Mott MacDonald has acquired Sydney and Canberra-based consultant Hughes Trueman as part of its strategy to expand in Australia.
Hughes Trueman has been providing engineering services in south east Australia for over 50 years and now has 150 staff in four offices across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. The company specialises in civil infrastructure including urban development and public infrastructure plus buildings and services such as structural, hydraulic and fire design for commercial, industrial, residential and institutional buildings.
The company’s project portfolio includes structural design of the award winning Rouse Hill Town Centre, one of the biggest projects in New South Wales, and the main terminal building at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.Its urban renewal and infrastructure portfolio includes the icon brownfields redevelopment at Victoria Park Zetland, Frasers Property redevelopment of the old Kent Brewery site in Sydney, the urban renewal of Minto and Bonnyrigg in Sydney’s western suburbs and Kingston Foreshore in Canberra. Hughes Trueman played a central role in the restoration and maintenance of Pyrmont Bridge in Sydney’s Darling Harbour and provided façade engineering services for the Queen Victoria Building, one of Sydney’s architectural jewels. Significant road projects include Alfords Point-Bangor bypass and Schofields Road upgrade through the Roads and Transport Authority alliances project.
The acquistion is part of Mott MacDonald’s strategy to build a base in Australia from where it can expand across the Australasian region. The firm has also set up formal operations in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, opening offices in Adelaide and Melbourne.
Mott MacDonald chairman Peter Wickens was enthusiastic about Mott MacDonald’s decision to set up a formal operation in Australia.
“Bringing Hughes Trueman into the Group and opening additional offices in Melbourne and Adelaide supports our plans to have a presence in all significant parts of the world. Currently we do not have a major presence in Australia so this latest move will give us a foothold into this region and will help us grow a local business comprising a large majority of Australian nationals, and supported by our international skills and resources,” he said.