The acquisition adds 50 people to WSP in Australia. There are parallels in WSP and Winward’s experience, in particular in the delivery of tall, slender towers. The two companies have already worked together on projects in the country including the Melbourne Convention Centre and Southern Cross Station.
WSP said that integrating will provide both sets of existing clients enhanced levels of service across Australia and globally.
The new arm will operate as WSP Structures and continue to be led by Kevin Winward. Winward’s current offices are in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. The plan is to accelerate the growth of WSP Structures, through access to WSP's offices and technical resources throughout the Asia-Pacific region. A new Sydney office is now operational and several projects are under way there.
Kevin Winward, executive chairman for Winward and of the new WSP Structures said: “Winward has always promoted specialism; to combine the best skills available in every discipline into a team of specialists. WSP’s global model for multi-disciplinary service delivery has also utilised an integrated specialist approach. Now together as WSP Structures, our specialist structural/civil/facade team will work in an integrated manner with WSP’s specialist building services team, in much the same way as we have before joining forces, but with the added value of a common delivery platform and an holistic project delivery aspiration.”