Renaker's Owen Street, a project worked on by WSP

Global consultancy shortens name to WSP

Engineering and services consultancy WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff is to be known as WSP from May 2017.

The consultancy now employs 36,700 people globally, with 7,100 based in the UK including 900 in Manchester – this includes 250 local employees of Mouchel Consulting, which was acquired in October 2016.

Over the years, 85 business of various sizes have been brought into the expansive WSP business. Parsons Brinckerhoff, the professional services division of Balfour Beatty, was acquired by WSP for $1.3bn in October 2014.

WSP’s Manchester business has provided engineering and consultancy services for a number of major schemes in the North West including Omega in Warrington and the Transport for Greater Manchester consultancy framework. The team also helped developer Renaker achieve planning permission for its 64-storey Owen Street skyscraper.

Mark Naysmith, UK chief executive, said: “WSP is a successful story of global growth. We have decided to change our name after speaking to our people and our clients extensively. From the Shard to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Crossrail and HS2 to the Smart M1 Motorway, we are proud of the contribution we make to societies throughout the UK.”

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