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Maunsell parent consolidates for European growth

MAUNSELL'S US parent Aecom this week announced that it was amalgamating the consultant's four British environmental businesses as part of a major push into Europe.

The move is a prelude to creating a multi-disciplinary global environmental division employing 1,800 staff.

Maunsell's environmental businesses are:

Water specialists Balfour Maunsell and Cuthbertson Maunsell Environmental impact specialist Consultants in Environmental Sciences (CES) Underground services specialist Warren Associates.

Between them they employ 250 people, generating fees of around £10M a year.

The newly amalgamated businesses will take on the name of Metcalf & Eddy, Aecom's bigger US environmental business, which employs around 1,200 staff.

Metcalf & Eddy Ltd managing director Russell Farraday said combining the British businesses was likely to be followed by a mixture of acquisitions and organic growth as Metcalf & Eddy spreads its presence in Europe.

Farraday said there were also plans to amalgamate Aecom's environmental businesses in the Middle East under the Metcalf & Eddy umbrella.

He also said that there were plans to add the American business' programme management expertise to the more traditional engineering and consultancy skills in the UK operation.

Farraday said he expected programme management to become more widespread in Europe as clients increasingly take on consultants to help deliver a range of projects under long term framework style contracts.

www. aecom. com www. metcalfeddy. co. uk

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