US engineering and construction firm Burns & McDonnell is opening its first office in the UK.

The company will work with utilities to design and adapt Britain’s infrastructure to meet the latest energy challenges.

The office in Birmingham will be led by Jonathan Chapman, Managing Director of Burns & McDonnell Europe UK.

He said: “We are facing disruptive challenges in the electric industry here in the UK. These challenges require innovation in the types of investment and technology deployment to support renewable energy, energy storage, connection of new nuclear and the shift to electric vehicles. It’s a natural evolution as resources and supporting technology get pushed to achieve even higher levels of grid performance.”

Burns & McDonnell chairman Ray Kowalik added: “Ask the leader of any major business what keeps them up at night and chances are the increasing demands on their infrastructure is on that list. We are committed to helping the UK not only solve existing challenges, but navigate new and exciting solutions necessary for meeting future challenges.”