The creation of Waterman Burrow Crocker and Waterman Aspen has produced a company with a diverse range of activities, and exciting opportunities for its staff.
Civil engineers with a practical, client-focused approach might find their natural home at Waterman, where even the most senior staff are involved in project work and there is little room for complex management structures.
Waterman has always had a strong reputation for structural engineering, particularly with private developers. Its portfolio of projects includes the mammoth Bluewater shopping development; it was also responsible for structural design on the newlycompleted Bullring redevelopment in Birmingham.
The company's strength in civil engineering is, perhaps, less well known, although it was responsible for infrastructure design on both these projects.
But with the acquisition of Aspen two years ago Waterman strengthened its civil and transportation expertise, and is in a position to win a far wider variety of contracts covering everything from flood and transport studies to heavy civil engineering.
In addition, Waterman is the only consultant in the NCE Consultants File top 20 to operate an outsourcing division as part of its core business, and has more than 200 engineers and technicians on secondment at any time, mainly to public sector clients.
The Aspen acquisition has opened up new markets for the firm and also created opportunities for employment at all levels. The newly amalgamated civil engineering and transportation division has the atmosphere of a new company, with plenty of potential for new staff to make an impact and shape its future.