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Arup revamp promotes wobbly bridge boss

ARUP'S MILLENNIUM Bridge boss Tony Fitzpatrick is moving to San Fransisco to head the firm's new American division as part of a company wide reorganisation.

The move sees Roger RidsdillSmith, long time project engineer for the wobbly bridge, step up to project director.

He will see the bridge project through the £5M remedial work phase which is now expected to start on site in May and be complete by autumn.

Chairman Bob Emmerson, who retains overall control of the project, explained that Fitzpatrick's move to the US would see him lead one of Arup's fastest growing regions, which last year showed growth of 37.5%.

'We started the US business 14 years ago and have grown organically, ' he said. 'Tony is one of our most dynamic people and is well suited to growing this business further.'

Around 500 staff are now located in the US.

Fitzpatrick led the Millennium Bridge team from the start of the project.

He became the centre of media attention, particularly after his outspoken comments about the French designers of the bouncing Passarelle Solferino in Paris.

Arup's restructure will also see the creation of two other new divisions, said Emmerson, and should help Arup to meet client needs better.

The Europe and building division will be led by Cecil Balmond and will see much greater co-operation between European offices in building engineering.

A specialist practices division has also been created to bring niche businesses like Arup Fire and Arup Acoustics closer together.

The new divisions sit alongside the existing infrastructure, industrial, Australasia, East Asia and corporate services divisions.

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