EC Harris

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EC Harris
Type Limited Liability Partnership
Industry Consultancy, Real Estate
Founded 1911
Founder(s) Edward Charles Harris
Headquarters United Kingdom
Number of locations 43
Area served Global
Parent Arcadis
Website Homepage

EC Harris is an international built asset consultancy firm headquartered in the United Kingdom.[1] It is a key part of the Arcadis group, a network of 21,000 professionals operating in over 70 countries and 300 offices, generating approximately €2.4 billion in annual revenue following the companies merger in 2011.[2]

History[edit]

Founded in 1911 by Edward Charles Harris, EC Harris began as a multi-industry consultancy business. By the 1950s the business was largely property-based, focusing on civil engineering and infrastructure development. It was in 1986 that the company started Europe's first facilities management consultancy services and in 1996 the business began to offer full life-cycle capital project and facilities consultancy. In 2003 EC Harris became a limited liability partnership (LLP). EC Harris merged with Arcadis on November 2, 2011 after a vote of EC Harris' 183 partners on October 31, 2011. This grew the work force EC Harris had access to over 21,000 professionals as a subsidiary of Arcadis.[3] The merger led to an 84% boost in Arcadis' revenues in 2012.[1][4]

Regions[edit]

Europe[edit]

60% of the company's revenues come from the UK. In 2007 however, the company began the process of opening new offices in Russia, Latvia, Croatia, Romania, and Turkey, expanding on a presence in eastern Europe they established in the mid-1990s.[5] In the United Kingdom, EC Harris issues reports on the efficiency of space development for both private and public industries.[6] In mid-2012 EC Harris warned that the Eurozone crisis would negatively impact the development of office space development in London throughout that decade.[7] They were also a consultant for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[8] The company employs the most Chartered Surveyors in the UK.[9]

Middle-East and Asia[edit]

EC Harris has developed large-scale construction complexes in Qatar,[10] Dubai, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, establishing a presence in the Middle East in the year 2000 after a five decade long absence from the region. They currently have 250 employees between their Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices, as well as offices in Doha, Qatar and Dammam, Saudi Arabia.[11] Projects in the region include the Al Wahda Sports Club's Grand Millennium Al Wahda Hotel, Abu Dhabi's largest hotel complex.[12] In 2007 the firm was awarded the management contract for over £19 billion in construction contracts by the government of Dubai and[13] and a £10 billion beach residential and commercial area construction contract by the government of Abu Dhabi.[14] EC Harris issues investment reports on other regions of Asia as well for the wider Middle East[15] and nations including China.[16]

Awards[edit]

In 2006 EC Harris received a PFM partnership award for managing HM Court Services London estate and in 2007 EC Harris's London headquarters received a PFM award in the Partners in Business category.[17] In 2007 EC Harris was also awarded a Quality Standard (QS) award for best all round QS firm.[18] In 2010 the firm won several awards including awards from the Central and Eastern European Real Estate Quality Award, a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Award, and a Green Apple award. In 2011 the firm won a Union Investment Award, a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors award, and a British Institute of Facilities Management award. In 2012 EC Harris has won an award from the Institution of Civil Engineers.[19]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Who We Are". Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ "ARCADIS SUBSIDIARY EC HARRIS AND MACE WIN £72M PROGRAM MANAGEMENT CONTRACT FROM ASHGHAL". Arcadis. May 23, 2012. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ Alex Wellman (November 2, 2011). "EC Harris merger agreed". Inside Housing. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ Luke Cross (August 2, 2012). "EC Harris helps boost Arcadis building revenues by 84pc". Construction News. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ Sarah Richardson (2007). "EC Harris to expand east in overseas profit drive". Building. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  6. ^ Anna Codrea-Rado (June 8, 2011). "NHS could save £1bn by better estate management". The Guardian. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ Julia Kollewe (February 21, 2012). "London office developments 'at risk from eurozone crisis'". The Guardian. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Kean joins EC Harris". Building. August 25, 2005. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Top 100 Surveyors". Building. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "EC Harris, Mace in $113m Qatar infrastructure win". Construction Week Online. May 23, 2012. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  11. ^ Gerhard Hope (March 3, 2012). "Face to Face: John Williams, EC Harris". Construction Week Online. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  12. ^ Siba Sami Ammari (February 6, 2011). "EC Harris delivers Abu Dhabi's largest Hotel". AME info. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  13. ^ Emily Wright (2007). "EC Harris lands £19bn Middle East bonanza". Building. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  14. ^ By Nargess Shahmanesh-Banks (October 8, 2007). "EC Harris wins £10bn Abu Dhabi beach scheme". Building. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  15. ^ "GCC ‘world’s top place’ for investment in ports". Gulf Times. June 15, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  16. ^ "China 4th in world energy investment hot spots: report". Reuters. October 14, 2010. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  17. ^ "EC Harris’ London HQ wins business award". Building. November 16, 2007. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  18. ^ Alex Smith (December 7, 2007). "EC Harris wins Best QS award". Building. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Our Awards: EC Harris". Retrieved August 9, 2012.