This acquisition sees WSP grow into a 5,200-strong business in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), and become the market leader in property & buildings in Victoria and the Northern Territory.
“I’m proud to welcome our 210 new colleagues from Irwinconsult into the WSP family. In Australia, this bolsters our property and buildings team to a robust 940. It strengthens our combined experience in the education, health, culture, pharmaceutical, retail and commercial property sectors, as well as increases our technical depth across the range of property & buildings capabilities, including structural, building services and specialists services,” said Guy Templeton, President and Chief Executive Officer of WSP, ANZ.
Mr Templeton added, “For clients, this milestone translates to increased access to the best talent and technical capabilities to help deliver their projects and achieve their strategic goals. For employees, the winning combination means increased career opportunities locally and globally within WSP.”
Irwinconsult’s Managing Director, Phil Gardiner, commented, “Becoming part of WSP is great news for our firm and we look forward to strengthening our service offerings in property and buildings, while continuing to provide the highest levels of service to our clients. Being associated with a team whose operating model and culture are aligned with our own provides significant opportunities for clients and employees.”
As a unified team, WSP and Irwinconsult share a common purpose to improve the societies we live in. Mr Templeton said, “We are in a privileged position, to work with clients to tackle complex problems that impact on the betterment of communities. Increased urbanisation/densification, demographic shifts, climate change, and automation and technology, all require bigger thinking. Together, our collective teams will respond to the demand for innovation and technical excellence and deliver equitable, resilient and competitive places, where families and friends thrive.”
Locally, WSP’s property & buildings business has also delivered and is delivering landmark projects including Southern Cross Station in Melbourne, Queens Wharf in Brisbane, Central Park in Sydney, 9 & 10 Elizabeth Quays in Perth and the Computer Engineering & Computer Science Precinct at Australian National University in Canberra, to name a few.
Globally, WSP’s property & buildings business is a powerhouse and boasts approximately 14,000 employees of the businesses workforce. The firm is renowned for enduring client relationships, extraordinary talent, innovation and hallmark projects such as One World Trade Centre in New York, The Shard in London, Centre Block in Ottawa, China Zun Tower in Beijing, Lotte World Tower in Seoul, Petronas Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, National Music Centre in Calgary, Dubai Mall and Deira Mall in Dubai, and Sollentuna Hospital in Stockholm.
Irwinconsult has a long and distinguished history, during which time it won many awards and designed some of Australia’s most iconic buildings, such as Parliament House, Canberra, Parliament of Victoria Member’s Annex Building, Bendigo Hospital and Palmerston Regional Hospital in Darwin. Current projects also include the New Student Precinct at the University of Melbourne, State Library Victoria Redevelopment: Vision 2020 and Shangri-La Melbourne’s Sapphire by the Gardens development.
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