Robert Bird Group Joins Surbana Jurong

06 December 2017

Robert Bird Group, one of Australiaís leading structural, civil and construction engineering firms, has today announced it will join the global network of Singapore-based urban, industrial and infrastructure consulting business Surbana Jurong Private Limited (Surbana Jurong).

Surbana Jurong recognises the best approach is to have a group of specialists operate in the global marketplace individually, with the flexibility to work independently or collaboratively depending on the opportunities that arise. They recognised that Robert Bird Groupís expertise in complex structural, civil and construction engineering would complement their existing focus on urban, industrial and infra-structure developments, and that a collaboration would present many real and live global opportunities for both firms into the future. Robert Bird Group leadership will remain intact, and will largely be fulfilling the same roles. The deal immediately strengthens Robert Bird Groupís global footprint, accelerating its entrance into Asia and Africa while offering new opportunities in its established markets through collaboration with other Surbana Jurong companies.  The natural synergies and complementary strengths between Robert Bird Group and other businesses within the Surbana Jurong network will deliver a stronger, more integrated proposition for clients.

Established in 1982 in Brisbane, the Robert Bird Group has extensive experience working across a range of high-profile global projects, including Londonís Westfield Whitecity Shopping Centre, Dubaiís ICD Brookfield Place tower, Melbourneís Australia 108 residential tower and Sydneyís One Central Park tower and Darling Harbour Live development.

The firm, which employs 600 people across their 10 global offices, has worked successfully with Surbana Jurong in the past including on the Westin Hotel Darwin and the Queensland Governmentís Logan Enhancement Project.

This latest acquisition continues Surbana Jurong Groupís growth strategy, and will augment its acquisition of Australia-based infrastructure consultancy SMEC Holdings Ltd last year, providing a strong complementary fit and completing its value-chain proposition for its urban and infrastructure clients.

Surbana Jurong is one of Asiaís largest consultancies and has been shaping Singaporeís urban and industrial landscape for over 50 years. They have designed and completed more than one million homes in Singapore, with the Group boasting an annual turnover of S$1.3 billion and a global workforce of over 13,000 employees operating across 44 countries.

Robert Bird Group founder and Chairman, Robert Bird, said: ďThis agreement represents the next stage of growth for Robert Bird Group, with closer alignment to Surbana Jurong giving us the opportunity to access new projects around the world for a wider base of clients. We also see this as being a natural fit given the synergies of our two businesses in terms of geography, competencies and clients.

ďAt the same time, joining the Surbana Jurong network gives the Robert Bird Group greater access to capital, greater resources and greater scale.  This will only heighten our ability in securing new national and international projects and will open the door to further growth for our firm across Asia and in Africa.

ďIt will be business as usual as far as our values, our operations and our team are concerned. I will also continue my role with Robert Bird Group to ensure our vision is delivered and our people have an environment to excel.Ē

Surbana Jurong Private Limitedís Group Chief Executive Officer, Wong Heang Fine, said: ďSurbana Jurong Groupís growth strategy is about enhancing core capabilities and extending market reach, so that we create more opportunities for all our people. I am excited to welcome the Robert Bird Group into the Surbana Jurong Group of companies. The strong complementary fit between our businesses means we can immediately offer our clients a more complete value-chain suite of services, not just in Australia, but now more than ever, in more markets globally.

Since 2015, Surbana Jurong Group has tripled in size, both in terms of talent base as well as in revenue. The Groupís growth has been both organic as well as inorganic. Leveraging our partner companiesí strengths allow us to tap into key growth sectors. At the same time, it allows us a bigger stage to take our urban planning, coastal engineering, township and other capabilities global.  Today marks the next phase of our growth as we look to further globalise and transform our business further.Ē




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