Nigel Cooper

Nigel Cooper - Mechanical Section Manager

  • Office: Brisbane
  • E:
  • P: +61 7 3811 4514
  • M: +61 (0) 450 940 429
  • Mechanical

Nigel graduated from the University of Natal in South Africa in 1999 and spent the first 12 years of his career in London. He emigrated from London to Brisbane in 2012 and joined WGE. After a year and a half with the company, Nigel took over the running of the Mechanical Section of the Brisbane office.

Nigel’s portfolio includes defence, commercial, residential, retail, education and laboratory developments in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning engineering. He has a good knowledge of the renewable energy technologies available and can employ these appropriately to ensure clients reap maximum benefit.

As a project engineer, Nigel has direct client, design team and contractor liaison, including project meetings and site inspections, to ensure successful project completion.

Outside of work

Nigel and his wife have recently bought land and are in the throes of designing and building their dream home. When the opportunity arises Nigel enjoys flying, and to a lesser extent crashing, model radio controlled aircraft.

What will you bring to a project

As the new mechanical section manager, I feel I bring a fresh approach and new enthusiasm to the role. I feel at home in the leader role I am currently in and am looking forward to further enhancing the WGE profile in Queensland.


  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSc Mech Eng)

Industry accreditations / bodies

  • Engineers Australia (MIEAust, CPEng)
  • Charted Institute of Building Services Engineers (MCIBSE, CEng)
  • Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ)

Previous projects

Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Hospital

Mechanical project engineer overseeing the construction phase services for the Stage 2 works for the Emergency Department (ED) Project at the QEII Hospital.

Department of Material Science and Metallurgy, Cambridge University

The development consisted of a new building for the department of Material Science and Metallurgy on the West Cambridge Campus. The building has approximately 100,000ft² in floor area and includes high quality laboratory space designed specifically for the needs of the users, with associated office/write-up space, communal and external areas. The mechanical design incorporated naturally ventilated office areas, variable volume ventilation laboratory areas and a highly sensitive EM suite where temperature variation could not exceed +/-0.1°C in a 30 minute period. The renewable energy strategy was met by providing 2000ft² of photovoltaic panels. The project M&E value was £12m with total construction costs of £30m.

One Wood Street, Land Securities

Nigel was the lead mechanical engineer for a 160,000 ft² Category A development incorporating multiple tenancies that had a project value of £50m.

Arthur Stanley House, UCL Hospitals

Nigel was the lead principal / executive mechanical engineer for the refurbishment of a 1960’s building to house pathology departments. The project consisted of a mixture of laboratory and clinical space, including an Advisory Committee Dangerous Pathogens Containment Level 3 suite (ADCP CL3 suite) and offices to support the functions. Total floor area of 32,500ft². This project value of £8m