Engineering firm changes name to 'mark its successful integration' with Danish parent

Engineering firm Ramboll Whitbybird has dropped the names of its founders from its title and will from today be known simply as Ramboll UK.

Whitbybird merged with the Danish Ramboll Group in 2007, and the firm  said today’s announcement marked its “successful integration with the Ramboll group”. Both chief executive Mike Crane and chairman Mike Whitby will remain in their positions.

The change of name comes 26 years after Mark Whitby and Bryn Bird started up the firm as Whitby & Bird. It later rebranded simply to Whitbybird, but took up its parent’s name after its acquisition, thought to be for around £100m, in August 2007.

Compared to some of its rivals, the company’s parent is in relatively good health financially speaking. In its most recent set of results, the Ramboll Group announced turnover of 5,639.8 million krone (£676m) with pre-tax profits of 357.7 million krone (£42.8m). Its British division is working on projects including the Tate Modern extension and the refurbishment of BBC Broadcasting House.

Whitby said: “Our clients can continue to rely on our talented engineers, our energy and unique engineering approach but now we have more. More services, more skills and we have become a serious contender globally with some impressive multi-disciplinary projects already underway.”