Joining forces in the property market

As of April 2014, WSP in Africa and RPP and SPN Consulting Engineers have joined forces. The union supplements WSP’s existing HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and mechanical engineering capability in Johannesburg, while joining one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies in Africa enables RPP to grow with WSP’s global skills network as backing.

RPP and SPN’s full team of experts has relocated to WSP’s head office in Bryanston, where they continue to service existing agreements seamlessly. “We will carry across all our core values and high design standard, and we look forward to joining a well-respected international consultancy. WSP has always been a big player in the property market. We will to continue to serve our clients to the high standards to which they are accustomed with this Global reach at our disposal,” says Pieter de Bod, former principal of RPP Consulting Engineers and now Director within WSP, Building Services.

Shared values, such as a passion for sustainability and innovation, have seen WSP and RPP make an impressive impact on the South African property sector in recent years. Working alongside each other on several high-profile projects, including the Steyn City parkland residence in Northern Johannesburg and Maxwell Office Park in Midrand, the companies have complemented and supported each others’ skill sets to deliver best-in-class solutions for their clients.

Standard Bank’s recently-completed office complex in Rosebank, Johannesburg, is a further example of collaboration and teamwork. WSP’s well-respected Green by Design team provided green building consulting services that led to the complex receiving a five-star design rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa, while RPP provided cutting edge Tri-generation designs to support the receipt of this rating.

“We are thrilled to have the RPP and SPN team join WSP,” says Peter Hodgkinson, Managing Director for WSP’s Building Services Division in Africa. “Our two companies have worked well together in the past, and we believe we can only go from strength to strength by formalising our relationship. Pieter de Bod, Werner Broers, Jay Naidu and their team bring our Building Services head count in South Africa to over 160 people, ensuring we can continue to offer our clients the services of highly skilled and qualified engineers that are passionate about design, passionate about buildings, and passionate about delivering projects on time and to specification every time.”

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