Liverpool Head Office: 18-20 Harrington Street Liverpool L2 9QA
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Sutcliffe is a multi-disciplinary firm of structural and civil engineers who have established a high standard of excellence in consulting over the past 35 years. With three offices in the North West and one in London, we work with clients across the UK and a wide range of sectors. Our core services: Structural & Civil Engineering, Geotechnical & Environmental Investigations, Building Surveying and Pre Planning Services.

We believe in the importance of building strong, solid relationships, and we make it our priority to stay approachable and responsive to our clients. Choosing Sutcliffe is the guarantee to get the expertise and security of a large national consultancy, coupled with the bespoke individual feel of a local practice. We aim at providing a service that ensures the delivery of projects is on time and within budget.

While structural and civil engineering is at the core of our business, we also offer a wide range of services, providing a ‘one-stop shop’ to our clients. This way, we can successfully coordinate the whole design process, giving our clients the benefit of a single point of reference.

 We can offer the following technical services, Civil & Structural Engineering, Geotechnical and Environmental Site Investigations, Infrastructure Design, Transport Planning, Flood Risk Analysis, Principal Designer, CDM Consultant & Project Safety, Building Surveying and Party Wall Matters, Structural Inspections and Surveys, Witness and Litigation Support and Project Management.

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Inspiring and influencing the built environment

Since 1985

It is always important that we make time to reflect on successes and recognise all of the people who have played a part in making Sutcliffe the organisation it is today, both staff and clients.

I had lunch recently with our longest standing client, and it is wonderful that we are still working together 35 years later. I can only imagine in 1985 when John Sutcliffe was starting out, Liverpool City Region was a very different place than the thriving place it is today.

Many of our team have been with us from the early days, Billy joined us 30 years ago, man and boy; Jacqui has 24 years service and she hasn’t changed one bit, many have grown their entire career with us and for that we are very grateful.

As we look to the future with a bright new brand, and website, but it’s more than just the look of the company, we have taken time to think about our values and we will be setting out our vision in the coming months as we reveal a year of celebration and continued success.

Sean Keyes
Managing Director
Sene Keyes stood in front of the Liverpool Liver Building

Future-facing since 1985

Multi-disciplinary chartered consultants who deliver from concept to completion

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Our Experts

Sean Keyes

Managing Director - MEng CEng MICE MIStructE MRICS MaPS

Ian Maciver

Director - BSc (Hons) CEng MICE IOSH

William Baldwin

Director - BEng (Hons) CEng MIStructE AIEMA

Martin Pocock


Approaching 30 years within the company Sean has become the dynamic leader he is today. In that time he has developed a forward-thing, pragmatic approach to problem solving which allows him to lead the team with strength and direction.

Sean adopts several roles within the business including the management of all client relationships and quality management of all processes, ensuring innovation and engineering excellence. As a chartered engineer for over a quarter of a century he supports the wider team providing expert technical advice when required and has developed many of the structural engineering practices within the company.

He takes an active role supporting the local community in his position as a school governor and on the Liverpool BID Company Commercial District board. Within the business he is one of very few who has trained chartered surveyors, and civil and structural engineers, of which he is very proud.

Sean is regularly instructed to provide expert advice on complex engineering problems, including fire, explosion and flood damage, land remediation, demolition, defective structures and construction defects resulting in his well-respected expertise as an expert witness.

Sean’s key skills are:

Visionary leadership
Communication and negotiation
Commercial awareness
Stakeholder engagement
Continuous improvement and best practice
Achieving engineering excellence

Sean is a member of the following professional institutions:

Institution of Structural Engineers
Institution of Civil Engineers
The Association of Project Safety
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

Currently in his 20th year at the company, as a director Ian has responsibility for the project and technical design team, providing clear direction and support and ensuring quality delivery every time. His key assets to the business is his commerciality and wealth of knowledge of the construction industry.

A proud Liverpool John Moores University graduate, Ian spent most of the 90s living and working overseas, responsible for running an international consultancy in Muscat, Oman between the years of 1989 and 1999. It was at this point that Ian then joined the Sutcliffe family, where he was initially responsible for leading the company’s first satellite office.

Ian has worked on a variety of schemes across the United Kingdom and in the Middle East for prestigious companies, working with steel, concrete and timber frames, with extensive experience working with Glulam structures. Interestingly, Ian was an engineer on the design team for the Thames Barrier which was one of the world’s first Glulam structures!

He now oversees an experienced team of engineers providing direction and support throughout the life of the project. Ian’s principal areas of expertise include commercial, leisure, residential and industrial, and is an expert in high rise structures.

Ian’s key skills are:

Time and cost management
Stakeholder engagement
Maintaining client objectives
Innovative problem solving
Design coordination

Ian is a member of the following professional institutions:

Institution of Civil Engineers
The Engineering Council
Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
Member of the Institute of Directors

William joined the Sutcliffe family in 1989 and is primarily involved in projects for the social housing sector and oversees the Geotechnical and Environmental Department. He is proud to have worked his way up the company ladder from trainee draughtsman to company director.

He works closely alongside his team to maintain the highest possible design standards and has played a pivotal role in helping to establish Sutcliffe as a lead consultant in the North West.

Adaptable, personable and full of character, William has developed long-standing relationships with local partners, clients, professional teams and contractors that have been key to Sutcliffe’s enduring success over the last three decades.

Arguably William’s greatest skill is his ability to find solutions to the trickiest of problems. He is regularly consulted by his colleagues on finding the ‘best way forward’. Having worked in the construction industry for over 30 years his historical knowledge of geotechnical and environmental issues across the North West of England is second to none.

William’s key skills are:

Technical / quality assistance
Stakeholder engagement
Maintaining client objectives
Innovative problem solving
Design coordination
Geotechnical and ground investigations

William is a member of the following professional institutions:

Institution of Structural Engineers
The Engineering Council

Martin has over 25 years’ experience within the civil and structural engineering industry, encompassing eight years residential and commercial development, project management, strategic planning, refurbishments/conversions of Listed buildings, feasibility analysis, budget/cost management, lead designer and senior management experience for a national developer.

Martin has spent 17 years in a multi-disciplinary consultancy consisting of highway, drainage, earthworks, infrastructure design and management, structural masonry, concrete and steel frame buildings. He is a leader in his field of drainage and ground modelling, and proficient in numerous software BIM packages.

He is approachable and a team player with strong relationships with both private and public sector.  His experience with technical due diligence and pre planning support, bring a range of options and value engineered solutions to the project team. In his time with Sutcliffe’s he has worked on key projects and has improved the productivity and now leads the Drainage and Infrastructure department.

Martin is a reviewer for the Institution of Civil Engineers in the UK and Hong Kong.

Martin’s key skills are:

Delivering projects on time and on budget
Technical due diligence
Design co-ordination
Technical support
Infrastructure design
Drainage design

Martin is a member of the following professional institutions:

Chartered Civil Engineer
Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers
Member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
Chartered Manager, Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute
Chartered Water and Environmental Manager, Institution of Water and Environmental Management

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