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Our long-term strategy to provide an all-inclusive engineering, management and development consultancy on a global scale features organic growth and planned acquisitions to increase our geographic spread, expand our range of services and introduce new expertise - all geared towards meeting the evolving needs of our customers around the world.

The Mott MacDonald Group was formed in 1989 with the merger of two long-established and well-known international engineering consultancies - Mott, Hay & Anderson, renowned for its contribution to transportation engineering, and Sir M MacDonald & Partners, distinguished by a long tradition of water-related projects.

This landmark union began our progression towards the dynamic and continually evolving organisation we are today, now operating from 170 principal offices with work in 140 countries across 12 core sectors - buildings, communications, education, environment, health, industry, international development, oil and gas, power, transport, urban development and water.

Our journey so far

Much of our growth has been organic, with key acquisitions accelerating our development into one of the world's most diverse multinational, multiskilled consultancies.

Here we highlight some of the companies to have played a key part in our journey so far – including our two newest contributors, Habtec Engenharia Ambiental providing us with a strong base for growth in Brazil, and South Africa’s PD Naidoo & Associates, bringing a multi-sector business to drive our expansion across Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Mott, Hay & Anderson - transport

Engineers Basil Mott and David Hay, having worked together since 1888 on the City and South London Railway, entered into partnership under the name Mott & Hay in 1902. Sir David Anderson joined 19 years later.

Their traditions owe much to Mott’s and Hay’s two mentors: JH Greathead is renowned as the foremost soft ground tunneller of the time, while Sir Benjamin Baker is remembered particularly for London’s District Railway and the Forth Railway Bridge.

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Tunnelling pioneers
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Tunnelling pioneers Mott, Hay and Anderson started our tradition for innovation and added value with their pioneering work on London’s underground railway in the early 1900s – their reinforced concrete alternative to expensive cast iron tunnel linings was soon exported worldwide

Sir M MacDonald & Partners - water

Sir Murdoch MacDonald in his capacity as Advisor to Egypt’s Ministry of Public Works, was closely associated with the development and first heightening of the Aswan scheme which marked the start of a long association with hydro electric power development. Sir Murdoch retired from the Egyptian Government Service in June 1921 and returned to Britain where aged 55 years, he immediately entered partnership with Archibald MacCorquodale.

PH East (who had also been an engineer in the Egyptian Government Service from 1907 to 1926) and OL Prowde joined Sir Murdoch MacDonald in a partnership in January 1927, marking the start of a new era. The name of the company was changed to Sir M MacDonald & Partners and major new work started including the second heightening of the Aswan Dam, which continued through the design and construction stages to 1933.

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Source of water
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Source of water The Aswan Dam and events in Egypt from 1890 to 1930 were a catalyst for the creation of Sir M MacDonald & Partners – laying the foundation for our global business in the water sector.

Ewbank Preece - power and communications

Ewbank Preece joined the Group in 1994 to take our power and telecommunications abilities into a new league. Its pedigree began when Preece Cardew & Rider, electric power and telecommunications specialist, was founded in 1893 by Arthur Henry Preece and later joined by his father Sir William Preece, engineer in chief to the General Post Office, Major Phillip Cardew, electrical advisor to the Board of Trade, and in 1915, by electrical engineer John Hall Rider.

Ewbank & Partners Limited was founded in 1946 by CHP Ewbank and like-minded colleagues from Edmundsons at the time of nationalisation of the UK electricity supply industry.

Both companies merged in 1983 to form Ewbank Preece, one of the UK’s leading specialist consultancies in power generation, transmission and distribution, desalination and telecommunications.

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Milestones in power
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Milestones in power Our reputation as one of the foremost consultancies in today’s global energy market is built on leading roles in many of the world’s milestone projects, such as Malaysia’s Paka 900MW combined cycle power station, the largest of its kind outside the USA when completed in the late 1980s.

Hatch Mott MacDonald - North America

To serve North America’s booming transportation market we and Canada’s Hatch Associates established a joint venture company in 1996 called Hatch Mott MacDonald after a long affiliation which first began when we worked together on Toronto’s subway in the 1950s. The new company took over our combined tunnels and transportation operations in North America.

In 2001 Hatch Mott MacDonald acquired Killam Group, one of the leading infrastructure and consulting engineering firms in eastern USA, to broaden our service offering in the water and environmental sectors.

Today Hatch Mott MacDonald provides planning and design services plus project and construction management covering all aspects of transportation, tunnels, water, wastewater and environmental management in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

Over the last decade other companies have joined Hatch Mott MacDonald, providing or reinforcing skills and helping to expand our geographic coverage.

