Design ID

Design ID


23 Lisburn Road,
Hillsborough, BT26 6AA


Apprentices still working with the company

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HEAR from the employer...

As a company we have recognised that not all talented young people will want to go down the traditional university route to become a structural or civil engineer. In order to ensure we are gaining access to the best candidates to help grow our team we have extended our annual recruitment to include apprentices. Employing apprentices will enable us to train and develop a young person while supporting them with their academic studies providing us with an engineer who grows and develops over an extended period of time.

Joanne Irvine
Human Resources Manager
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"As an apprentice you do not need to worry about finance and how costly your university experience could be, as it is all paid for by your training providers. It has been interesting for me to experience how an engineering company operates, and the amount of thought that goes into every process. The apprenticeship route has given me such a variety of tasks and experiences which you cannot get from a full-time course.

Robert Holland
Civil Engineer Apprentice

A bit MORE about us...

Who we are

Founded in 2005, Design ID is an award–winning civil & structural engineering practice, with a reputation for innovative design solutions and lateral thinking. From our offices in Hillsborough (County Down) and London, we have developed a diverse portfolio of work, extending throughout the UK and Ireland.

Our team of dynamic, creative and ambitious engineers and designers are known for their flexible and pro–active approach towards working with architects, artists, designers, developers and contractors.

Our experience of working within multidisciplinary teams enables us to make a positive contribution at the early stages of the design process, where our engineering input can help achieve elegant and cost–effective solutions.

What we do

We pride ourselves on developing skills and expertise beyond those of traditional structural engineers. Our work combines the informed use of technology with our extensive experience of working with a wide range of materials.

Our projects consist of large–scale residential developments, commercial, healthcare, hotels, bespoke residential properties, education, leisure, cultural buildings and retail. We also have considerable experience of remedial and refurbishment work in the conservation of historic buildings.

Our knowledge and skills include:

General building structures:

  • Steel framed structures

  • Reinforced and pre–stressed concrete

  • Timber frames, floors and roofs

  • Load–bearing masonry structures

  • Aluminium structures

  • Temporary works design and appraisal

  • Foundation and basement design


Specialist Structures:

  • Furniture, Signage and lighting systems

  • Specialist staircases and balustrades

  • Sculpture and artworks

  • 3D modeling and analysis

  • Refurbishment and re–modeling of historic and listed structures

  • Lightweight structures, fabric, cable nets, and other geometrically non–linear structures.

  • Structural glass design and detailing


Civil Infrastructure:

  • Road, Rail and Pedestrian Bridges

  • Marine Structures and Coastal Protection

  • Public Realm Infrastructure & landscape engineering

  • Asset Protection by inspection, strengthening and refurbishment

  • Retaining Structures

  • Temporary Works & Design for Demolition


Added Value Services:

  • Due Diligence appraisals

  • Expert Witness

  • Construction Logistics & Feasibility Modelling

  • Project Management to Statutory Approvals

Employee Benefits

Benefits Include:

  • Cycle to Work Scheme

  • Employee Assistance Programme

  • Retail Discount Scheme

  • Gym Discounts

  • Savings and Investments

  • Private Medical Insurance

  • Salary Sacrifice Group Pension Scheme

  • Buy and Sell Leave Scheme

  • Enhanced Maternity and Paternity Allowances

  • Flexible and Family Friendly Policies

  • Industry Leading Company Training Scheme to Chartership and beyond

  • Sports and Social Fund

  • Excellent IT provision and investment

  • Staff work closely with directors and senior staff

  • Whole project involvement

  Design ID

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