Atkins acquires leading engineering firm in East Africa

By Beth Nyaga

Atkins has Wednesday announced the acquisition of Howard Humphreys East Africa Limited.

The transaction is expected to be completed in approximately three months.

Howard Humphreys has been operating in the region since 1931 and supports clients across the infrastructure market in East Africa.

Howard Humphreys has a strong track record providing engineering consultancy and project management services in the transportation, water and property markets.

Atkins Chief Executive Officer, Prof Dr Uwe Krueger, said “Africa is experiencing major investment in transportation, infrastructure and energy, presenting strong demand for world-class multidisciplinary design and consultancy services.  This acquisition provides an excellent platform from which to develop our presence in the region and is in line with our strategy of targeted expansion into new geographies.”

Kanwal Syan, Managing Director of Howard Humphreys, in turn said “We’re extremely excited to become part of Atkins. The opportunities in East Africa are immense. As part of Atkins, our existing and new clients will have access to the full breadth of the Group’s expertise, so there’s no limit to what we can achieve together.”

Recent projects completed by Howard Humphreys include the new airport terminals at the international airports in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, geothermal power projects in Kenya for the Kenya Electricity Generating Company and independent power producers and the design and construction supervision of an 18,000 m² office tower in Upper Hill, Nairobi.

Paul Shepherd-Smith will lead Atkins operations in Africa as part of an enlarged Middle East & Africa (ME&A) business. He will report to ME&A Regional Chief Executive Officer Simon Moon.



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