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Engineer WSP has enlisted architectural adviser Coonan

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Engineer wsp Group has hired former Arts Council architecture chief Rory Coonan to advise it on the design quality of large-scale projects.

The company, which employs 2000 people worldwide and is expected to turn over £100 million this year, has taken Coonan on in a one-year deal in which he will work two days per week.

'The world of engineering and architecture are always aligned in clients' minds,' Coonan told the aj. 'wsp is well placed to grow spectacularly in the next decade, I look forward to working with them.'

The relationship between the two parties stemmed from Coonan's involvement with wsp on its work on the Hungerford Bridge project, the Lifschutz Davidson- designed footbridge which has now begun on site. He has declared his interest with Westminster City Council on that scheme and says there is no conflict between his new role and his other work on major projects and for regional development agencies.

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