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Leading reputation
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Leading reputation Hatch Mott MacDonald is one of America’s top engineering firms, demonstrated by our programme manager role on the US$7.3bn East Side Access rail project linking Queens to Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal for New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Cambridge Education

In 1985 Sir M MacDonald & Partners, in partnership with the University of Cambridge, had formed Cambridge Education Consultants (CEC) with the aim to provide the highest quality education consultancy services in support of educational development world-wide.

For many years CEC had enjoyed close links with Cambridge Education Associates (CEA) collaborating on many projects –increasingly in the UK where CEA was the largest contractor for Ofsted inspections and the leading provider of consultancy and interim management for local education authorities and schools. Marking the start of a new era CEA formally joined the Group in 2000 and our education business is now known as Cambridge Education.

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Improving standards in London's schools
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Improving standards in London's schools In 2002 Cambridge Education took over responsibility for education delivery and improvement of more than 150 facilities in the London Borough of Islington – our approach transformed educational attainment, with results improving faster than national improvement levels.

Dalal Consultants - India

Dalal Consultants joined Mott MacDonald in 2001 to expand our industrial, multi-disciplinary and social sector capabilities in India’s vast market. By this time, Dalal had grown to one of the country’s largest  management and engineering consultancies with 750 staff specialising in infrastructure, industry and social sector development. 

Dalal Consultants had begun operations in Ahmedabad in 1970 providing pre-investment advisory services to private investors in the industrial sector and to government owned industrial development corporations. After 20 strong years Dalal diversified its activities into water resources management, transportation and integrated infrastructure development once markets were opened up to the private sector.

 

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Infrastructure forte
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Infrastructure forte Metros have become one of our major strengths in India – after more than a decade’s ongoing involvement with metro development in Delhi we are now bringing our expertise to metro systems in cities across India – a total of eight by 2013 including Hyderabad (pictured) where we’re detail designers for six stations.

Franklin + Andrews - cost consultancy

In 2002 leading cost consultant Franklin + Andrews joined the Group to enhance our capabilities in management consultancy, project management and commercial management.

Founded in 1866 by surveying and architecture experts Thomas Franklin and John Andrews, the firm is the longest-standing company to join the Mott MacDonald Group. With 650 staff across the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific, it brought us all aspects of specialist consultancy in contracting strategy, supply chain management, construction cost data, benchmarking, contract advisory services and project finance expertise in the building, transport, utility and energy sectors.

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East London landmark Our construction economists Franklin + Andrews first became involved in Transport for London’s East London Line in 1998, its initial cost estimating and risk management role for phase one of the £1bn programme growing substantially to cover full commercial management services as part of TfL’s team.

HLSP - health

Moving into health had long been one of our ambitions which we achieved in 2003 when we were joined by HLSP, an international organisation providing technical assistance, consulting and project management focused on improving world health.

HLSP, established in 1985, works for governments, international agencies and non-government organisations including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. Its main areas of expertise include organisational reform and strengthening, sector financing and services planning, costing and delivery, communicable disease control, drugs management programmes, clinical effectiveness and sexual health strategies including responses to HIV and AIDS.

In 2005 we established the HLSP Institute to provide policy analysis, training and applied research with an aim of informing debate on global health issues, national health systems and responses to HIV and AIDS.

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Making a vital difference
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Making a vital difference Through managing the technical support unit of the AusAID-funded HIV/AIDS Asia Regional Programme for five years, our specialist health consultancy HLSP helped champion strategies to reduce drug-related disease transmission – just one of many projects showing how we’re working to improve world health.

Euroconsult and BMB - international development

In 2007, after many years of working together, we brought on board international environmental consultant Euroconsult and its management consultancy arm BMB, both formerly part of the ARCADIS Group. This natural progression supported our strategic objectives to grow our environmental market share and strengthen our service offering for international development.

Working primarily in developing countries and economies in transition, the two consultancies brought expertise covering land and water, rural development and ecology, plus management consultancy services specialising in institutional development for the public, private and social sectors.

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Sustainability in action Euroconsult Mott MacDonald’s award-winning work to reverse erosion of the Eurasian steppe involved changing land management practices, restoring biodiversity and ecological balance, increasing productivity and providing new sources of employment and income.

Fulcrum Consulting - buildings

Fulcrum Consulting joined Mott MacDonald in 2009 to expand the Group’s building design offering, especially in the area of sustainability.

London-based Fulcrum had won recognition at industry and government levels as one of the UK’s leading providers of sustainable energy solutions for buildings and the built environment. The company is a founding member of the UK Green Buildings Council and has fulfilled a number of high profile advisory roles to the UK government, including seconding several policy analysts specialising in low carbon housing development.

