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WSP acquires Australia’s Irwinconsult

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WSP has announced its acquisition of Irwinconsult, a 210-strong Australian engineering consulting firm specialising in buildings and infrastructure.

Founded in 1953, Irwinconsult operates out of Melbourne, Bendigo and Darwin, providing a range services including structural and civil engineering, building services engineering, environmentally sustainable design, facade, certification, waste management and traffic, transport & parking.

It has advised on some of Australia’s most iconic buildings including Parliament House in Canberra, Parliament of Victoria Member’s Annex Building and Bendigo Hospital.

WSP’s Australia and New Zealand president and CEO, Guy Templeton, said: "The addition of Irwinconsult to the WSP team strengthens our specialist capability in engineering the most complex and iconic buildings, and delivers a clear leadership position in Victoria while also strengthening other markets."

Irwinconsult’s MD, Phil Gardiner, added: "Becoming a member of WSP is great news for Irwinconsult 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 will provide significant opportunities for both clients and employees."

Highly acquisitive WSP has been building its presence in Australia/NZ in the 18 months, notably with the acquisition of Opus (EA 15-Aug-17). Having only entered the region a decade ago, its footprint there was boosted significantly before that with the ParsonsBrinckerhoff acquisition.Terms of the deal were not release but the acquisition was financed using WSP's available cash and credit facilities.

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