About us

BT Bell, consulting engineers


Our base is Hexham in Northumberland. It's been our home for 14 years. In that time we have built up a well established group of clients across the UK and from time to time we also apply our trade oversees. Our projects can be found in Trinidad, Ghana and Saudi Arabia. We use the very best software and technology, but it's our engineering judgement and expertise that clients value above all else.

Who we are

We are a team of multi-skilled engineers dedicated to success and professional integrity. Our knowledge is in the civil and structural realm, but we're comfortable in a multi-disciplinary environment too. We are led by Brian Bell who set up the practice and continues in his role as Director. Stephen Ward who has worked with Brian for many years acts as our second in command. Supporting both Brian and Stephen, we have a team of engineers and technicians. Our staff come from a range of backgrounds and many of them have vast experience in the industry.

Our Team

Click staff members to learn more

Brian Bell
Engineer & Director

Stephen Ward
Senior Engineer

Colin Gould
Head Technician

John Paine
Senior Engineer

Valerie Bell
Company Secretary

Andrew Laidler

Matthew Pegg

Alex Whittemore

Professional Bodies

  • The Institution of Civil Engineers.
  • The Institution of Structural Engineers.
  • The Association of Consulting and Engineering.
  • The Association of Project Safety.
  • Constructionline.
  • The Institute of Quarrying.
  • The Contractor's Health and Safety Assessment Scheme.
  • North East Process Industry Cluster.
  • Registered to SER Ltd (Approved Certifier of Design Scotland).


  • The Journal Landmark Awards 2005-Best Office.
  • Premier Guarantee Regional Conservation Project 2011.
  • Local Authority Building Control Small Project Award 2009.
  • Constructing Excellence in the North East 2012-Heritage Award.
  • English Heritage Angel Award 2013.
  • Robert Stephenson Awards 2013-Finalist.
  • Hexham Civic Society Award 2007.
  • Newcastle City Council Conservation Award 2006.


We recognise the importance of sustainability in modern life. We are dedicated to making our footprint on the world a positive one. So we issue plans and reports digitally as a matter of course and we print to paper only on request. Our policy is to walk to meetings and share cars amongst ourselves where possible. We encourage our partner organisations and clients to share transport with us when they can for environmental reasons and social ones too! We are committed to our local community - we enjoy being part of Young Designer of the Year for high schools in Northumberland and we chair the industrial panel at Newcastle university.

Health and Safety

We consider health and safety to be an integral part of what we do. In our technical, project-based work it's the first thing we consider and the same is true of our own workplace and business practices. We will always comply with all the appropriate requirements of health, safety and welfare legislation and we review all our policies regularly as part of our on-going monitoring. We have a strong health and safety culture which is why we are CHAS accredited and members of the Association for Project Safety.

BIM and Software

BIM is a hot topic in the industry, and here at BT Bell we are striving to be at the cutting edge of the industry in this area. Software is an important component of modern engineering to provide analysis of complex projects - which is why we invest heavily in our software and hardware, so we are using the best there is.

Find out more about BIM and our software

School and University Links

We appreciate that the engineers of tomorrow are incredibly important for the industry's future. Our Director Brian is the chair of the industrial advisory panel for the school of civil engineering at Newcastle University ; supporting, guiding and providing assistance to both staff and students. We also maintain strong links with local schools and also have a local apprentice working with us.