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Big names go in Maunsell shake up

FABER MAUNSELL head of bridges and special structures Jolyon Gill has left the British based company only two and a half years after defecting from UK consultant Hyder.

Gill, who was head of Hyder Special Structures, led 12 colleagues to competitor Maunsell in 2001 (NCE 18 January 2001).

The move gave the firm heavyweight, international punching power in long span bridge design just after it had been taken over by US consultancy group Aecom.

But Gill has been cut loose along with at least two other FaberMaunsell directors following 'consolidation' of the super consultant and 'reappraisal of business objectives', a spokeswoman said.

Gill and director of geotechnical and environmental engineering Jan Hellings are now on 'gardening leave'.

Director of tunnelling Anthony Umney has left his post but has been retained as a consultant.

The shake out follows orders from FaberMaunsell's US parent company Aecom to focus more closely on local markets. The idea is to leave other Aecom subsidiaries to focus on work in their own regions, said director Richard Hankin.

While the UK firm is expected to provide technical support to other offices, the order effectively stops UK-based staff chasing long span bridge work in South East Asia, or tunnelling projects in America.

It is believed a major overhaul of the firms' transportation departments is in progress.

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