Arcadis UK

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Former type Public Limited Company
Industry Infrastructure, Water, Environment, and Buildings
Successor(s) A division of EC Harris
Founded 1946
Defunct November 2011
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Key people Doug Williams, CEO
Products Consultancy, design, engineering and management services
Parent Arcadis NV

Arcadis UK was a Quantity Surveying firm, whose head office was based in London. The firm also had offices in Manchester, Leeds, Newmarket, Birmingham, Camberley, Bristol, Edinburgh and Glasgow. The firm ceased to exist in November 2011 when it was merged into EC Harris.


The firm was founded by Stanley Axtell and his colleagues Messrs Yates and Hallett when they set up a Quantity Surveying business known as AYH in the City of London in 1946.[1] Throughout this period, the firm grew steadily and broadened both its service base to include firstly project management and subsequently building surveying and facilities consultancy and its area of operation with the opening of UK regional and overseas offices. Following a period of retrenchment during the economic recession of the early nineties, the firm was incorporated in February 1994. In March 1999, the holding of the major shareholders was purchased by a team of existing senior managers, led by David Thompson, already a major shareholder himself. At the beginning of 2002, AYH restructured its operations from a skill and regional office-based structure into fully integrated market sector groups.[1]

In 2005 AYH became part of Arcadis, a Dutch consultancy firm.[2] The firm acquired Summerfield Robb Clark, a Scottish practice, in 2006.[3] It also bought Berkeley Consulting, a practice specialising in infrastructure work in 2006.[4] Arcadis merged with EC Harris on 2 November 2011 after a vote of EC Harris' 183 partners on 31 October 2011.[5]

Business overview[edit]

The firm's core activity was the provision of Capital Project Services which represented 90% of the company's total turnover. Capital Project Services comprised Project Management and Cost Consultancy as well as a broad range of other construction and property services including health & safety, services engineering, program planning and dispute resolution. Over a number of years, AYH developed a range of Occupational Services, which included facilities management, facilities consultancy, out-sourcing of on-site support and under the banner of m3, a full relocation management service. The firm was a privately owned public limited company, owned by both its employees and an employee share ownership trust. One of the firm's last projects was Arsenal F.C.'s Emirates Stadium.[6]


  1. ^ a b Arcadis UK: History
  2. ^ Arcadis to buy AYH Building, 3 June 2005
  3. ^ AYH buys consultant Building, 13 April 2006
  4. ^ Success Corporate Finance
  5. ^ Alex Wellman (November 2, 2011). "EC Harris merger agreed". Inside Housing. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  6. ^ Happold Safe & Secure

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