Aecom has unified all of its European water operations under one managing director in order to capitalise on growth in former Soviet countries, and on work in the 2015-2020 UK regulatory period for water.
Combining Aecom’s consultancy, design-build and operations/maintenance businesses throughout Europe has allowed it to benefit from potential cost efficiencies and to offer a more integrated service to water sector clients who want to procure multiple services on the same project, Aecom Europe managing director for water Graham Howells told NCE. Aecom has been operating as a single water operation in Europe since 1 October, with Howells at the helm of the restructured business.
“Some [water] clients are looking for one business to provide all the services. Others are doing it separately,” said Howells. “We want to be agile enough to manage what they want.” He said Aecom is already talking to water companies about what they might be looking for in the Asset Management Plan 6 (AMP6) regulatory period, which begins in 2015, but admitted it was still “very early days”.
Howells said the restructuring has not led to staff redundancies, and said Aecom is now recruiting for its water operations, particularly in countries such as Romania and Hungary, where it is poised to capitalise on future infrastructure projects and development. Having a more unified business across Europe allows new recruits from these countries to spend time in “more mature offices” in other countries as part of their training, Howells said.