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Halcrow aims to double in size from global expansion

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CONSULTANT HALCROW is aiming to almost double in size and turnover over the next five years, following a major internal reorganisation, the group's chairman Derek Pollock said this week.

Global expansion of workload particularly in transport and water will drive the company's growth, he predicted.

Expansion will be backed by a culture change which will make the company more client focused, along with a fundamental business reorganisation.

Staff numbers are expected to increase from 3,100 to 5,500.

The final piece in a two year business reorganisation was unveiled on Monday with the abandonment of Halcrow's 16 business units in favour of just four groups that will operate globally.

These are headed by ICE Fellow Les Buck who will run the new transport division. Water is now led by another FICE, Dr Chris Fleming; Consulting by former banker Neil Holt. Property comes under David Kerr, another civil engineer.

Clients will be able to call on services from all the groups as needed, helped by market sector directors and regional directors whose jobs are now totally client focused.

'Many of our clients are now in the business of running infrastructure rather than buying it new. The changes mean we can offer clients the whole series of our consulting skills, ' said Pollock. Planning and private finance advice are in great demand, he said.

Staff filling the new posts all had to go through externally operated psychometric tests and team building exercises. Halcrow wanted to demonstrate it was not just appointing management cronies but was genuinely looking for staff who would take the business forward and who were in tune with the concept of long term relationships with clients.

'We are in the process of trying to engender cultural change, ' Pollock added. 'We are not just drawing more lines on an organisation chart.'

Five senior staff left as a result of the selection process.

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