ENGINEERING: WSP, DSB Consulting Merge
Recent Western Cape Business News
WSP Group Africa has strengthened its Consulting Engineering offering with the incorporation of DSB Consulting Engineers, with effect from 1st March 2010. The DSB team will add value to the Wet Services teams in the WSP Cape Town and Bryanston offices.
From sanitary drainage systems and domestic water systems to rational fire design, rain and storm water systems, gas installations and green consulting, DSB brings to WSP a vast array of knowledge and experience gained over 53 years.
WSP’s consulting engineering division’s Chief Operating Officer, Graeme Page, says, “We look forward to being able to offer our clients a service that is enhanced by greater access to national resources. The result will be a stronger Wet Services team capable of providing innovative, fit for purpose, engineering solutions that are not only affordable, but also energy, water and effluent efficient.”
Page adds, “DSB brings with it a number of excellent projects such as The Villas Mall, St John’s College, Sunninghill Hospital, the Nigel and Paarl prisons as well as a complement of “green” building design appointments. We are really looking forward to working with this team as well as the accompanying opportunities for expansion of WSP’s Wet Services offering.”
DSB was started in the early 1990s by La Grange’s grandfather and it has stayed a family business. However, over the past four years the company grew exponentially until it reached a stage where the directors realised that the company needed to expand in other directions. In joining WSP, the company saw greater opportunity for growth and for global exposure as well as the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary projects.
Last but not least, DSB brings to WSP a presence in the South African National Standards committee, responsible for producing national building and construction standards.
Newly-appointed head of Wet Services at WSP, Jack la Grange, explains DSB’s decision to join the global group: “DSB needed to expand its horizons and we felt that we could do so by joining a multidisciplinary organisation like WSP, who in turn wanted to expand its Wet Services offering. We have been able to boost our Wet Services offering to our existing clients, who in turn can now benefit from WSP’s expertise in other engineering disciplines.”
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