COWI has today acquired Donaldson Associates Limited. Lars-Peter Søbye, CEO in COWI sees the agreement as a perfect match with numerous opportunities.
“The acquisition of Donaldson Associates is a major achievement for COWI and is in line with our growth strategy. We have complementary market coverage, and together we will be one of the world’s leading engineering consultancies with a large, highly qualified, pool of specialists who are able to bring significant strength and expert skills to our customers around the globe. We look forward to welcoming Donaldson into COWI,” says Lars-Peter Søbye, CEO in COWI.
Founder and Chairman David Donaldson emphasizes the importance of continuing the present growth as a centre of excellence in tunnelling, geotechnics and heavy civil engineering in the UK as well as great opportunities for Donaldsons to accelerate growth internationally.
“The union between COWI and Donaldson Associates brings together two companies with shared values whose joint expertise and experience in engineering has created an expanded centre of design excellence. Our two companies have a remarkable cultural and strategic fit that has facilitated a seamless integration of Donaldsons into COWI’s widely acclaimed and highly respected international business profile. It gives me great personal satisfaction that all of Donaldsons’ staff and management structure have been absorbed unchanged into COWI’s established structure”.
COWI is a leading engineering consultancy group with more than 6,100 employees located in over 100 branch offices around the world. The company utilises world-class competencies within engineering, economics and environmental science to create innovative and sustainable solutions for its customers. With headquarters in Denmark, COWI has a strong presence in the Scandinavian and international transportation market and is recognized for its worldwide activities in Bridge, Tunnel and Marine Engineering, Airports and Mapping.
Donaldsons is a consultancy renowned for delivery of high-end geotechnical design, tunnel and underground engineering. The acquisition strengthens underground engineering in COWI and widens the skill set to include caverns, hard rock, leading edge spray concrete lining, and micro tunnelling.
Donaldsons currently employs 143 staff throughout five UK offices and an office in Hong Kong. Continuing to operate as Donaldsons, the team will work together with COWI tunnel and underground centres in Denmark, Qatar, India and USA as well as developing synergies on the UK market with COWI specialist bridge subsidiary, Flint & Neill.