A CIVIL engineering firm has announced a raft of new appointments.

Civil engineers R H Irving Construction, based at Borders Business Park in Longtown, has appointed two quantity surveyors and a site manager.

Its estimating department has also recruited a new trainee.

Originally from Yorkshire, QS Eddie Birch, 35, has a Masters degree from Leeds Metropolitan University and worked for several local firms before a move to New Zealand, where he was involved in a number of high-profile construction projects.

Eddie will be working on the construction of a major new garden centre in Stokesley, North Yorkshire, and will be joined there by site manager Bill Brymer, 60, whose 40-year career in the Cumbrian construction industry has included spells with Robertson Construction, Northern Developments and Metnor.

Former Nelson Thomlinson pupil Sam Middleham, 21, has also been recruited as a QS, while 20-year-old estimating assistant Andrew Moodycliffe – a graduate of Dundee University – will be working with his father Mark, the firm’s commercial director.

R H Irving Construction have diversified from their traditional areas of groundworks and other civil engineering operations into managing and delivering a wide range of commercial, industrial and retail building projects as a main contractor.

Ongoing and recent projects include an extension of Lloyds Agricultural’s premises in Kingstown, Carlisle, construction of a new hydro power facility at Abbeystead, Lancashire, construction of new warehouses and offices for SBS Ltd at Durranhill in Carlisle, extension of an Aldi store in Dumfries and construction of roads and sewers at various housing sites in Cumbria and southern Scotland.