• 25 October 2013

Autumn/Winter edition of Waterman Times

I hope that you had a very enjoyable summer this year.

At Waterman we have had a very busy period during the holiday months winning many new commissions in the property and transport sectors. Since January we have recruited over seventy new employees from graduate to director level. The reputation of Waterman and the culture within the company has enabled us to attract some outstanding candidates.

Waterman has continued to win many awards for design excellence and we were selected as a finalist in the UK Consultant of the Year category at the NCE/ACE 2013 Consultant of the Year awards.

In June, Atkins/Waterman was appointed as the sole Tier 1 supplier to the West Midlands Highway Alliance framework where we will work together for the next four years in a strategic partnership to deliver a broad range of municipal, highways and engineering consultancy services across the region. This new commission enables Waterman Aspen, our civil engineering secondment business, to continue to expand its range of services and clients.In July, our design team on the 1 million (gross) sq ft new headquarters for Google UK Ltd at Kings Cross, London was relocated to site for the construction phase. In Australia, we are working on many projects in the healthcare and judicial sectors and following the recent Federal elections we look forward to these projects proceeding to construction.

We attended the British Council of Shopping Centres conference last month and it is clear from our discussions that there is increasing confidence in the future of retailing. In April this year the 1 million sq ft Trinity Leeds shopping centre designed by Waterman for Land Securities was opened to the public. Waterman teams are currently working on many other shopping centres throughout the UK for many of our clients. We are assisting Westfield and Hammerson with their planning application for the 2 million sq ft Whitgift Centre in Croydon. Over the last twelve months we have been involved in advising banks and investors on numerous retail development transactions.

You will notice from this edition of the Waterman Times that the range and diversity of work in which we are involved has increased and I sincerely hope that you will find the publication a thoroughly interesting read.

Nick Taylor, Chief Executive

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