Pictured is Mark Naysmith
Global professional services consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff will be changing its name to WSP in May.
The change of name reflects the consultancy’s recent growth to around 36,700 people globally with 7,100 based in the UK, including 2,000 across the North of England. The new name will cover more than 85 small and mid-sized to large companies that have previously come together.
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff employs more than 440 staff in Leeds, including 63 at Mouchel Consulting which was acquired by the global business in October 2016, and will become WSP in July when it is fully integrated with the wider business.
The Leeds business has provided engineering and consultancy services for a number of major schemes in Yorkshire including the £300 million mixed-used Kirkstall Forge development and the £80 million Tower Works scheme in Holbeck Urban Village in Leeds. The team also helped achieve planning permission for the landmark Central Square development in Leeds city centre; the first high rise scheme in the city for a number of years.
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff and Mouchel Consulting currently provide technical expertise in the built and natural environment across the public and private sectors. The combined business has been involved in many high-profile UK projects including the Shard, Crossrail, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham, the re-development of London Bridge Station, Manchester Metrolink and the London Olympic and Paralympic Route Network. Outside of the UK, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has provided the engineering for New York’s One World Trade Centre and Istanbul’s Eurasia Tunnel.
Mark Naysmith, UK CEO, said: “WSP is a successful story of global growth. We have decided to change our name after speaking to our people and our clients extensively. Our conversations with clients showed they have a genuine curiosity about us and the services we provide. For our 7,100 people in the UK, being WSP will allow us to focus on our shared future, combined talent and common vision as one of the country’s fastest growing engineering professional services consultancies.
“From the Shard to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Crossrail and HS2 to the Smart M1 Motorway, and Exeter’s supercomputer to Glasgow’s Athlete’s Village, we are proud of the contribution we make to societies throughout the UK. As part of a 36,700 strong global consultancy, we will continue to deliver for all our clients the same legacy: great places for people to live, travel, work and enjoy.”