Halcrow Group Limited was a multinational engineering consultancy
company, based in the United Kingdom
Halcrow was one of the UK's largest consultancies, with origins
stretching back to 1868. The UK-based consultancy specialised in the
provision of planning, design and management services for
infrastructure development worldwide. With interests in
transportation, water, maritime and property, the company undertook
commissions in over 70 countries from a network of more than 90
offices. In 2011, the company was acquired by US firm CH2M Hill, and
in 2013 it was announced that the Halcrow brand would eventually be
discontinued. The parent subsequently (2015) rebranded the whole
group to CH2M. Two years later, in December 2017, CH2M was acquired by
2 Modern company
2.1 Notable modern projects
3 See also
5 External links
The company was founded in 1868 by civil engineer Thomas Meik, and
originally bore his name, and later those of his sons, Patrick and
Charles. It worked extensively on port, maritime and railway projects
in the North of England, in
Wales and in Scotland, before undertaking
its first commissions outside the UK in the 1890s.
During the first half of the 20th century,
William Halcrow (later Sir
William) established the firm in other areas, notably tunnelling and
The firm had several previous names, including CS Meik and Buchanan
(1920), CS Meik and Halcrow (1923), WT Halcrow and Partners (1941),
William Halcrow and Partners (1944), and, finally, Halcrow Group
Halcrow offices at Burderop Park, near Swindon, in 2013
Halcrow's consultancy work included water, transportation, maritime,
environment, power and property projects. Its customers included
government departments, public sector authorities and utilities,
industrial and commercial companies, international funding agencies
and financial institutions.
In 2008, the company reported a turnover of £468 million. Projects
undertaken outside the UK accounted for 48% of turnover. Owned and
managed by its employees and staff shareholders, Halcrow remained an
independent firm until 2011. On 10 November 2011
CH2M Hill announced
that it had completed the acquisition of Halcrow for £124m.
It was subsequently reported that Halcrow was effectively rescued by
CH2M Hill, having incurred a pre-tax loss of £71m in its last year of
independent trading (to 31 December 2011), on a turnover of £238m,
down from £331m in 2010. Accounts lodged with Companies House showed
that CH2M Hill's financial backing was crucial to Halcrow’s
survival; the US firm agreed a secured loan to the company in December
2012 without which there would have been doubt regarding the firm’s
ability to continue as a going concern. On 2 August 2017 CH2M
agreed to be purchased by Jacobs
Engineering Group in a US$2.85
billion cash and stock deal. Shareholders approved the deal in
December 2017, and the completion of the acquisition was announced
on 18 December.
Notable modern projects
Halcrow Group delivered the ‘Clyde Arc’ across the
River Clyde in Glasgow.
Toronto Pearson International Airport: Halcrow Yolles was the
structural engineer of record for the passenger terminal facility.
The 1260m long Medway Viaduct carries the high-speed Channel Tunnel
Rail Link across the estuary of the River Medway. The viaduct is the
largest bridge on the CTRL route and it has become a symbol for the
new high speed railway.
Second Severn Crossing
Second Severn Crossing (UK; completed 1996) - Halcrow, in partnership
with French consultant SEEE, designed the crossing on behalf of the
Laing-GTM joint venture that won a £330 million contract to design
and build the bridge.
Toronto Pearson International Airport
Toronto Pearson International Airport (Toronto, Ontario, Canada;
completion c. 2006) - Halcrow Yolles was the structural engineer of
record for the passenger terminal facility. It was involved in the
early concept design of the Central Processor roof structure in
collaboration with Ove Arup and Partners; all remaining concept
design, and all final administration services were provided by Halcrow
Clyde Arc Bridge (Glasgow, UK; completed 2006) - Halcrow designed this
landmark bridge structure across the
River Clyde in central Glasgow.
The bridge provides access to the Pacific Quay development.
