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Halcrow Group
Halcrow Group
Limited was a multinational engineering consultancy company, based in the United Kingdom Halcrow was one of the UK's largest consultancies,[2] with origins stretching back to 1868. The UK-based consultancy specialised in the provision of planning, design and management services for infrastructure development worldwide. With interests in transportation, water, maritime and property, the company undertook commissions in over 70 countries from a network of more than 90 offices. In 2011, the company was acquired by US firm CH2M Hill, and in 2013 it was announced that the Halcrow brand would eventually be discontinued.[3] The parent subsequently (2015) rebranded the whole group to CH2M. Two years later, in December 2017, CH2M was acquired by Jacobs Engineering
Engineering
Group.

Contents

1 History 2 Modern company

2.1 Notable modern projects

3 See also 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] The company was founded in 1868 by civil engineer Thomas Meik, and originally bore his name, and later those of his sons, Patrick and Charles. It worked extensively on port, maritime and railway projects in the North of England, in Wales
Wales
and in Scotland, before undertaking its first commissions outside the UK in the 1890s. During the first half of the 20th century, William Halcrow (later Sir William) established the firm in other areas, notably tunnelling and hydroelectric schemes. The firm had several previous names, including CS Meik and Buchanan (1920), CS Meik and Halcrow (1923), WT Halcrow and Partners (1941), Sir William Halcrow and Partners (1944), and, finally, Halcrow Group (1998).[4] Modern company[edit]

Halcrow offices at Burderop Park, near Swindon, in 2013

Halcrow's consultancy work included water, transportation, maritime, environment, power and property projects. Its customers included government departments, public sector authorities and utilities, industrial and commercial companies, international funding agencies and financial institutions. In 2008, the company reported a turnover of £468 million. Projects undertaken outside the UK accounted for 48% of turnover.[4] Owned and managed by its employees and staff shareholders, Halcrow remained an independent firm until 2011. On 10 November 2011 CH2M Hill
CH2M Hill
announced that it had completed the acquisition of Halcrow for £124m.[5] It was subsequently reported that Halcrow was effectively rescued by CH2M Hill, having incurred a pre-tax loss of £71m in its last year of independent trading (to 31 December 2011), on a turnover of £238m, down from £331m in 2010. Accounts lodged with Companies House showed that CH2M Hill's financial backing was crucial to Halcrow’s survival; the US firm agreed a secured loan to the company in December 2012 without which there would have been doubt regarding the firm’s ability to continue as a going concern.[1] On 2 August 2017 CH2M agreed to be purchased by Jacobs Engineering
Engineering
Group in a US$2.85 billion cash and stock deal. Shareholders approved the deal in December 2017,[6] and the completion of the acquisition was announced on 18 December.[7] Notable modern projects[edit]

As designer, Halcrow Group
Halcrow Group
delivered the ‘Clyde Arc’ across the River Clyde
River Clyde
in Glasgow.[8]

Toronto
Toronto
Pearson International Airport: Halcrow Yolles was the structural engineer of record for the passenger terminal facility.[9]

The 1260m long Medway Viaduct carries the high-speed Channel Tunnel Rail Link across the estuary of the River Medway. The viaduct is the largest bridge on the CTRL route and it has become a symbol for the new high speed railway.[10]