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Agenda setting Fulcrum has pioneered many firsts in low energy solutions – such as its design for Westway Beacons school which incorporated the first UK application of aquifer thermal energy storage

Merz and McLellan - power

South Africa and Botswana power consultancy Merz and McLellan joined in 2010 to help us expand our presence in the African power consultancy market, enabling us to provide a strong combined local and international resource to meet the region’s power infrastructure investment needs over the next 30 years.

Merz and McLellan first came to the region in 1910 and its founders were instrumental in the creation of South Africa’s national electricity supply utility Eskom. Today our Johannesburg and Gaborone based power teams offer engineering services for the transmission and distribution sector, all types of renewables, thermal generation, electrical and mechanical inspection, and nuclear power.    

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Powerful presence Merz and McLellan brought us widely respected credentials in all power engineering disciplines and a long association with South Africa’s electricity industry.

Hughes Trueman, MPM and AWT - Australia and New Zealand

Sydney and Canberra based consultant Hughes Trueman joined in 2010 as part of our strategy to build an Australian base from which to expand across the Australasian region. At the same time we opened offices in Adelaide and Melbourne. Hughes Trueman had been working in south east Australia for over 50 years and brought us 150 staff in four offices across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, majoring on civil infrastructure including urban development and public infrastructure (water, sewerage, stormwater, roads) plus buildings and services such as structural, hydraulic and fire design for commercial, industrial, residential and institutional buildings.

Next we added Adelaide-based Mortimer Project Management in 2011 – bringing specialist expertise in property and construction – and opened further offices in Auckland, Brisbane and Perth.  

In 2014 we were joined by specialist water technology and consulting company AWT based in Auckland and Melbourne – adding a strong water capability to our thriving New Zealand business in buildings and transport and strengthening our Australian water expertise, all part of our continuing strategy to broaden the range of services we offer across the Australasian region.

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Winning combination
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Winning combination Building on the joint strengths of Mortimer Project Management and Hughes Trueman enabled us to win the design management and overall project management for the redevelopment of the world-renowned Adelaide Oval cricket ground.

Mouchel Energy and Procyon - oil and gas

To expand our oil and gas resources and expertise we brought two specialist consultancies into the Group.

Mouchel Energy, specialising in engineering design for the gas and wider energy sector, joined us in 2011 – a move designed to give us a strong base in the UK gas pipeline business to develop and expand as a centre of excellence to benefit clients worldwide.

Procyon Oil & Gas Limited came on board in 2013 to strengthen our ability to provide all phases of upstream oil and gas design, process engineering, construction and operation for clients operating in both offshore and onshore areas. Procyon’s diverse portfolio covers  all project work phases including M&A support, due diligence/independent design reviews, conceptual screening/design, debottlenecking analysis, facilities definition, FEED, detailed design, PMT, project management, cost and schedule estimation, procurement, construction management and operations support.
 

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Expert additions Procyon and Mouchel Energy have strengthened our ability to take care of every aspect of oil and gas projects from initial concept to techno-economic studies, front end and detailed design, upgrades and optimisation plans, hazard and risk analysis, procurement, project management and site supervision.

Habtec Engenharia Ambiental - Brazil

Brazilian environmental engineering consultancy Habtec Engenharia Ambiental joined the Group in 2013 as part of our strategy to create a regional base in Brazil from which we can offer the full range of Mott MacDonald’s services and expand across South America.

From its base in Rio de Janeiro, Habtec has operated principally in the energy, mining and transport sectors for over 20 years. Its project portfolio includes various environmental impact studies, compliance support, monitoring projects and environmental education programmes for major clients including international energy giants.

 

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Multi-sector environmental services
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Multi-sector environmental services Habtec majors in economic sectors ranging from energy production, supply and distribution to transportation and offshore exploration, providing a vast diversity of environmental services, from monitoring fish catch landing sites to environmental due diligence

PD Naidoo & Associates - Sub-Saharan Africa

In 2013 we acquired South African engineering consultancy PD Naidoo & Associates and combined its operations with our Sub-Saharan Africa business to create a multisector practice with 800 people working from 15 centres in South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique.

The culmination of a highly successful working relationship, this move is a key part of our strategy to grow a strong regional business providing multidisciplinary design, implementation and management services in sectors ranging from property and infrastructure, transport and water to industry, mining and communications.

PDNA, established in 1986, had earned a leading reputation for engineering and technology solutions and for its contribution to nationally significant infrastructure development.

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National icon PDNA was a key player in the consulting team that undertook all design for the landmark Nelson Mandela Bridge on the fringes of Johannesburg Central Business District in South Africa
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