Interview with Consultants

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    In business with Frank Elkins: on guard at Travis Perkins


    The boss of the UK’s biggest builders merchants tells Dave Rogers what soaring inflation and the squeeze on household budgets mean for his business

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    In business with Exigere: Work is only hard when you’re not enjoying it


    Founding partner Dan Fryer tells Dave Rogers about the challenges and opportunities of life as a QS in today’s turbulent market

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    We fought a shark… and won: Rider Levett Bucknall talks to Building


    Sixteen years ago, venture capitalists tried to pick RLB clean. Dave Rogers asks three of its top team how it survived – and thrived

  • Steve Morriss

    Interview: Steve Morriss


    The £2.3bn merger of US engineering giant Aecom with rival URS made it the UK’s second largest consultant. But where does it go from here and what does the merger mean for the UK? To find out, Building talked to Aecom’s EMEA boss Steve Morriss

  • Guy Austin

    Interview: Guy Austin


    Property and construction consultancy Ridge works for clients who build, test and race the world’s fastest cars. And with turnover for the business as a whole rising by 20% last year, you’d expect it to be happy to just cruise along. But partner Guy Austin has other ideas

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    Interview: Alinea


    The founders of Alinea have a track record in Davis Langdon and EC Harris and some pretty impressive towers behind them. But can this offshoot compete with the big boys, and see off start-up rivals?

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    Interview: Mark Reynolds, Mace


    Mace’s new chief executive on how he plans to double the firm’s turnover by 2020

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    Interview: Capita Symonds' Richard Marchant


    Capita Symonds’ new chief executive has been brought back for a major rebranding job - including dropping the Symonds name

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    Interview: Jacque Hinman


    What CH2M Hill and Halcrow can do together now they’re one

  • Jason Prior, Aecom

    Jason Prior: The big picture man


    Aecom’s head of buildings and places, Jason Prior, maps out where the company is headed

  • Stephen-Gee

    Stephen Gee: Turning the tables


    John Rowan Partners emerged from the nineties’ recession with just five staff. This time around, it has already returned to growth, with a 25-year plan to employ 750 people worldwide. We spoke to managing partner Stephen Gee

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    Neill Morrison: Second life


    Two years ago, Davis Langdon partner Neill Morrison set up a cost consultancy firm for global giant Deloitte. He tells Adam Branson how the business is shaping up - and how getting former colleagues to join him differs from ‘poaching’ them

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    Ramboll interview: Back to black


    For a man who has a one million pound hole to fill, Steve Canadine, boss of Ramboll’s UK arm, doesn’t seem particularly worried

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    Interview: Philip Youell, EC Harris


    EC Harris tied the knot with Arcadis a year ago and since then its chief executive has used their combined strength to win work worth £40m. Philip Youell tells Iain Withers the secrets to a successful takeover and where he intends to pitch for work in the future

  • Sean Tomkins

    Sean Tompkins: Chartering new territory


    With the RICS’ overseas membership up to 35,000, chief executive Sean Tompkins isn’t about to be blown off course by parochial critics back home

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    Ann Bentley: Stepping up


    It would be understandable if Rider Levett Bucknall UK’s new chair felt intimidated by her predecessor’s legacy. But,as Building reports, Ann Bentley is ready to fill the role in her own way

  • Graham Reid

    Hyder power: Graham Reid


    Graham Reid, Hyder’s UK managing director, explains how the firm has found itself with 500 vacancies to fill

  • Neil McArthur

    Arcadis' Neil McArthur: This is just the start


    When Arcadis bought EC Harris last year, it became the 10th largest design consultant in the UK and gained leverage in Asia and the Middle East. Now it’s brought in Neil McArthur to spend a further £100m on acquisitions and turn it into an even bigger global player. Building asked ...

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    Mott Macdonald's Keith Howells: 'It's a bit like star wars'


    How should the UK’s largest independent consultant respond to the ‘evil Empire’ of consolidated corporations taking over the market? Mott MacDonald chairman Keith Howells tells Building about the company’s plans to strike back. Tom Campbell photography

  • Charles McBeath

    Charles McBeath on Ramboll growth: Why stop now?


    For Charles McBeath, head of Ramboll UK, the secret to growth is acquisition and last year he doubled the size of his company by acquiring engineering firm Gifford, boosting turnover from £35m to £58m. But that, he tells Building, was just for starters