One King Street West
One King Street West (Toronto, Ontario, Canada; completed 2007) -
Halcrow provided full structural engineering services to this slender
51-storey condominium-hotel linked to the existing 14-storey Toronto
Dominion Bank building (c. 1915).
Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Sheikh Zayed Mosque (completed 2007) - Halcrow were commissioned in
2001 to fulfil the role of construction supervisor working closely
with the contractor,
Impregilo of Italy, for the first phase of the
project: the structural shell of the building. Following completion of
the concrete structure Halcrow acted as the project consultant for the
second phase up to completion of the project late in 2007 when the
mosque was first opened to worshippers.
Tunnel rail link (UK; completed 2007) - Halcrow, as part of
the Rail Link
Engineering consortium, was responsible for all design
and project management services on this project, delivering the £5.8
billion system on time and within budget.
Abu Dhabi International Airport
Abu Dhabi International Airport (Abu Dhabi; completed 2008) - Halcrow
was commissioned to carry out planning, design and site supervision
for a second runway at
Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Al Garhoud Bridge
Al Garhoud Bridge (Dubai; completed 2008)
Yas Island Development (Abu Dhabi; completed 2009) - Halcrow acted as
the client's appointed lead consultant responsible for the design and
construction supervision of the primary infrastructure for this
mixed-use 2500ha island development.
Busan-Geoje Fixed Link
Busan-Geoje Fixed Link (South Korea; completion due 2010) - Halcrow
TEC JV was appointed Technical Advisers to Daewoo
Construction Co., Ltd, who were leading the consortium which had been
awarded the concession to design, construct and operate this US$1100m
Bond Street Station Upgrade (UK; detailed design 2010-12) - Halcrow
was part of the design team, along with consultants Atkins appointed
by Costain Laing O'Rourke Joint Venture for the upgrading of the
existing Bond Street Station in Central London
Thames Hub (UK; concept 2011) - Halcrow provided technical advice to
Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners for its Thames Hub proposal for
integrated infrastructure development in the Thames Estuary in the UK.
^ a b c Pitt, Vern (10 April 2013). "Halcrow was £71m in the red
CH2M Hill takeover". Building. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
^ For example, it was ranked 5th in the New Civil Engineer 2009
File listing: Top firms by number of civil and structural
staff, with 6275 staff -
Accessed: 27 June 2012.
^ Pitt, Vern (18 April 2013). "Interview: Jacque Hinman". Building.
Retrieved 3 May 2016.
^ a b "Halcrow - About us home page". Archived from the original on
2010-03-04. Retrieved 2007-11-12.
^ "Completion of Acquisition of Halcrow / CH2M HILL".
Newsroom.ch2mhill.com. November 10, 2011. Archived from the original
on November 11, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2011.
^ "CH2M shareholders back merger with Jacobs". The
15 December 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
^ "Jacobs completes acquisition of CH2M". The
Construction Index. 18
December 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
^ a b "Halcrow - Project - Clyde Arc". Archived from the original on
2010-08-23. Retrieved 2010-02-26.
^ a b "Halcrow - Project -
Toronto Pearson Airport - Terminal 1".
Archived from the original on 2010-03-14. Retrieved 2010-02-26.
^ "Halcrow - Projects - Medway Viaduct". Retrieved
2010-02-26. [dead link]
^ "Halcrow - Project - Second Severn Crossing". Archived from the
original on 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2010-03-02.
^ "Halcrow - Project - One King West". Archived from the original on
2010-11-25. Retrieved 2010-02-26.
^ "Halcrow - Project - Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi". Archived from the
original on 2010-03-06. Retrieved 2010-03-02.
^ "Halcrow - Projects - High Speed 1 page". Archived from the original
on October 2, 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-25.
^ "Halcrow - Project -
Abu Dhabi International Airport". Archived from
the original on March 6, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-02.
^ "Halcrow - Project - Yas Island". Archived from the original on
2013-01-25. Retrieved 2010-02-26.
^ "Halcrow - Project - Busan Geoje fixed Link". Archived from the
original on 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2010-03-02.