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Mott MacDonald buys New Zealand water specialist AWT

Mott MacDonald’s acquisition of New Zealand water specialist AWT has kick-started a bold Australasian expansion plan, NCE can reveal.

Mott MacDonald announced last week that it had acquired 50-strong AWT. The company has offices in Auckland and Melbourne, Australia.

It takes Mott MacDonald’s presence in the region to around 300, but chairman Keith Howells said the plan was to grow to 1,000 or more. “We only really entered Australia in 2010,” he explained.

Previously, Mott MacDonald’s presence in the region was through its now disbanded joint venture with consultant Connell Wagner. “In Australasia we have 300 people now but aim to have 1,000 down the line,” said Howells.

Motts is well established in the transport sector in the region. While in the water sector the company has provided ­consultancy for the Adelaide desalination project.

In New Zealand AWT recently supported the expansion of the Rotorua treatment plant. In Christchurch City it has been brought in to provide network monitoring data and analysis to assist with the rebuild of underground water assets.

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