Achieving More Together 

We achieve most when we marry engineering expertise with commercial intelligence, bringing together the specialist companies and people to deliver more than anyone could do alone.

Strong foundations

Originally formed as C. J. Pell & Partners by Cecil Pell in 1926, the firm made its start in London, growing quickly in the years that followed - especially following the second World War. During its early years, it centered its work on structural engineering and mechanical and electrical building services.

The company rose to national prominence in the 1960s with the structural engineers behind the iconic 117m high Centre Point. Its unusual construction - made of precast concrete pieces assembled on site by crane - rose at a then record rate of one floor complete every seven days, all without external scaffolding.

Centre Point W

Growing recognition

In the early 1970s, the name Pell Frischmann was adopted, with Dr Wilem Frischmann becoming a partner and leading figure at the firm, alongside other notable figures such as Sudhakar Prabhu who would later found the company's Indian subsidiary Frischmann Prabhu.

In the 1980s, Pell Frischmann grew rapidly. It acquired the West Yorkshire Road Construction Sub-Unit during privatisation, and has grown the operation in Wakefield into an internationally recognised roads engineering consultancy. It also took on 70 staff from the Milton Keynes Development Corporation, having played a key role in the design of the largest new town in the country. During this time, one of the company's most famous projects, the Natwest Tower (now Tower 42) was built - at the time, the highest office tower in Europe.

Natwest Tower S

International endeavour

Growth continued into the 1990s, when Sudhakar Prabhu founded Frischmann Prabhu in Mumbai, growing the new business in rail, road, and water engineering and expanding into offices across India. The firm moved into water engineering with a new base in Exeter following water industry privatisation, and established a presence in the Middle East.

Into the new century, Pell Frischmann took on an international outlook. Its engineers in Wakefield were behind the development of Highway 2000, a major new highway connecting key locations across Jamaica to support economic growth. The firm also took a hands-on role in the rebuilding of Iraq, turning its engineering expertise to improvements in water and transport capacity across the war-torn country.

Hunts Bay Bridge W

A new environmental era

In 2015, Pell Frischmann was acquired by RSBG, part of RAG Stiftung, which was itself established to build a commercial income to finance environmental improvement in the Ruhr in Germany.

The new decade also saw Pell Frischmann established its own new acquisition strategy, bringing on board MEP specialists Desco, and Road ITS specialists 4Way Consulting. At the same time, it was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise for a second time, and returned to its iconic Centre Point to support its revival for the next century.

Pell Frischmannhonouredwitha Queen Awardfor Enterprise

Pell Frischmann plans aviation team

Pell Frischmann has delivered terminal buildings, vital support infrastructure, and secondary economic developments for airports, and the time has come to establish a dedicated team in this specialist field.

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Pioneering Leaders of Tomorrow

After gaining vital skills from her internship at our Indian office, we are proud to announce that Isha Kulkarni has been recognised by UCL as one to watch for the future.

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