About us

Excelling as a collective is the objective in everything we do. Hive Consultants is an independent UK company of highly skilled chartered engineers, each with our own specialist expertise and experience. Combined, we provide tailored solutions that improve value, efficiency and reliability for clients across all sectors.

We acquire a full understanding of our clients’ specific requirements from the outset, allowing us to deliver a collaborative, bespoke design approach to all aspects of our projects.

We’re proud of our track record of delivering innovative projects underpinned by sustainable, efficient design, to the highest standards in the industry.

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Meet the leadership team

Each member of the Hive team has extensive knowledge and experience within their specialist areas and works closely with every client to successfully bring their vision to life.

Andrew Burbridge Andrew Burbridge
Andrew Burbridge Director
Andrew Burbridge

B.Eng. (Hons), C.Eng, LCEA, LCC, MCIBSE

Andy received his degree in mechanical engineering at Sheffield Hallam University, following this he has worked for various large international consultancies where he developed his understanding of the built environment and its requirements. Throughout this time Andy progressed from a Trainee Engineer to a Senior Engineer whilst working on and running his own projects. These ranged from 15,000 seat stadia to new build headquarters and training facilities for the police force. Whilst Andy was working for Jacobs he was the MEP lead for the Building Information Modelling (BIM) team within the UK and he undertook and led several projects utilising the software. Andy led a number of projects ranging from rail to aviation and was part of the team undertaking the redevelopment at London Stansted Airport. He also led the MEP redevelopment of Grade II Listed Hackney Town Hall which included full plant replacement throughout.

In 2013 Andy moved to Maleon as a Senior Engineer and over the next five years he progressed to Associate level. In this period, he undertook a number of large projects including the redevelopment of the new Accident and Emergency department at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. He also ran a four-year project in Harlow Essex which consisted of the demolition of several buildings. Following this the site was sterilised for the construction of a new data centre site and refurbishment of 160,000 square foot of office space along with a data centre move and construction. Andy left Maleon in May 2018 and became a director of Hive Consultants.

Andy has extensive experience across a wide range of industry sectors and he has been registered as a low carbon energy assessor for many years. This enables him to advise on energy reduction proposals which aids in the reduction of running costs for clients. Along with his ability to engineer using BIM he also has experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) which has been utilised on various projects.

Being a keen snowboarder he is normally found in the mountains throughout the winter period, having visited resorts globally in pursuit of his passion. When not knee deep in snow he can be found in the gym attempting to keep fit from the looming crisis of middle age. Andy is father to two young children and spends the majority of his spare time entertaining his children with his wife. Andy is also a football fan and supporter of the great Leeds United.

James Cottee James Cottee
James Cottee Director
James Cottee

B.Eng. (Hons), C.Eng., MEI, MIMechE, ACIBSE

In 1986 James started working with a locally renowned Colchester based mechanical services contractor, CH Lindsey and Son, in the drawing office. He worked his way up from Trainee to Senior Mechanical Engineer, passing his ONC, HNC and CED certificates. During this time James’ role was all encompassing around the design and installation of the projects he worked on. This enabled James to learn a valuable lesson of practical design and installation and to appreciate the financial implications to the company if things weren’t installed as originally designed.

After 11 years at C H Lindsey & Son, James moved to Mott McDonald in Cambridge, as a Senior Mechanical Engineer and jumped the fence from contractor to consultant. Whilst at Motts, James undertook work at the Palace of Westminster on various separate projects as well as the detailed design of Thoresby Hall, a large hotel fit-out in a Grade I Listed building for Warner Leisure in Nottingham. To progress his career, James enrolled on a B.Eng. course in Energy Engineering at Southbank University in 1997 and graduated in 2000 with a first-class honours degree.

In 2001 James moved to Maleon as an Associate Mechanical Engineer and worked on many projects in many sectors including commercial office fit-outs, leisure and hotels, education, healthcare, data centres, comms room refurbishments and fitouts. Some of the notable projects worked on include a BP headquarters building in Azerbaijan, American Express headquarters in Rome and Sussex, comms room fit-outs in Dubai, Iraq and Oman. During this period James worked his way up to Director of Maleon, undertaking the day to day running of the business and leading the mechanical department of the business. In March 2018, James left Maleon and joined Hive Consultants as a sub-consultant, becoming a Director in June 2019.

James is married with a teenage daughter and lives in rural Cambridgeshire where he spends his weekends walking his two large dogs and mucking out his wife’s horses. From the age of 15 James has trained in the Japanese martial art of Ju-Jitsu recently obtaining his 5th Dan. He is also a national referee and competition judge as well as a senior coach. He also enjoys shooting and has on occasion has been seen at the gym and supporting Ipswich Town football club.

