigation for Oldham Council’s Civic Centre, the first step in the plans to transform the town centre; providing geo-environmental engineering consultancy services for the transformational £65m Blackpool Multiversity, higher education campus; and the Mayfield development in Manchester, home of the city’s first new park in 100 years.

Dan Matthews, director of Civic Earth, said: “Alex and Kiera are hugely talented and collaborative, and it’s great to have them on board as we grow our presence.

“Our focus is to deliver environmental and social value alongside technical excellence, and we’re seeing strong demand for our services as regeneration and development-led projects gather pace across the UK. Soil health, biodiversity and embodied carbon are increasingly in the spotlight, and we see a real opportunity to support the industry in its response to the climate crisis with a more holistic, combined approach to engineering specialisms.”

Operating across the UK, Civic Earth provides geotechnical and geoenvironmental consultancy, site investigation and ground engineering services, with a focus on sustainability, soil health and carbon impacts. Established last year, the practice grew its team in October with the appointment of Kirsty Poore as associate director and Hal Godwin as chartered senior engineer.

Civic Earth works in close collaboration with its sister company, Civic Engineers, a UK-wide civil, structural and transport engineering practice which works to create inspirational structures and places that have a positive impact on the environment and enable people to lead happier and healthier lives.

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