Portsmouth firm aims high for 30th anniversary

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DECADES: McAndrew Martin staff outside the firm’s offices at the Acorn Business Centre in Northarbour Road, Portsmouth. Managing director Bill McAndrew is pictured front centre

A multi-disciplinary consultancy in Portsmouth is targeting major new growth as it celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2019.

McAndrew Martin has developed into a multi-million-pound business with prestigious contracts at Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and Horse Guards Parade among others since its launch in 1989.

Based at the Acorn Business Centre in Portsmouth with offices in London, its six disciplines are architecture, mechanical and electrical engineering, structural engineering, building surveying, general practice, and project management and contract administration.

Managing director Bill McAndrew said: “Reaching this 30th anniversary milestone is testament to the talent and hard work of all of our staff.

“We’re very grateful for the support of our business associates, clients, contacts and suppliers over the years, and look forward to celebrating our anniversary in style with them later in 2019.

“Moving into larger offices in 2018 marked a fresh phase of our growth and we intend to use this landmark year as a springboard to drive even stronger expansion across each of our six disciplines

“We recorded 10 per cent year on year growth in 2018 before and want to significantly outstrip this in 2019 to make it a year to remember.”

Bill founded McAndrew Martin in 1989 in Portsmouth. In its first year, the company had one part-time and two full-time members of staff. In its 30th year, it now has more than 40 staff.

It moved from the Fairway Business Centre in Dundas Lane, Portsmouth, in 2018 to larger offices at the Acorn Business Centre in Northarbour Road.

McAndrew Martin has carried out quadrennial building inspections at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and The Tower of London as well as work at locations including the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

The independent firm was ranked 87th in Building magazine’s annual Top 150 Consultants list in 2018.

It opened its London office on the South Bank in 2016 and marked the restructuring of its directorates with a reception at the Gherkin in London.


McAndrew Martin began businesses in the same year as such landmark events included the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Tiananmen Square demonstrations in China.

The iconic glass and metal Louvre Pyramid in the courtyard of the Louvre Palace in Paris was completed and opened in this year.

In the UK, Interest rates stood at 15% and the average house price was £36,284.

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