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EDAW in shock merger

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International giant EDAW, whose London office had a key masterplanning role in the 2012 London Olympic bid, has merged with global design behemoth AECOM.

According to EDAW, whose London office is headed up by CABE commissioner Jason Prior, the merger combines EDAW's 'front-end planning expertise' with AECOM's management capabilities.

AECOM is 20 times the size of EDAW. It has 22,000 employees compared to EDAW's 1,200, and a turnover of US$2.5 billion (£1.4 billion) compared to the architect and planner's US$150 million (£87 million).

EDAW president Joe Brown said: 'This is an ideal marriage. EDAW's service offerings - particularly in urban regeneration - are a natural fit with AECOM's transportation, environmental and facilities strengths.'

AECOM president and chief executive officer John Dionisio said: 'The merger with EDAW will advance our strategic objective of broadening and diversifying our technical services, particularly in front-end planning and consulting.'

by Rob Sharp

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