Stantec buys MWH to expand global presence

Water infrastructure consultant MWH Global has been bought by Canadian engineering consultant Stantec for £560m ($795m) in a move designed to expand the global reach of the newly merged business. MWH operates in 26 countries, including a strong presence in the UK's water market. The firm is currently a key delivery partner in AMP6 capital investment programme alliances with Thames Water, United Utilities, Southern Water and Anglian Water.

Stantec is a 15,000 strong built environment design and professional services consultant based in Canada and the US, with limited operations in the UK and Middle East. Hitherto the company has restricted its acquisitions to expand its US operations. Merger of Stantec with MWH creates a company of over 22,000 with a strong foothold in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Central and South America and the Middle East.

Stantec president and chief executive officer, Bob Gomes, said: “MWH brings a global presence and reputation in water infrastructure that will advance Stantec’s position as a top-tier design firm within the highly attractive global water market. Together, we share a commitment to our communities and have the combined talent to support the most technically advanced clients and projects locally and around the world.”

 Colorado-based MWH has 6,800 employees in 187 offices in 26 countries. while Stantec has 15,000 staff.