In its second major purchase in 12 months, multi-national design and engineering firm Hyder Consulting has acquired West Australian-based BCH Engineering Consultants. BCH has expertise in the oil, gas, mining, resources, marine, civil infrastructure, land development and industrial sectors, and its purchase is a crucial step in Hyder’s growth strategy within the energy and resources sector.

Hyder’s Australasian managing director Greg Steele says, “We’re pleased to join forces with BCH Engineering. The company brings a Western Australian presence and multi-disciplinary capabilities, as well as strong and prosperous relationships with key clients.

“BCH’s client focus and commitment to excellence is perfectly aligned with Hyder so the collaboration between our teams will ensure we’re a very strong player in the market. This acquisition and established client base will increase momentum for our progression into the west,” he says.

BCH director Peter Britt says it is also excited by the merger. “BCH looks forward to a successful partnership in the future. We believe both companies have aligned goals when it comes to expectations, delivery, quality and culture. The merger will allow both parties to develop relationships with clients in the Pilbara and throughout Western Australia. I believe the key to success will be to maintain the close personal relationships we have developed with our existing clients, and with Hyder’s strong reputation behind us we can confidently offer a more diversified range of services to them.”

BCH will now be known as ‘BCH Hyder’ but will continue to operate as BCH Engineering Consultants, as part of the Hyder Consulting group of companies. BCH Board directors Peter Britt, Elim Clark and David Teahan will occupy key roles within Hyder Consulting.

Hyder boasts more than 150 years’ experience in providing engineering, environmental and planning solutions for clients the property, transport, water, energy and resources sectors. The company has worked on major Australian projects including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Westfield Sydney redevelopment, EastLink Motorway, West Gate Freeway Upgrade, Federation Square, Inner West Busway, Port Botany Expansion, Kenya Water Treatment Plant (coal seam gas) and Circle on Cavill.

Internationally, the consultancy has contributed on projects such as the Burj Khalifa, Ski Dubai, Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway System, Taiwan High Speed Rail and London’s Tower Bridge.

BCH is a successful privately owned professional engineering consultancy providing a high standard of multi-disciplinary engineering expertise across the oil, gas, mining, resources, marine, civil infrastructure, land development and industrial sectors. or

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