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Neil Squibbs, CEO, with his views on the year ahead
Ted Happold said that a ‘world that sees art and engineering as divided is not seeing the world as a whole’. This integrated outlook, alongside our ability to adapt to change, has been key to our success in 2018.
What makes BuroHappold different? We consider the outcomes first of all. Working out what a client wants to achieve most from their project is our key to producing built structure solutions for our clients that work on all levels, for all users, and over a long period of time.
So, if BuroHappold was a ‘project’, what do we want to achieve in the long term? In essence, we need to build on our strengths and seek to create the right balance in our practice. Balance in our markets and the services we provide for our clients. Ultimately this will lead to growth. Within that, a deeper knowledge of our sectors, a culture that nurtures, inspires and promotes talent and the flexibility to adapt to a changing world, keeping one step ahead of every technological advance.
BURO HAPPOLD OVERALL BOARD STRUCTURE
This shows the new structure for the firm, going forward, with the introduction of a global strategy group. This development is intended to develop and assess our work in buildings and cities, as well as improve the balance of work between the UK and elsewhere in the world to ensure we are a strong resilient business that is thinking about the future.
To achieve this, we have been looking at how our practice is structured. The last major change was the creation of the Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) in 2008, which enabled a wider group of Partners to participate in leading and owning BuroHappold.
Going forward, we are exploring alternative forms of ownership, that we feel would be more inclusive of all our people, and allow us to grow for the benefit of our clients and people.
Alongside this, we will continue to invest heavily in our practice to create opportunities for talented people, and to balance our operations more evenly between UK and non-UK locations. We will continue to invest in the core of the business – excellence in engineering and consulting. This evolution of our work at BuroHappold is inspiring, and allows us to cement ties with key decision-makers and clients on a macro-level, setting the stage for future challenging and profitable work.