Beckett Rankine was founded in 1888 as Robert White and Partners by the great-grandfather of one of the current directors.

The firm has been controlled by members of the White/Rankine and Beckett families ever since. The firm has offices in London, Bristol and Glasgow (details here).

At Beckett Rankine we pride ourselves on bringing flair to the design process in order to deliver innovative and affordable solutions. The Beckett Rankine team has decades of experience in delivery of maritime infrastructure projects both in the UK and across the globe. Our team includes specialists in port planning, marine civil and structural design, hydraulic modellers, geotechnical engineers, diving engineers, master mariners and cargo handling engineers.

So what differentiates us from our competitors? Firstly there is our size, with around 35 staff in the UK we are smaller than all our competitors but this is because, unlike them, we only do maritime work. Our staff are all dedicated maritime engineers, they do no other type of project and as a result they are among the best and most experienced maritime engineers in the UK.

The other difference is our independence; our competitors are now almost all owned by large multinational corporations who also own contracting organisations. At Beckett Rankine we are unaffected by the conflict that such ownership brings, enabling us to provide our clients with truly independent advice. We have borne in mind the advice given by the legendary Sir Ove Arup to our friend Sir Alan Harris just after Sir Alan had set up Harris and Sutherland; Arup’s advice was: ‘Whatever you do, don’t get big.’

Meet OUR Team


Our team of engineers are specialists in maritime engineering - we do no other type of work! They are amongst the best problem-solvers in the maritime field and have a passion for delivering appropriate and sustainable design solutions.

 Working at Beckett Rankine

We are always interested in meeting motivated engineers. We regularly have positions at all levels providing people with new opportunities and challenges. Please get in touch for further information.

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