Systra has recently completed the acquisition of two companies dedicated to the design of tunnels and underground structures, Bamser, and Subterra. The acquisitions reinforce Systra’s position in the field of complex tunnels, following the acquisition in 2021 of Italian based SWS Engineering.
Bamser was established in 2008 in Australia, to provide advisory services on complex tunnelling, and infrastructure globally including the Sydney Metro; WestConnex; Western Harbour Tunnel, Suburban Rail Link, AirportLink, Legacy Way and Cross River Rail.
Subterra is a Spanish company recognised worldwide for its expertise in the design of tunnels and underground structures, with around 100 staff in Spain, Peru, Chile and Colombia.
With a number of high-profile subterranean infrastructure projects planned in the UK over the coming years, SYSTRA says it will be uniquely positioned to be able to draw on over 600 global tunnelling and underground infrastructure specialists to support its UK-based team in the delivery of major infrastructure.
SYSTRA’s UK and Ireland presence has grown over the past few years to a team of over 1000, with major infrastructure expertise including geotechnical and ground engineering, BIM modelling, civil and structural design and assessment, planning consents and environmental biodiversity.
The company’s international tunnel projects include: Hanoi Light Metro Line, Vietnam involving 12.5km twin tunnels and four stations (ongoing); Gothenburg, Sweden’s rail tunnel and three new underground stations (2019 ongoing); Brenner Base Rail Tunnel, Innsbruck, Austria – Fortezza, Italy a 55km cross border (2019); and Grand Paris Express Line, France including 21km of tunnels (2016 ongoing).
Nick Salt, Managing Director UK & Ireland, SYSTRA said, “As we look to grow our infrastructure portfolio across the UK and Ireland, these acquisitions further consolidate the expertise we can offer. Tunnels are complex structures requiring specialised skills, I am delighted we can draw upon such a significant resource to support our clients in engineering underground structures.”