Contract Design (Northern) Ltd

Design and detail engineering consultancy to the energy, marine, pharmaceutical & manufacturing sector

Company Profile

CD Group is a diverse engineering services group established in 1987. We operate as a design and detail drafting contractor as well as supplying design engineering resource to Clients both in-house in Newcastle and at their offices worldwide.

Originally servicing mainly the offshore oil & gas and pharmaceutical markets we have expanded over the years to encompass the provision of engineering design services to the renewables, marine, power generation, pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors and we operate throughout the UK as well as Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands and France.

We are particularly strong in the Norwegian market in the supply of engineering staff to the offshore energy sector. We are fairly unique in that we are able to supply direct to Clients when most UK suppliers are forced to operate through tier 2 arrangements with Norwegian suppliers.

We have also expanded by acquisition and purchased a pharmaceutical D.O. in 1990 as well as a translation business, Eldon Bureau, and we also own a P.Q.S. firm, CD Associates. The core of our business, however, remains design and detailing.

Our headquarters are located in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in our owned open plan office on the top floor of a three storey modern office block.

Diversification and acquisition have led to our range of services including not only design and detail engineering but also:

  • the provision of engineers, designers and draughtsmen world-wide
  • professional quantity surveying services (CD Associates)
  • translation and interpreting in over 145 languages (Eldon Bureau)

Many of our employees are seconded to client’s offices world-wide and we are unique in the supply of such on-site engineering expertise in that, unlike employment agencies, we have the necessary engineering background and understanding of appropriate skills to ensure that we provide the correct people.

We also offer “on the job” training in the latest CAD software (including AutoCAD, PDMS, AutoCAD Inventor, SolidWorks and Tribon, amongst others) supported by public and other private organisations where necessary.

Recent and current projects include:

  • 65,000 manhours of structural and piping detail design for the West Chirag platform for the Caspian Sea (Amec – Baku).
  • Design and detailing on the new QE class aircraft carriers in Bristol and Rosyth (over 70 engineers and draughtsmen employed from 2005 to 2019).
  • Supply of personnel to SBM in Monaco and Angola for offshore oil and gas projects.
  • Plant surveys and P&ID update projects for pharmaceutical plants e.g. Procter & Gamble in the North of England.
  • Engineers to the offshore industry in Norway (since 1987)