Second Severn Crossing
Second Severn Crossing
(UK; completed 1996) - Halcrow, in partnership with French consultant SEEE, designed the crossing on behalf of the Laing-GTM joint venture that won a £330 million contract to design and build the bridge.[11] Toronto Pearson International Airport
Toronto Pearson International Airport
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada; completion c. 2006) - Halcrow Yolles was the structural engineer of record for the passenger terminal facility. It was involved in the early concept design of the Central Processor roof structure in collaboration with Ove Arup and Partners; all remaining concept design, and all final administration services were provided by Halcrow Yolles.[9] Clyde Arc
Clyde Arc
Bridge (Glasgow, UK; completed 2006) - Halcrow designed this landmark bridge structure across the River Clyde
River Clyde
in central Glasgow. The bridge provides access to the Pacific Quay development.[8] One King Street West
One King Street West
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada; completed 2007) - Halcrow provided full structural engineering services to this slender 51-storey condominium-hotel linked to the existing 14-storey Toronto Dominion Bank building (c. 1915).[12] Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Sheikh Zayed Mosque
(completed 2007) - Halcrow were commissioned in 2001 to fulfil the role of construction supervisor working closely with the contractor, Impregilo of Italy, for the first phase of the project: the structural shell of the building. Following completion of the concrete structure Halcrow acted as the project consultant for the second phase up to completion of the project late in 2007 when the mosque was first opened to worshippers.[13] Channel Tunnel
Tunnel
rail link (UK; completed 2007) - Halcrow, as part of the Rail Link Engineering
Engineering
consortium, was responsible for all design and project management services on this project, delivering the £5.8 billion system on time and within budget.[14] Abu Dhabi International Airport
Abu Dhabi International Airport
(Abu Dhabi; completed 2008) - Halcrow was commissioned to carry out planning, design and site supervision for a second runway at Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi
International Airport.[15] Al Garhoud Bridge
Al Garhoud Bridge
(Dubai; completed 2008) Yas Island
Yas Island
Development (Abu Dhabi; completed 2009) - Halcrow acted as the client's appointed lead consultant responsible for the design and construction supervision of the primary infrastructure for this mixed-use 2500ha island development.[16] Busan-Geoje Fixed Link
Busan-Geoje Fixed Link
(South Korea; completion due 2010) - Halcrow TEC JV was appointed Technical Advisers to Daewoo Engineering
Engineering
& Construction
Construction
Co., Ltd, who were leading the consortium which had been awarded the concession to design, construct and operate this US$1100m transport link.[17] Bond Street Station Upgrade (UK; detailed design 2010-12) - Halcrow was part of the design team, along with consultants Atkins appointed by Costain Laing O'Rourke Joint Venture for the upgrading of the existing Bond Street Station in Central London Thames Hub (UK; concept 2011) - Halcrow provided technical advice to architects Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners
for its Thames Hub proposal for integrated infrastructure development in the Thames Estuary in the UK.

See also[edit]

Hafren Power

References[edit]

^ a b c Pitt, Vern (10 April 2013). "Halcrow was £71m in the red before CH2M Hill
CH2M Hill
takeover". Building. Retrieved 10 April 2013.  ^ For example, it was ranked 5th in the New Civil Engineer 2009 Consultants File
File
listing: Top firms by number of civil and structural staff, with 6275 staff - http://www.nce.co.uk/top-firms-by-number-of-civil-and-structural-staff/1995394.article. Accessed: 27 June 2012. ^ Pitt, Vern (18 April 2013). "Interview: Jacque Hinman". Building. Retrieved 3 May 2016.  ^ a b "Halcrow - About us home page". Archived from the original on 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2007-11-12.  ^ "Completion of Acquisition of Halcrow / CH2M HILL". Newsroom.ch2mhill.com. November 10, 2011. Archived from the original on November 11, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2011.  ^ "CH2M shareholders back merger with Jacobs". The Construction
Construction
Index. 15 December 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.  ^ "Jacobs completes acquisition of CH2M". The Construction
Construction
Index. 18 December 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.  ^ a b "Halcrow - Project - Clyde Arc". Archived from the original on 2010-08-23. Retrieved 2010-02-26.  ^ a b "Halcrow - Project - Toronto
Toronto
Pearson Airport - Terminal 1". Archived from the original on 2010-03-14. Retrieved 2010-02-26.  ^ "Halcrow - Projects - Medway Viaduct". Retrieved 2010-02-26. [dead link] ^ "Halcrow - Project - Second Severn Crossing". Archived from the original on 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2010-03-02.  ^ "Halcrow - Project - One King West". Archived from the original on 2010-11-25. Retrieved 2010-02-26.  ^ "Halcrow - Project - Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi". Archived from the original on 2010-03-06. Retrieved 2010-03-02.  ^ "Halcrow - Projects - High Speed 1 page". Archived from the original on October 2, 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-25.  ^ "Halcrow - Project - Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi
International Airport". Archived from the original on March 6, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-02.  ^ "Halcrow - Project - Yas Island". Archived from the original on 2013-01-25. Retrieved 2010-02-26.  ^ "Halcrow - Project - Busan Geoje fixed Link". Archived from the original on 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2010-03-02. 

External links[edit]

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