Colin Buchanan & Partners Ltd, a leading transport planning, planning, urban design and economics consultancy, will merge with projects firm Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM).
The two businesses share a common culture and values and a complementary set of clients and market focus. Combining both teams creates a world leading transport planning consultancy with global reach and increased capacity and capability to service clients both in the UK and overseas. In the European and Chinese markets, the merged organisation will be known as SKM Colin Buchanan.
Paul Dougas, SKM’s Chief Executive and Managing Director said, “Our strategy continues to be driven by the evolving needs of our clients and their operations. Right now, our transport infrastructure clients are facing particular challenges and require trusted partners to bring deep insights and innovative solutions that meet their commercial needs across the entire life cycle of a project.”
Michael Shirley, SKM’s General Manager for Buildings and Infrastructure, added, “The combination of Colin Buchanan and SKM’s transport planning practices will double our strategic capability in this space and create an impressive group of transport planning professionals offering great services and insights to public and private sector clients across a range of geographies.”
Andreas Markides, Colin Buchanan Chairman will take a key role in the new operation, joining the board of SKMEurope. “SKM and Colin Buchanan already have experience through collaboration on a number of opportunities and we now look forward to providing that stronger, joint capability to all our clients.”
More about Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM):
Sinclair Knight Merz is a leading projects firm, with global capability in strategic consulting, engineering and project delivery. It operates in three regions: Asia Pacific, the Americas and EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa), deploying some 6,500 people from more than 40 offices while serving the Buildings and Infrastructure, Mining and Metals, Power and Energy and Water and Environment sectors. Formed in 1964 in Sydney as a private company, SKM has retained its independence through employee ownership, with fee income now greater than A$1 billion (£700 million). The firm continues to grow with its clients, and since 1996 has completed more than 60 mergers, acquisitions and outsourcings.