Mr B & Friends has launched a vibrant new brand for award-winning engineering consultancy Hoare Lea.
With a turnover of approximately £80 million, more than 800 employees, and 62 partners, the firm has worked on high-profile projects across the world, including: Heathrow Airport’s new terminal 2A, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Oxford Westgate shopping centre.
Featuring a bold new marque and contemporary design style, the brand grew from newly defined values and vision. It’s this grounding in an authentic internal culture that’s ensured the new identity has rung true with both its people and clients, and showcases exactly what the firm offers to the world.
Adam Partridge, Strategy and Planning Director at Mr B & Friends, adds: “From our earliest meetings with Hoare Lea we felt a clear sense of the dedication its people display towards their firm and their clients. This led to the development of a brand position rooted in the firm’s ethos of commitment and expertise, and the grounding of an identity built on close relationships.”
The rebrand was also about looking to the future – and was influenced by a desire to counter a common misconception: that engineering is a formal industry only suited the most technically minded. With its accessible new brand and inspiring phrases such as ‘engineers of human experiences’, Hoare Lea aims to engage a diverse pool of talented youngsters who otherwise might not consider entering the industry. In this respect, such an invigorated new identity is well timed: engineering will be in the spotlight throughout 2018 thanks to the ‘Year of Engineering’ – a government campaign to inspire the next generation.
Ian Durbin, Partner at Hoare Lea, adds: “Our brand journey was even more powerful than I had dared hope. It was a rallying call for our people to unite under, and has sparked an enthusiasm that’s already becoming infectious. This new identity is rooted in our confident, positive, can-do attitude – the one that’s always been at the heart of our firm, as anyone who works with us knows. A few weeks after launch, we can already feel the effects of this transformation. But it’s just the start – we’ll be working hard during the next few years to build on this positive change we’ve made.”