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Top consultants set sights on US

THE UK'S FOUR largest civil and structural consultants are targeting the US market.

During research for this year's NCE Consultants File, WS Atkins, Mott MacDonald and Ove Arup all singled out the US as one of the two overseas markets likely to show the greatest growth over the next two years. Maunsell executives completed the firm's questionnaire before the AeCOM deal was secured.

The Consultants File research also shows that the number of UK consultants operating in the notoriously parochial US market has increased significantly during the last year. The File records 53 consultants working in the US, more than in any other overseas country apart from the Republic of Ireland.

Of the UK's 20 largest civil and structural consultants, 13 have US operations. They are: Ove Arup, WS Atkins, Babtie, Binnie Black and Veatch, Gibb, Halcrow, Hyder, Maunsell, Montgomery Watson Europe, Mott MacDonald, Scott Wilson, Symonds and URS Europe.

Twenty consultants identify the US as one of the two hottest global markets. This compares to 19 selecting China, 17 choosing the UAE and 11 picking India.

But it is not only the largest consultants that are targeting the US. Also joining the gold rush are some of Britain's fastest growing consultants such as Buro Happold and Whitby Bird and specialists such as BAE Environmental Services and marine engineer Bomel.

The NCE Consultants File will be included free with the 30 March edition of NCE. Extra copies can be bought by calling (020) 7505 6622.

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