Garrad Hassan and Partners Limited was established in 1984 to meet a growing need for independent expert advice on wind energy. It now employs over 360 staff in 19 countries and is recognised as a leading independent authority on wind power technology.
The company's unusual base, in St Vincent's Ironworks in Bristol, England, is an extraordinary Victorian gothic building with a rococo-like interior complete with tiles bearing the words "virtvte et indvstria" - virtue and hard work - an appropriate axiom for Andrew Garrad and his former co-partner Unsal Hassan, who recently left the business. St Vincent's has always been an engineering centre and it is said that Isambard Kingdom Brunel used it for some of his projects. Vaulted ceilings with frescos arch over a central rotunda, off which well- lit rooms are peopled by young professionals in front of computers. A large sign on a back wall reads: "Keep calm and carry on."
GH's consultancy services include asset management, short term wind energy output forecasting, wind turbine design and testing, offshore wind farm services, assessment for lenders, electrical system design, contract negotiation and a large dose of financial advice, especially for company mergers and acquisitions.