Matthew Lubbock Matthew Lubbock
Matthew Lubbock Director
Matthew Lubbock

B.Eng. (Hons), C.Eng., MIET

Matthew started his career in electrical engineering in 1985, when he undertook his full EITB Craft Apprenticeship. Once qualified he worked as an electrician, ending his career on the tools as shift foreman in 1994. During this time he passed his LC&G Part I, Part II & ‘C’  Course in Electrical Installation.  He also completed his ONC & HNC in Electrical & Electronic Engineering.  From this point he worked as a Technical Officer in the MOD before moving across to a private design consultancy in 1996, where he completed his B.Eng Hons in Building Services Engineering in 1998.

Since then he has worked on a wide variety of industrial and commercial designs and has a wealth of experience in building services engineering covering all aspects of reporting, project management, planning, design, supervision, testing and commissioning.  His broad experience in both electrical and mechanical engineering gives him a unique understanding and skill set which allows him to translate each client’s requirments into practical, cost effective engineering solutions, always endeavouring to exceed there aspirations.

After working at Bailey Gomm (Herts) from 1997 to 1999 as an Intermediate Engineer, he joined Mott McDonald (Cambs) as a Senior Electrical Engineer, working on many large scale projects, such as Thoresby Hall Hotel, Norwich Union critical engineering upgrade and the Houses of Parliament.  From Mott McDonald he joined Maleon in 2001 as an Associate and progressed to a full Director in 2012.  Over this period he successfully delivered many projects across numerous sectors including commercial office fit-outs, leisure and hotels, industrial, office and residential new builds, education, healthcare and data centres.  He is also very experienced in delivering large scale projects overseas including BP’s new corporate headquarters in Baku, Azerbaijan.  He left Maleon in 2017 to form Hive Consultants Ltd and remains committed to delivering reliable and practical solutions to his clients’ engineering challenges.

Matthew has been married for 24 years and has two grown up children and two dogs. He has a passion for sports including rugby, hockey, golf, snowboarding, cricket and distance swimming. In his down time he enjoys an episode or two of Blackadder and a relaxing over a few beers with friends.

Paul Davis-Moull Paul Davis-Moull
Paul Davis-Moull Director
Paul Davis-Moull

MSc, C.Eng., MInstRE, MIET

Paul joined the Army in November 1989 where he completed his City and Guilds certificates as an electrician and in March 2003 he passed an HND course in Electrical Building Services. His time served in the Army gave him a lot of practical experience of electrical installations and he completed the design of large accommodation and catering facilities. He also gained experience working as an Authorised Person for safety systems on RAF Airfields including HV, LV, airfield lighting, petroleum installations and confined spaces.

In July 2007 Paul left the Army and started working for a building services consultancy where he completed a master’s degree in 2012 and became a Chartered Engineer in 2014. During that employment Paul progressed to Associate Director. He worked on many varied projects including a mixed use high end residential/healthcare new build, an extension and complete refurbishment of the Emergency Department at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital whilst the department was still operational, a new build office building in Baku, Azerbaijan and resilient critical services projects in Oman and Cairo.

Paul became a Director at Hive Consultants in April 2018 and is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic Chartered Electrical Engineer who thrives working in challenging conditions and leads his team to meet stringent deadlines.

Paul has a small holding in North West Essex where he keeps Angora goats, horses, chickens and guinea fowl. He also enjoys shooting. Paul is a passionate beekeeper, running three beehives at present and is the local Beekeeping Association’s Bee Health Officer and Asian Hornet Action Team (AHAT) lead.

Stuart Featherstone Stuart Featherstone
Stuart Featherstone Strategic Development Manager
Stuart Featherstone

Stuart has over thirty years’ experience in the construction industry; having started his career in mechanical and electrical engineering design and consultancy, working for leading national M&E contractors and thereafter design practices. During this time, Stuart became responsible for all work winning activities and business operations, and relished the opportunity in investigating team ethos and collaborative customer engagement to secure high profile projects on a national basis.

The extensive network of professionals Stuart worked with, and his reputation for work winning strategies and securing flagship projects led to him working for several national Tier 1 main contractors. Stuart led on business development and work winning activities, and secured a number of well-known projects through his diligent approach to securing new business leading on customer engagement.

In joining HIVE Consultants, Stuart now leads on all Strategic Business Development and work winning activities for the company, and has recently led the rebranding of the company to set a new benchmark on successful delivery and profile elevation.

Stuart lives in a small hamlet in rural Suffolk on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds with his wife, son and two dogs, and relishes the outdoors and country pursuits which end in a well-earned pint in the local pub. He has recently started learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA, albeit, being of a certain age, he should really know better, given the recently sustained minor injuries.

Accreditations & Memberships

Our accreditations and memberships are testament to our high professional standards and achievements.