ARUP IS TO merge all its separately owned national businesses to create a single global firm, chairman Bob Emmerson said last month.
He said the consultant was moving away from separately owned trusts around the world to create one entity to respond to an increasingly global market.
'We are being approached more and more by global clients such as major manufacturers, finance houses and banks.We need to provided consistency of quality and processes across all our offices, ' he explained.
Emmerson said the changes would make it easier to create project teams of engineers from all over the world.
His comments came after the merger of Ove Arup Partnership with Ove Arup & Partners in Australia to create the Arup Group at end of September. This followed an earlier merger with the Arup Singapore office.
The merger with the Sydney office means the Arup Group now directly owns its offices in London, Hong Kong, Europe, Asia, Africa and America. The new group has an annual turnover of £385M and a staff of 6,250.