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Whitbybird was a privately owned structural engineering consultancy, founded in 1984[1] by Mark Whitby and Bryn Bird. It was initially named Whitby and Bird, then Whitby Bird & Partners and finally Whitbybird. The practice was joined in 1984 by Mike Crane and shortly afterward Tony Greatorex who were to form the core partnership until they incorporated in October 2000.[2] In 2005 they had 300 staff members, six offices in the UK and one in Dubai.[1]

In 2004 they won 30 awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects (including London Building of the Year), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Royal Fine Art Commission, the Civic Trust, the British Council for Offices, and others.[1] In 2006 it won a Queen's Award for Enterprise for innovation.[3]

The practice merged with the Nordic consultancy Ramboll in August 2007 becoming Ramboll Whitbybird.[4] In 2008 they were ranked 26th in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For.[5]

In 2009 the practice was re-branded Ramboll UK.[6] Mark Whitby and Mike Crane are no longer in their old positions as chairman and chief executive.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Bartholomew, David (2008). "Case study: Whitbybird". Building On Knowledge: Developing Expertise, Creativity and Intellectual Capital in The Construction Professions. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 1-4051-4709-1.
  2. ^ "Whitby Bird & Partners". Archived from the original on December 12, 2000. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  3. ^ "The Queen's Awards For Enterprise: Innovation. Winners List 2006-2010" (PDF). Business Link.
  4. ^ Mark Choueke (2007-08-12). "Ramboll kops rival Whitbybird". The Daily Telegraph.
  5. ^ "Sunday Times List 2008 - Mid Companies". Best Companies Ltd.
  6. ^ a b "RAMBOLL WHITBYBIRD LTD BECOMES RAMBOLL UK LTD". Ramboll. 2009-04-06.