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It's trim up north

'It is time to implement some change, ' says MWH's new UK managing director Ian McAulay.

'The headquarters has been in the same place in High Wycombe since 1844 but the geography of our workload has grown significantly in the north and that is where our headquarters should be, ' he says.

So under McAulay's watchful eye, MWH is relocating its UK base to state of the art facilities in Warrington.

'The ffice is a showpiece and illustrates the client service and value delivery that we offer. There are white board walls and we are being really economic with space. Imagine telling an engineer that he only has 1m 2 for all his documents, ' he jokes.

'But that is what we did because we just don't need the space anymore. I have thrown away hundreds of fi les since arriving here because everything is digital now, ' he says.

It is not only the office that is set to change under McAulay's guidance. MWH is looking to diversify its portfolio of work.

'We were traditionally water focused but we do serve other sectors and there are big opportunities for growth in these, ' he explains.

Opportunities ave been identified in sectors such as fl ooding, climate change and sustainable development and nuclear decommissioning. With around £2bn per year of decommissioning work available from the newly formed Nuclear Decommissioning Agency, MWH is not the only consultant after a slice of the pie.

'We are excited by the set up of the NDA and we believe that we can offer the services that the sector needs. We won the front end engineering contract for Winfrith from the UKAEA to de-risk and plan the decommissioning and managed to cut the programme by five years.

It is a fantastic example of how we can draw on some of our people in the US, ' he says Having spent the past three years based in Brussels working across the international business identifying best practice and ensuring this is spread around the company, McAulay is well placed to know what capabilities MWH has, and where it has them.

And this will mean MWH will need more people.

'Our people are fantastic and we are looking for more, ' he says.

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