MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - June 2, 2014) - WSP Global Inc. (TSX:WSP) ("WSP" or the "Corporation") is pleased to announce the acquisition, effective June 1, 2014, of WINWARD Group ("WINWARD"), an Australia-based engineering firm specializing in structural engineering services. This acquisition adds 50 people to WSP in Australia.
WINWARD and WSP already have a strong and trusting working relationship, fostered through the successful delivery of major Australian projects, which they completed in collaboration, such as the Melbourne Convention Centre, the Southern Cross Station, the Eastern Plaza at Melbourne Park and the Economics and Commerce Building at Melbourne University.
"We are very happy to welcome the WINWARD team as it fits very well in our development strategy and strengthens our leadership both in Australia and in buildings. WINWARD's team has developed an expertise in the delivery of challenging projects, particularly of tall, slender towers, which complements the array of services we already offer in this market segment," said Andrew Mather, Managing Director of WSP in Australia. "The buildings market is a flourishing, dynamic one, rich in opportunities. With such a diverse service offering, we expect to take part in many more projects in the coming years and to take this full multi-disciplinary model to a higher level of service quality and project optimisation for our clients," he added.
"We are happy to be joining the WSP team, which values and underlying culture are similar to ours," said Kevin Winward, Executive Chairman for WINWARD. "WINWARD has always promoted specialism, always ensuring of combining the best skills available in every discipline into a team of specialists. Through this transaction, our team of specialists (structural, civil and façade) will work in an integrated manner with WSP's specialist building services team, in much the same way as we have before joining forces, but with the added value of a common delivery platform. We intend to play an active role in the continued development and growth of WSP's multidisciplinary buildings group, with a clear focus on providing our clients with quality professional services and technical excellence," he added.
Established in 2000, WINWARD Group is a specialist structural engineering consultancy operating from offices in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. The firm, which has developed an expertise in structure and civil engineering, is also known for its expertise in a range of supplementary skills which includes 3D construction planning, multi-discipline design team coordination and management or construction temporary works planning and procurement through its BIM modelling expertise. WINWARD has been involved in a diverse range of projects in Australia and abroad, such as the Nakheel's super-tall tower in Dubai.
WSP is one of the world's leading professional services firms, working with governments, businesses, architects and planners and providing integrated solutions across many disciplines. The firm provides services to transform the built environment and restore the natural environment, and its expertise ranges from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transport networks, and from developing the energy sources of the future to enabling new ways of extracting essential resources. It has approximately 17,000 employees, mainly engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors, other design professionals, as well as various environmental experts, based in more than 300 offices, across 30 countries, on 5 continents. www.wspgroup.com