Company History

We've made 50 years of Experience Count - we are one of the largest privately owned engineering, environmental and building control consultancies in the UK and operate throughout the UK and internationally
1966

The Beginning: Maddocks and Lusher

John Lusher and David Maddocks set up a structural engineering business from their homes in Ipswich.

1973

The Founders

Colin Matthews, a former colleague, joins the engineering duo and the partnership of Maddocks, Lusher and Matthews (MLM) is established.

1973
MLM - Timeline - 1976

Office Space

The company’s first office officially opens at 20 Museum Street, Ipswich.

1978
MLM - Timeline - 1978

Growing Portfolio

MLM’s expanding client base results in more than 2,000 live projects.

1979

Beyond Ipswich

Larger premises are found at a former hairdressing salon at 4 Soane Street, Ipswich. A second office is opened at 60 West Stockwell Street, Colchester.

1982

Expanding Services

A Civil Engineering division is launched, along with the foundation of a Central Services team.

1985

On The Move

Rising employee numbers leads to the 1978 opening of a new, larger office in London Road, Ipswich. The company’s turnover reaches £1million.

1987

Going Digital

The company gets its first computer.

1990

Milestone Moments

Live projects hit the 10,000 mark, whilst employee numbers rise to more than 30 people.

1991

Silver Celebrations

MLM celebrates its 25th anniversary with a champagne reception at country house hotel, Maison Talbooth, in Dedham.

1992

What Recession?

The recession encourages MLM to explore new business strategies – opening new regional offices in Cambridge and Chelmsford.

1995

Green Approach

An Environmental Services team is established.

1997

Building Control In The Capital

London office opens and MLM Building Control is formed, becoming one of the first independent Approved Inspectors in England and Wales.

1998

Executive Move

MLM appoints its first Chief Executive, Stephen Beales. The company’s first website is also launched.

2000

Rising Numbers

Employee numbers reach almost 100, whilst Norwich gets its first office in Cringleford.

2004

Official Opening

This year marks the opening of a Kent office in Ashford.

2006

High Point

Company turnover hits £10million.

2008

International Market

MLM establishes its first overseas office in the Middle East, leading to the start of the company’s international presence.

2010

Numbers Count

A Thames Valley office is opened in Wokingham – marking the company’s eighth UK office.

2011

National Presence

New office opens in Birmingham. UKTI mission leads to the opening of MLM Brasil, in São Paulo.

2014

Rapid Expansion

Offices open in Bristol, Southampton and Cardiff. MLM Acoustics division is formed.

2015

Best Company

MLM receives a 1 Star Best Company accreditation, which is retained in 2016.

2016

Merge

MLM merged with Fluid Structures.

2017

Rebrand Launched

After celebrating our 50th year, we introduce our new brand.

2025

Our Vision

MLM is a leading multidisciplinary design, compliance and specialist services practice operating across the UK and internationally.

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