Scottish construction consultancy expands into Asia Pacific with new Singapore office

Andrew Murie

SCOTTISH-based construction consultancy Soben has confirmed the expansion of its operations into APAC (Asia Pacific) with the launch of a Singapore office.

The move has been supported by two new senior appointments. Andrew Murie will take the role of Soben APAC CEO, with Callum Agnew joining as director – mission critical. Soben’s APAC team focus on clients in sectors including mission critical, data centre, infrastructure, life sciences, and renewable energy.

Murie brings over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, including 20 at senior management level in both commercial and operational roles for organisations in the UK and Australia including AMEC, Laing O’Rourke, and most recently as business unit director at Altrad in Aberdeen.

Agnew, formerly a director with Turner & Townsend, has over 13 years’ experience in construction consultancy managing projects across locations in Australia, Indonesia, and Singapore.

Callum Agnew

Soben’s construction solutions include cost management, estimating, commercial management, project controls, and bills of quantities. The firm has completed commissions on projects such as Vauxhall’s One Nine Elms and Aykon Tower, Euston Station and High Speed 2.

Andrew Murie said, “I am extremely proud and excited to lead the Soben APAC business into 2022 and beyond in this next chapter of our journey. I am also privileged to be supported by some of the best talent in the region, who are an integral part of the Soben family.

“Our unique brand of service and delivery will refresh the market with something dynamically different. We will provide our clients, both existing and new, with a best in class offering, individually tailored to their specific requirements, and delivered by passionate professionals the Soben way.”

Scott Smyth, Soben founder and group CEO, added, “The launch of our APAC office in Singapore is the next phase of our global expansion plans for Soben, following on our move into North America in April of last year.  I am delighted to have both Andrew Murie and Callum Agnew join the business at this time and am confident that they will ensure our success in this next stage of growth.

“Soben is a global business with a local presence that brings together industry experience and on-the-ground knowledge to ensure flexibility and attention to detail in every project we work on. Expanding into APAC will allow us to further support current clients and build new relationships in a region that is experiencing high levels of growth, particularly in mission critical projects.”

In 2021, Soben began its global expansion with the launch of its North America office, headquartered in Chicago. The business is targeting 1,000 people globally by 2030 to support growth in current locations and expansion into additional territories.