Glasgow office move boosts WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff UK Chief Operating Officer Mark Naysmith with Glasgow Director Pete Dunbar at the opening of their new office on 110 Queen Street, Glasgow today.  Mark Naysmith is based at the firm's Edinburgh office. Picture by Chris James   7/12/15
WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff Glasgow Director Pete Dunbar and UK Chief Operating Officer Mark Naysmith

Over 110 WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff employees have celebrated moving to their first joint office in Glasgow.

The recently merged global professional services and engineering consultancy has moved into 110 Queen Street in a move the company has described as a major milestone for the combined business. The business says it expects to increase staff numbers by 35 per cent over the next five years.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s teams are currently working on a number of services for clients including Glasgow City Council. Recent projects include Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow and the Commonwealth Games’ Athletes’ Village.

Glasgow Director Pete Dunbar said, “Since the two firms merged, we now have a combined staff of 34,500 people in around 500 offices across 39 countries but today Glasgow becomes the first Scottish city where the two businesses operate from the same office.”

A big emphasis has been put on recruiting fresh, young talent and boosting the number of female engineers since the two firms merged in March this year, with one in seven (16%) of the Glasgow staff being graduate engineers and almost a third being female.

Pete Dunbar added, “Combining our workforce brings together two recognised talent pools that creates huge potential for growth and innovation working across local, national and international projects in Scotland. We have already seen a significant increase in the volume of work we are getting in, particularly in the central belt of Scotland, which contrasts what is happening nationally with many Scottish engineering companies struggling to secure work.”