EC Harris, Hyder and Langdon & Seah to be absorbed into Arcadis brand

Dutch engineering design firm Arcadis has announced that it will strengthen its "global positioning in response to changing client needs" by unifying its divisions in a single brand.

Neil McArthur, Arcadis’ chief executive, said: "We’ve expanded our global account management team and positioned experts to lead the development of core value propositions that are delivered across the world.

"We have aligned our global and regional operating models thereby facilitating innovation and easing knowledge transfer, while enabling sharing of best practices and the use of global design.

"We are already seeing this approach bear fruit through applying our global capabilities to win work on mega projects such as the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia and the protection of New York following Hurricane Sandy."  

End of an eraThe decision means that some of the UK industry’s best known firms, such as Hyder Consulting, EC Harris and Langdon & Seah, will cease to have a separate identity.

Hyder Consulting, which began life as J Simpson in 1823, was responsible for the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia, the Severn and Humber suspension bridges in the UK and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge across the Bosphorus in Turkey.

EC Harris, founded in 1911, was a pioneer of facilities management consultancies and whole-life costings.

Langdon & Seah was set up in 1919, moved to Singapore in 1933 and survived the fall of the island to the Japanese to become one of Malaysia’s leading consultants.

The company’s new logo (pictured) is the first update to its identity since the 1990s.

The modernised icon of the fire salamander represents the sustainability and balance that Arcadis seeks to achieve through its work, with the orange colour alluding to Arcadis’ Dutch heritage.

Arcadis’ architectural brands, Callison and RTKL, will merge to create CallisonRTKL.

The announcement brings some 28,000 employees within a single operating model.

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