Our designs stand the test of time

Our story starts in Edinburgh back in the mid-19th Century when we were established in 1848 by Benjamin Hall Blyth. In those +170 years, Blyth & Blyth has been a reassuring mainstay of the UK construction industry.

An essential part of the development of our built environment, there are many iconic and distinctive building and civil engineering works we have carefully designed.

In the beginning, the company played an essential role in the development of Scotland’s road and rail infrastructure.

It was responsible for the design of many remarkable works including Edinburgh’s North Bridge, the Clyde Viaduct, Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central station.

Seven years after setting up practice, Benjamin Blyth’s younger brother Edward joined the company in 1854, which is where the Blyth & Blyth company name originated. In 1866 Benjamin Blyth died at the age of 47 from overworking. We still today pride ourselves in our work ethic and commitment as a business.

Caledonian Station, Edinburgh, c1880

Throughout the 20th century, our services grew and diversified. The 60s and 70s saw the company grow and, in 1965, the Quantity Surveying department was set up. Three years later in 1968 the M&E department was established. The formation of these new departments led to a new partnership being formed in 1971 which was called Blyth & Blyth Associates. Offices were established in London, Inverness and Belfast.

In the 1980s we pioneered the use of CAD and invested heavily in hardware and software. The result was that, in the late 1980s, we were one of the first companies to plot in colour. Due to our increasing team and workload we moved out to the Gyle in Edinburgh, where we are still based.

Murrayfield Stadium 1924

Ratho 2003

Standard Life House 1996

Scotsman 2001

Today, we remain one of the UK’s foremost independent, multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies. We specialise in building design, civil engineering, infrastructure and industrial project management.

Active across all sectors of the construction industry, our teams of civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineers deliver projects for a broad range of both public and private sector clients throughout the UK.

The essence of our founding principles remain the same as they did over 170 years ago:

  • Delivering innovation in design
  • By designing buildings for the future
  • For projects which are led by experienced Directors
  • By understanding our clients’ business requirements through partnership and collaboration

Tullis Russell & Co – Paper Mills 1946-1955

Edinburgh Royal Infirmary 2003