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Birtley Group Welcomes New Design Engineer

Birtley Group Welcomes New Design Engineer

Birtley Group is pleased to welcome Kristina Lightburn to the Expamet Construction team as a Design Engineer.

Having recently graduated from Northumbria University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Kristina will be part of the windpost and masonry support systems design team which will see her design bespoke and often complex products. She will also be a key member of the technical helpline team that offers support to our customers over the phone.

‘I have always had a keen interest in design and engineering and enjoyed every aspect of my degree. I am over the moon to start my career with Expamet Construction as they have worked on some really interesting and big projects over the years. The team are really experienced and because the products we design are manufactured in the same facility, I can see my own designs come to life. ‘

Nick Murray, Head of Technical at Birtley Group is happy to have Kristina join the team.

‘Kristina’s enthusiasm for design and engineering is evident along with her commitment and attention to detail.  The pace that she has learned our product range has been amazing; she is a real asset to the team.’

To request a fast Windpost Design Quote click here 

To enquire about a bespoke Masonry Support design and quote please contact us here

To download our Revit models for BIM please follow this link 

Part of the Birtley Group

Birtley began life as Birtley Building Products in 1965, based at the current site in County Durham. Originally a steel fabricator for the area’s mining and power generation industries, the company made its first steel lintels in 1967. Since then, Birtley has grown from reliable local supplier to a UK-wide force in construction design technology and product development.

In 1889, the British Metal Expansion Company was established in Hartlepool. It had sole European rights for the manufacture of expanded metal mesh, mainly for use as reinforcement and lath in the rapidly expanding sector of concrete construction. The business that grew from these early days later changed its name to Expamet.


Acquired by Birtley Group in 2015, Bowater Doors is a nationally-known name synonymous with top quality and imaginative composite residential door design and manufacture.

The product portfolio offers exclusive ranges for trade installers and a retail range providing doors direct to consumer and social housing organisations.

Birtley Galvanizing boasts one of the most impressive galvanizing plants in Europe. The plant achieves the finest quality hot-dip galvanized zinc protective coatings to BS EN ISO 1461. Using state-of-the-art technology the plant processes steel products using a computer controlled, automated handling system, enabling Birtley Galvanizing to provide full project solutions to many industries.