MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT Arthur Andersen is poaching high ranking geoenvironmental engineers to join its newly established environmental services division.
It is building up a multidisciplinary brownfield remediation team ahead of an expected boom in the sector.
Six senior engineers have already joined the firm from Hyder Consulting, Mott MacDonald, Aspinalls, WS Atkins and Knight Piesold. Further recruitment is anticipated.
Andersen is also rebranding its associated law firms Garretts and Dundbers & Wilson to form Andersen Legal, 'to deal specifically with contamination'.
Andersen environmental services manager Pamela Shimell says the aim is to offer a single point of contact.
'Others offer specific services relating to brownfield regeneration, such as site surveys, remediation services, land valuations, real estate management, property development, marketing, and legal services' she says 'whereas Andersen offers services and due diligence requirements to cover the whole urban regeneration process.'
Andersen's reputation for offering salaries way above those in civil engineering, no doubt contributed to the company receiving 200 applicants from a recent recruitment advertisement in Ground Engineering sister publication New Civil Engineer.
Commenting on the salaries Andersen offers its environmental engineers, Shimell said 'I'm not sure exactly what the going industry rate is, but in general Andersen pays a little more to secure top notch people.'