Consultant takes over 600-strong firm, and renames other subsidiaries including Faber Maunsell

Consultant Aecom has bought 600-strong QS firm Savant in order to boost its European presence and strengthen its project management team.

The firm said that Savant, which operates in 13 European countries, would be of particular help for winning work in Russia, Eastern Europe and the CIS states.

Aecom president and chief executive John Dionisio said: “Savant's presence throughout Europe - as well as the strong reputation that it has built over many years - enables Aecom to continue to expand our global footprint and penetrate new markets.

“In addition, Savant's exceptional project management capabilities provide added strength to Aecom, further bolstering our ability to win mega projects anywhere in the world.”

Serpentine Pavilion
Savant was project manager on Frank Gehry’s design for the Serpentine Pavilion in London’s Hyde Park last year

Savant chief David Whitehouse added: “We are delighted about joining Aecom, which gives us the opportunity to offer broad-based career development and expand our services - by practice area and geographically.”

The news came as Aecom subsidiary Faber Maunsell announced it had dropped its name to become fully integrated into the group.

Former Faber Maunsell chief executive Ken Dalton will remain in his position, with the new title of chief executive for Aecom Europe.

He said: “We are immensely proud of all that we have achieved as Faber Maunsell, and look forward to building on these strengths as Aecom.”

The firm's other operations in Europe, EDAW, ENSR, ERA and Earth Tech, will also be called Aecom.