Contract Design (Northern) Ltd

Contract Design (Northern) Ltd

Design and detail engineering services and consultancy. Also supply of technical/engineering support personnel.
ISO:9001 Accredited

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 and 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. Companies such as Rosenberg WP, Kaefer and Archer happily use our services when they will not use any other UK 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 now own a P.Q.S. firm, CD Associates. The core of our business, however, remains design and detailing.

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)
Export Markets: NetherlandsNorwayFrance
Experience in Offshore Wind

• Structural detail design of the RWE Galloper OWF distribution platform topside (2,500t) and jacket (1,100t). • Cable management system design for an offshore wind turbine. Concept and detailed design of cable terminations within the transition piece, cable runs within the tower and cable runs within the nacelle. Deliverables; design calculations (Mathcad), 3D model, 2D fab drawings, bill of materials. • Cable termination and emergency release study, test procedures and design reports for floating wind project. • Steelwork outfitting package work on the transition pieces for the Beatrice OWF project. • Steelwork outfitting package work on the transition pieces for the Hornsea OWF project. • Structural design review and fabrication project engineering on the Beatrice Project for Siemens (based initially at Atkins Glasgow then at the Bifab facility). • Constructability design review of the Beatrice project for Siemens. • Fabrication costing exercise for an OWF distribution platform jacket and topside for tender support. • Electrical consultancy support to Babcock. Hornsea & Rampion Offshore Wind Farm. Responsible for the detailed design and build of all electrical systems on substations including coordination with HV subcontractors.