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Atkins buys East Africa-based consultancy

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Atkins is to buy Howard Humphreys, a consultancy based in Kenya and Tanzania.

Atkins said it’s a significant step, as it means it can expand into the Africa market with a presence on the ground.

Howard Humphreys, which has 200 staff, provides engineering consultancy and project management services in the transportation, water and property markets. The two firms have a history of working together. The new set up will be led by Paul Shepherd-Smith, as part of an enlarged Middle East and Africa business.

Atkins chief executive Uwe Krueger said: “Africa is experiencing major investment in transportation, infrastructure and energy, presenting strong demand for world-class multidisciplinary design and consultancy services. This acquisition provides an excellent platform from which to develop our presence in the region and is in line with our strategy of targeted expansion into new geographies.”

Recent projects by Howard Humphreys include the new airport terminals at the international airports in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam and geothermal power projects in Kenya.

Howard Humphreys managing director Kanwal Syan said: “We’re extremely excited to become part of Atkins. The opportunities in East Africa are immense. As part of Atkins, our existing and new clients will have access to the full breadth of the group’s expertise, so there’s no limit to what we can achieve together.”

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