Move by Glasgow firm Soben sees T&T director also join Singapore office

Ambitious Scottish cost consultant Soben is expanding into the Asia Pacific region and has recruited two former Laing O’Rourke and Turner & Townsend veterans to help run it.

The Glasgow-based company, which employs around 200 people and is working on the HS2 railway as well as Multiplex’s One Nine Elms tower scheme in London, is opening an office in Singapore – less than a year after moving into the US.

Andrew Murie CEO Soben APAC

Andrew Murie’s CV includes spells at Laing O’Rourke and Amec

Andrew Murie, who along with O’Rourke counts Amec on his CV during a 30 year career, will be chief executive for the region.

Murie joined O’Rourke more than a decade ago and worked as a commercial leader at its Scottish building arm before switching hemispheres to become a commercial director at the firm’s Australia business for three years until 2014.

Former T&T director Callum Agnew has also joined as director for mission critical projects. Agnew spent more than 13 years at T&T’s Singapore office.

Soben said the new office will concentrate on mission critical, data centre, infrastructure, life sciences and renewable energy work.

Last spring, the firm, which was set up in 2011, opened a US office in Chicago headed by former Linesight and Faithful & Gould director Joe Cusick.

Soben has said it wants to grow to around 1,000 staff by the end of the decade.