Jacobs acquires Australia’s Aquenta (Currie & Brown)

US group Jacobs Engineering has acquired the Australian construction services firm Aquenta Consulting.

The 220-person business has been acquired from Amec Foster Wheeler, which has owned Aquenta, formerly known as Currie & Brown, since 2010.

For more than 60 years Aquenta has worked on multi-billion dollar projects in Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and Europe. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Aquenta provides cost management, project planning and controls, project and risk management, contract, commercial and dispute services, along with asset and facilities management.

Jacobs said the purchase will help it expand in the Asia Pacific buildings and infrastructure market.

"The integration of Aquenta with Jacobs will serve to strengthen the value proposition we have been jointly providing to clients on more than 50 projects over the past ten years," said Jacobs’ senior vice president for buildings and infrastructure, Patrick Hill.

The combined firm will also take advantage of the "buoyant Australian transport infrastructure market", Jacobs said.

Jacobs employs 54,000 people and operates in more than 25 countries around the world.

Image: Aquenta provided cost consultancy for the new Woods Bagot-designed Adelaide Convention Centre (Woods Bagot)

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