WS ATKINS ENGINEERS this week learned that they are to be reorganised into in global, market focused departments, replacing existing wider ranging divisions as part of a £10M restructuring.
Finance director Ric Piper said the move was an attempt to focus the consultant's business more closely on the needs of clients around the world.
New divisions will be: road, rail, property management subsidiary Lambert Smith Hampton, government services, industry and North America.
They will be supported by socalled 'business delivery centres of excellence' which will include Atkins Investments, cost engineering, facilities management and design, major projects and management consultancy.
WS Atkins is the third consultant to have adopted such a strategy this year. Earlier this month Halcrow announced a similar move (NCE 5 July).
Maunsell parent Aecom is also reorganising along these lines.
Aecom recently merged Maunsell's water and environmental activities with those of its US based subsidiary consultant Metcalf & Eddy .
Piper said the new market focused teams would be encouraged to work with colleagues from other departments on multi-disciplinary projects. A highways contract which included an element of bridge design work would operate under this system.
The reorganisation will have a major impact on the company's 450 UK support services and administration staff who will be centralised at an office in Worecestershire. The move will see numbers cut to 300.