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Bright future for Lighting Design function thanks to Yorkshire office and new hire

We have strengthened our internal lighting design function following the hire of a new lighting designer and the creation of a specialist lighting design hub in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

As a business, we have established ourself as a lighting designer and installer of choice for a wide range of local authority partners and clients – with projects including heritage lighting renovations and energy saving LED street lighting upgrades.

We are currently working across a number of term maintenance lighting contracts, including North and North East Lincolnshire, Sandwell and the London Borough of Hillingdon – while supporting Bury Council with LED upgrades and delivering temporary lighting design services to the government’s HS2 project.

As a result of our proven track record for delivering innovative lighting design solutions, we have taken the decision to open a standalone lighting design office in Bradford, West Yorkshire, while expanding our team with the addition of seasoned designer, Rachel O’Connell.

Rachel began her street lighting career in 2007 after securing a role with SSE – before gaining the necessary qualifications to become a qualified lighting designer while working across a range of PFI contracts for the national energy provider.

Following 15 years with the business, Rachel recently saw the opportunity to join McCann as a Lighting Designer and work alongside the company’s Design and Technical Manager Michael Walker.

With knowledge of McCann’s positive reputation, Rachel felt the time was right to apply for the role and continue her career progression.

“McCann has always been seen as a great name within the industry, so to have the opportunity to join the business is not something you can easily pass up” explains Rachel.

Rachel continues, “McCann is renowned for continually investing in its people, and the business has committed to continuing my professional development by supporting me with attaining Engineering Council Status – something I’m truly grateful for. I’m really excited about this next chapter and to be working with such a passionate, innovative and customer-focused team.”

Michael is delighted to be welcoming Rachel to the team and with the addition of the new office in Bradford, he can only see this specialist business function going from strength to strength in the future.

“The need for our services is always increasing, so as a business we must continue to invest in order to deliver the right solution each and every time,” explains Michael.

“Rachel is a fantastic designer. Her knowledge is unrivalled and together I know we will make a strong team with the ability to deliver solutions that exceed customer expectations, while solving complex problems,”

“At the same time, our new Bradford office is perfect, with good strategic road and rail connections to locations across the UK – making it easy for us to meet with clients in order to discuss their projects and understand their needs.” 


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