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Atkins acquires African-based consultancy company

by Yamurai Zendera on Mar 3, 2016

Atkins has acquired Howard Humphreys East Africa Limited Group, a multidisciplinary consultancy based in Kenya and Tanzania, which employs around 200 people.

The move marks a significant step for Atkins providing a geographic expansion into the Africa market as a locally-based company.

The deal is expected to complete in approximately three months.

Howard Humphreys has been operating in the region since 1931 and supports clients across the infrastructure market in East Africa. It provides engineering consultancy and project management services in the transportation, water and property markets.

Prof Dr Uwe Krueger, Atkins’ chief executive officer, said: “Africa is experiencing major investment in transportation, infrastructure and energy, presenting strong demand for world-class multidisciplinary design and consultancy services. This acquisition provides an excellent platform from which to develop our presence in the region and is in line with our strategy of targeted expansion into new geographies.”

Kanwal Syan, managing director of Howard Humphreys, said: “We’re extremely excited to become part of Atkins. The opportunities in East Africa are immense. As part of Atkins, our existing and new clients will have access to the full breadth of the Group’s expertise, so there’s no limit to what we can achieve together.”

Recent projects completed by Howard Humphreys include the new airport terminals at the international airports in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam; geothermal power projects in Kenya for the Kenya Electricity Generating Company and independent power producers; and the design and construction supervision of an 18,000 m² office tower in Upperhill, Nairobi.

Simon Moon, chief executive officer for Middle East & Africa, added: “We know from long experience that in order to achieve sustainable success in any market, we need to have a strong presence on the ground. This gives us local knowledge and enables us to build close relationships with our clients based on the excellent reputation of both Howard Humphreys locally and Atkins internationally. Atkins has worked closely with the Howard Humphrey’s team for many years, and this acquisition is therefore absolutely the right move for our Group’s growth strategy in Africa.”