Arch Henderson was formed in 1919 to offer specialist services in the design of harbour works, coastal protection schemes and ship repair facilities. Although they specialise in maritime civil engineering, the firm has expanded to include architectural, civil, structural, and mechanical engineering and Principal Designer services for a wide range of industrial, energy and commercial sectors.

Arch Henderson have just celebrated their 100th Birthday this year. Here is a little bit of history about the company:

Archibald Henderson
Archibald Henderson

Archibald Henderson started his engineering career in 1895, aged 17, working for David Cunningham who was an Engineer for Dundee Harbour Trust. During his training he worked on many marine projects around the Dundee area gaining hands-on experience of civil engineering. After WWI, Archibald went into Partnership with G. Gordon Nicol, and began trading as Henderson and Nicol. During the 1930s, a time of world-wide depression, the company found trading conditions challenging, and Gordon Nicol decided to leave the partnership in 1938, leaving Archibald as the sole Partner until his death in 1947 at the age of 69. His eldest son, Ian took over the business followed by his youngest son, Gordon, who joined the firm in 1971. Today, no family members work in the organisation, but their legacy has been built upon to take the business into the 21st Century.

The company has grown over the past 100 years. The current Partnership of seven Partners manages a staff of nearly 80 people; offering a wider range of services.There are offices in Shetland, Orkney, Inverness, Thurso, Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow and Southampton.

Even if you are not a major customer in the engineering sector, Arch Henderson can still offer services to individual customers. You may be looking for advice regarding a house build or looking for help regarding a structural issue with your own house. Arch Henderson work on a regular basis with individuals that need structural certification for new builds. They are a very helpful and friendly company to work with.

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