Where it all began
Stuart McLachlan, our Global Managing Director, started the Environment & Energy business within WSP Group in 1995. A strong team spirit, an entrepreneurial culture and a passion for understanding our client’s needs and delivering pragmatic, results-oriented advice was core to our early success and that remains true today.
Our business has grown fast both organically and through strategic acquisitions and senior hires. By the end of the 90’s our initial focus on due diligence, land remediation and acoustics had diversified into environmental planning, corporate services and energy.
The expansion of our global footprint has included acquisitions such as the environmental team of Sweden’s market leading engineering consultancy; a 25 year strong environmental engineering practice in North America with offices from East to West coast; and a number of organisations in Australia. The key to success has been in retaining staff and clients from these acquisitions to enrich and evolve our existing business with new ideas and areas of expertise.
We also have a track record of developing new leading-edge services that help our clients remain compliant and competitive against the back-drop of the environmental and sustainability agenda. We have enormous expertise in environmental liability transfer in the US and have completed the first such deal in Europe; our Energy specialists can advise on new renewable forms of energy and ways to reduce energy and associated emissions; and our Digital practice designs online and mobile solutions to help clients manage complex environmental data in real-time, and track the sustainability of their products and practices.
We have built a reputation as a consultancy who helps clients from the delivery of best practice advice through to design, engineering and successful implementation of programmes. Our output delivers transformational change for organisations both in terms of reducing liabilities and freeing up assets and in establishing management programmes and sustainability strategies that enable our clients to generate real competitive edge in their markets.