Mabbett continues staff growth and service diversification

Date Posted: 5 May, 2023

4 May 2023

Planning, Design, Environmental, Engineering & Safety consultancy targets Highland growth with appointment of drainage, topographical survey & road design specialist


  • Continued growth in staff.
  • Increased capabilities and service diversification.

Following the full integration of GH Johnston Building Consultants Ltd (GHJ) in March 2023 as a new Planning & Design division within Mabbett & Associates Ltd (Mabbett), the company continues its growth journey, welcoming Gary Mackintosh (formerly owner of GMC Surveys) as Principal Engineer. Mackintosh’s expertise in drainage, topographical surveys and roads design will further enhance Mabbett’s existing capabilities to development clients, particularly in the Highlands, Moray and Aberdeenshire.

Mackintosh is a well-known, experienced and respected engineering consultant held in high regard by local authorities and key stakeholders across the Highlands with an existing, established personal and working relationship with Mabbett. Having worked alongside Kenny Shand, Mabbett’s Director of Planning & Design, in a previous role, he has previously been providing drainage and topographic surveys to the Mabbett team to support planning applications for mixed residential and commercial developments.

Speaking about Mackintosh joining the Team, James Forbes, Director – Engineering said:

“I am delighted to welcome Gary into our Engineering Group. His capabilities in drainage, topography and roads design will broaden Mabbett’s offering allowing us to provide greater depth of services to our development clients. In turn, the diverse capability of Mabbett, will permit Gary to offer a fuller suite of service to his clients further supporting Mabbett’s growth in the Highlands.”

On joining Mabbett, Gary commented:

“I am excited to be joining the Mabbett team at an exciting time for the company. My new role gives me the ideal opportunity to extend the reach of my services to a wider client base across Moray and the Highlands whilst introducing additional professional services, such as: planning support, architectural design and site investigations to my existing clients.”

Since transitioning into Inverness-based investment company, GEG Capital Ltd, Mabbett has acquired GH Johnston Building Consultants Ltd and the assets of Nevis Environmental Ltd, both fully integrated into Mabbett and most recently, acquired GEP Environmental Ltd. These strategic acquisitions have strengthened and enhanced planning, design, ecology, energy and environmental services allowing continued growth of the client base. The acquisitions have provided UK wide geographic coverage with expansion into the Highlands and North of Scotland, North of England, South East England and Wales.

Image: James Forbes (left), Director, Engineering welcomes Gary (right) inside Willow House