The SYSTRA civil engineering team works collaboratively with clients to develop, design and construct some of the largest and most prominent infrastructure projects in the UK and worldwide.

Enabling complex infrastructure development

Delivering vital transport, energy or environmental infrastructure projects requires wide-ranging civil engineering expertise to ensure key priorities are addressed at every stage. Public and private-sector bodies responsible for implementing new infrastructure need to ensure that value, safety, functionality, sustainability, compliance and buildability are optimised at every stage of design and construction.

Civil engineering plays a key role in achieving all of these priorities. From initial concepts through to design, value-engineering and construction management, civil engineers are at the heart of successful infrastructure delivery.

The civil engineering teams at SYSTRA offer all the knowledge, experience and resources required to support the most complex infrastructure developments. We combine the latest design technologies with our understanding of innovative construction techniques and materials to deliver civil engineering schemes that fulfil all client objectives.

Discover how SYSTRA has applied innovation, technology and ingenuity to re-think infrastructure engineering solutions to optimise time, budget, safety and sustainability.

At SYSTRA, our civil engineering specialists help clients achieve value, efficiency, safety and environmental targets for major rail, highways, energy and water infrastructure projects.

Our skilled and experienced team of civil engineers covers every civil engineering discipline, from structural and geotechnical engineering to transport and environmental engineering. We can draw on a global pool of civil engineering expertise and resources to support the most ambitious transport and infrastructure projects, from the feasibility and planning stages through design, construction, testing and commissioning.

Our track record on some of the biggest infrastructure projects in the UK demonstrates our capabilities. We have played an important role in successfully delivering nationally significant projects in highly regulated, safety-critical sectors, such as energy and transport.

We use advanced 3D modelling to visualise and develop our engineering designs, enabling key success factors to be identified and addressed at the design phase. These models support our collaboration with stakeholders, enabling us to address project priorities, such as clash detection, virtual construction, design integration and safety management.

Conventional and high-speed rail civil engineering

Our rail expertise enables us to constantly re-invent, adapt and re-imagine transport solutions to meet tomorrow’s challenges. Our specialist knowledge of design, multi-discipline integration and interface management enables our clients to minimise disruption to passengers, reduce operating costs and deliver greater efficiencies. With a deep understanding of the sector built up over decades, we can deliver detailed civil engineering designs incorporating rail-specific assets across track design, bridges, OLE structures and earthworks, as well as managing the civil engineering interface with signalling, E&P, telecoms, environment and ecology.

SYSTRA civil engineering rail project successes in the UK include HS1, HS2, East Coast Mainline power supply upgrade, Gatwick Airport Station upgrade, Ebbw Vale railway line transformation and the Transpennine route upgrade.

Highways civil engineering

From site appraisal through to implementation, our civil engineering specialists provide a comprehensive package of services for highway scheme design, construction and cost control. Our engineering capability allows us to provide a balanced, practical, deliverable and cost-effective service. We apply industry software such as Bentley MX (XM), Civils 3D, PDS, Microdrainage (Windes) Autotrack, Signplot and Autocad, to provide a powerful and flexible design service to gain statutory approvals, Road Construction Consents and Section 56 approvals.


  • Concrete and steel design
  • Structural design, assessment and engineering
  • Infrastructure design and engineering
  • Drainage
  • Deep excavations
  • Buried services
  • Listed buildings
  • Crane fatigue analysis
  • Refurbishment
  • Temporary works

Supporting renewable energy infrastructure

SYSTRA civil engineers play a key role in the planning, design and construction of renewable energy infrastructure, including energy-from-waste, wind power, biomass, solar and marine/tidal facilities. We have designed and constructed some of the most advanced energy from waste (EfW) plants in the UK, including facilities at Oxfordshire, Cardiff, Suffolk, Leeds and Staffordshire, winning awards along the way. Appointed as lead designer on the EfW portfolio of projects, we work in collaboration with contractors to deliver sustainable, innovative and practical solutions.

Creating environmental resilience

Our civil engineers provide the expertise required to deliver essential flood resilience and water quality improvement projects. We support infrastructure projects that address complex flooding problems, including the design and construction of flood defences, surface water and land drainage systems, and water quality management amenities.

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