US-based global infrastructure group Louis Berger last week officially moved its international headquarters from Paris to London, despite the uncertainty caused by the Brexit vote.
Cutting the ribbon at the new HQ in Richmond, south-west London, on 10 November, the company said the move is part of a three-year strategy to expand international operations, and get a better foothold in the UK and Europe.
"London is an international centre for engineering and business," said Thomas Topolski, Louis Berger’s international president.
"Relocating Louis Berger’s international headquarters to the UK is a strategic decision that supports both our growth in the UK market and our international growth as the UK is home to many of our international lending, contracting and EPC partners, as well as the home country for a large pool of Louis Berger talent who play business and project leadership roles around the globe."
The move also aligns with the company’s reorganisation and modernisation effort that has been going on for five years.
The company said it plans initially to focus on strengthening established relationships with private industry partners in the UK and assess opportunities to partner and bid on rail, highway, power, and water markets.
On 4 November, James Rousell joined Louis Berger as the new vice president and managing director for the UK, responsible for growing the business.
Most of Louis Berger’s international corporate management will be based in the UK. The company also will be scaling up project staff.
With global HQ in Morristown, New Jersey, Louis Berger is a $1bn turnover firm with 6,000 staff in 50 countries.
Image: From left, in front, president of Louis Berger’s international operations Tom Topolski; Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, David Linnette; and Louis Berger President and CEO Jim Stamatis cut the ribbon at the new international headquarters in London, 10 November (Louis Berger)