Engineer Whitby Bird & Partners has become a limited company.
The Pattison Design Partnership has merged with the Geoffrey Purves Partnership.
Young & Gault has appointed Stuart Prenty and Paul O'Neill as new partners, Ian Stewart, Kim Thomas, Stuart Dallas and J Paul Noble as senior associates, and Justin Fenton, Gillian Shields, Ian Burleigh and Russell McGowan as associates.
Thomas is responsible for the newly opened London office.
The others are based in Glasgow, and McGowan heads the planning supervisor team.
Consulting engineer Roberts and Partners has appointed Jonathan Hart as its country manager for Germany.He will be based in Frankfurt.
Suffolk County Council has made the following new appointments: William Banks becomes assistant director (finance), Daniel DobsonMouawad becomes assistant director (economic development) and Brian Williams becomes assistant director (property).
Jim Grosset has been elected chairman of IRATA (the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association), having previously served as its vice chairman and chairman of the training and auditors committees.
Drivers Jonas' City of London office has moved to 78 Cornhill, London EC3. Tel 020 7896 8000, fax 020 7329 4923.