About the company

Our History

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HDR | Andrew Reid is a specialist commissioning, design and diagnostic consultancy. Formed in 1970 to provide professional engineering expertise relating to the design and commissioning of mechanical and electrical building services works, the company continues to be recognised as a leading brand in providing practical solutions to ever complex building services engineering issues.

The company was formed in 1970 when Andrew Reid left Haden Young to establish a consulting engineering practice intent on providing a very high level of service and technically excellent engineering designs.

As the firm’s reputation for excellence grew, commissions were received in the Arts sector, notable for the Guildhall School of Music, the National Theatre and the Barbican Arts Centre.

As a result of a hugely successful relationship with retailer J Sainsbury over very many years, we were invited to undertake design work for The National Gallery; which continues to this day. This has since led to considerable work in the sector with clients including the British Museum, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Mary Rose Trust, Imperial War Museum, National Maritime Museum and Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology.

The Broadgate development in London was a significant project and in 1983 HDR | Andrew Reid was appointed on the first of all fourteen phases of commissioning management in this highly prestigious project.

In view of impending retirement, Andrew Reid handed over the reins of the practice to the three remaining partners in March 1997.

1997 also saw the beginning of a relationship with Deutsche Bank which has continued to this day, with the commissioning management of their new London headquarters at Winchester House. We have been involved on their estate throughout the UK ever since and additionally have travelled across the globe on various Deutsche Bank commissions.

The late 1990s saw the birth of the data centre sector and we were there at the start. In view of the highly complex engineering involved it is a sector in which we have continued to flourish, serving clients internationally.

The legal status of the firm changed in 2003 to that of a limited liability partnership and in 2010 to that of a limited company.

2014 ushered in a new era. HDR | Hurley Palmer Flatt Group acquired a majority share in the company and, following David Lake’s retirement new directors were appointed to further develop and promote the growth of the company. Strategically, a new company was formed in Dubai to service the ongoing demand for excellence in testing and commissioning in the region.

Today, the company continues to successfully service end user clients and contractors in facilities including commercial offices, data centres, galleries, healthcare, housing, laboratories, museums, retail outlets and other specialist buildings.

Mission, Vision, Values

Our Mission

To inspire and lead the way in engineering through our expertise, integrity, relentless delivery and commitment to our clients.

Our Vision

To be recognised as the ultimate specialist design and commissioning consultancy. To become established leaders in engineering excellence and providers of an unrivalled client experience.

Our Values

  • Integrity
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Tenacity
  • Aspiration
  • Distinction