GHD Advisory continues expansion drive with Singapore hub

19 October 2020 2 min. read

After setting up shop in Oceania, North America, Europe and the Middle East, GHD Advisory has now formally launched in Asia.

With over 10,000 people in 200+ offices globally, GHD is one of the world’s largest engineering consultancies. The firm, founded in 1928 and headquartered in Australia, provides engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services to private and public sector clients, with a focus on the water, energy and resources, property and buildings, and transportation sectors. 

In 2016, GHD launched its own consulting arm. Known as GHD Advisory, the unit offers services beyond the design and delivery of assets, supporting clients throughout the business lifecycle, including business case development, asset management, infrastructure investment and economics, and risk, assurance and regulation. The division also helps clients with technical transaction services for large deals / projects.

Richard Fechner and Jason Tok, GHD

“Since launching, GHD Advisory has developed a strong platform in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, UK, Europe and the Middle East in line with our strategy to develop a truly global presence. Singapore is one of the world’s leading economic hubs, so it was an obvious next step for us to take,” said Richard Fechner, GHD’s Global Advisory Leader.

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The new office in Singapore will aim to capitalise on “significant opportunity and strong infrastructure demand” in order to establish a foothold in the country, said Fechner. GHD Advisory will seek to leverage its good relations with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and Infrastructure Asia to hit the ground running. 

“Initially, the focus will be on the transactional, risk and feasibility space, where we have an industry leading track record, having delivered strategic, commercial, regulatory and technical advice on over $100 billion worth of transactions globally. Our offering will primarily target clients involved in developing regional infrastructure projects and capital investments,” explained Jason Tok, who has been hired from counterpart Aurecon and appointed Head of GHD Advisory in Singapore. 

Meanwhile, the Singapore office will serve as a gateway to other Southeast Asian markets. Fechner: “From Singapore, the Advisory team can help clients across the APAC region to optimise their investment portfolios, supported by GHD’s significant global technical resources in the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand and the US.”

According to a report released last week by Oliver Wyman, Singapore is the globe's top city for urban mobility.