Never one to stand still in the market, leading engineering and design consultancy WSP has started 2019 with a new structure and determination to deliver outstanding value for clients.
Asking the question “what if we can?”, the 149-year old company has aligned around five key sectors: Property & Buildings, Transport, Water, Environment and Power alongside its unrivalled regional network of 40 offices across New Zealand.
Ian Blair, WSP Managing Director, says the new approach supports a client-centric mindset and unprecedented levels of collaboration.
“In order to deliver the most innovative solutions for our clients and New Zealand’s communities we need to consistently challenge ourselves to ensure we’re in the best place to create what matters for future generations. Our new sector-aligned structure brings our expertise even closer to clients and projects.”
Blair is excited to be leading the company through a period of positive change as it leverages the power of being a global organisation for the benefit of local projects.
“Being able to harness the best experts in the world and bring them in to consult on local projects is game-changing, both for our people and our clients. Given the challenges we’re designing solutions for – coastal erosion, seismic resilience, renewable energy – we need the best minds collaborating.”
Recent examples of this approach include:
- Working alongside WSP Australia delivering the structural and geotechnical design for Auckland’s newest skyscraper, 65 Federal Street.
- Bringing together experts from the UK and around New Zealand to address ways to prepare for, respond to and recover from a rise in sea levels in low-lying communities driven by climate change.
- Teaming up with WSP colleagues who have worked in similar environments to deliver a waste water infrastructure project in Tauranga, a growing city at risk of flooding, liquefaction and tsunamis.
Key appointment to drive Property and Buildings Sector
Driving this market-leading approach are some of the industry’s foremost experts in their specialties. This has seen Neil Barr join WSP and the New Zealand Leadership Team as Director – Property and Buildings.
“Neil is a transformational leader and the sort of driving force that defines what the WSP brand stands for in the market,” says Blair.
For Barr, the massive breadth of connected expertise is one of the most compelling things about the consultancy.
“The level of global expertise that can be brought together to solve a particular issue is impressive – as is the willingness to collaborate. With a workforce of almost 50,000 there is a vast and powerful specialist knowledge base to call on,” he says. “What excites me the most is the ability to offer clients a cradle-to-grave approach for the full lifecycle of their building. Having global thought leaders to call on means that our clients can be future proofed with the right intelligence. That’s a huge point of difference.”
Barr is passionate about human-centred design and sees it as the most crucial aspect of planning for a built environment.