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MWH looks beyond water sector for growth in UK and abroad

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WATER CONSULTANT MWH plans to double revenues in the next four years by expanding its project management expertise into other areas of civil engineering, chief executive Bob Uhler said this week.

In an exclusive interview with NCE, Uhler said: 'We are moving from having a sectoral strategy into offering a wider service base, which can take us into lots of places. We are not just a water consultant.'

The move could see the company competing for work with traditional project management firms like Bechtel, Mace and Capita.

In the UK, MWH has traditionally project managed water company work programmes.

It is now looking to expand its client base by winning new projects and buying new companies.

'We are looking for niche rms with new clients or service offerings, ' said Uhler.

'Smaller companies that want to stay private are asking: 'we want to stay private but where can we go?' 'We see ourselves as white knights of the private sector.' Uhler cited his rm's management of the £1bn Las Vegas convention centre as an example of current MWH projects and as the type of work that the company would chase in the future.

He pointed out that its current workload in the heavily regulated UK water sector helped its competitiveness in other countries.

'Efficiency is becoming a world driver and thanks to the privatisation of the UK water industry we have lots of experience with that, ' he said.

'We can take what we have learned in the UK and use it in all sorts of ways.'

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