Newly merged engineering company takes space at Cardiff’s Capital Quarter

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff says huge potential for growth in the region

22 September 2015

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Newly formed professional services and engineering consultancy WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff is moving 150 staff to a floor at the Welsh Government's No 1 Capital Quarter building in the centre of Cardiff.

The business has a strong track record in delivering major projects across Wales, including the new Watt Power Station in Hirwaun, Aberdare, the A487 Caernarfon and Bontnewydd Bypass, the Swansea Regeneration Framework and the Eastern Bay Link Road in Cardiff. It is currently delivering professional and engineering consultancy services for a range of private and public sector clients including the Welsh Government and local authorities acrosss Wales. The firm plans to grow its Cardiff team by 15% and employs around 31,000 worldwide.

Kim Jenkins, director at WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff in Cardiff said, “The combination of our public and private sector expertise means that we are now working on a wide range of projects for a variety of clients. It's a great time to be working in Wales and this merger will bring a huge potential for growth in the region, not only in terms of new projects but also recruitment as we are looking to grow our Welsh team significantly.”

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff was represented in the deal by Ben Bolton, Director of Business Space at Cooke & Arwright. He commented, “This is prime, centrally located grade A office space, with excellent public transport links and right at the heart of the Cardiff Central Enterprise Zone. We are delighted to have been able to secure a deal with Welsh Government on behalf of WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff for a much sought-after location.”

Other tenants include Alert Logic, Finance Wales and Network Rail.

Cooke & Arkwright have been providing rating valuation advice to The Welsh Rugby Union Limited (“WRU”) and Millennium Stadium plc for many years. They were recently successful in achieving substantial reductions in the assessments of the Millennium Stadium, covering both the 2005 and 2010 rating list. These negotiated reductions yielded savings of c.£3.5m which, crucially, allows the WRU to re-invest in rugby throughout Wales. They advise the WRU across the group portfolio including the National Centre of Excellence in the Vale of Glamorgan. The valuation issues across the WRU portfolio are complex requiring a high level of understanding of the funding and finances of professional sport in Wales. Cooke & Arkwright’s experience and understanding of these issues and application to the rating valuation have yielded these substantial negotiated reductions. The WRU and the Millennium Stadium entrust our work to organisations with the required levels in experience and expertise in dealing with these complex issues. I am glad to say we have this expertise in Wales. I would have no hesitation in recommending ratepayers making use of this Welsh based expertise.

Steve Phillips, Group Finance Director, Welsh Rugby Union Group