Witteveen+Bos offers its clients value-added consultancy and top-quality designs for water, infrastructure, spatial development, environment and construction projects. We deliver reliable solutions built on the knowledge, experience, social insight and intellect of our employees. At Witteveen+Bos we maintain an inspiring working environment from where we tackle the fascinating challenges that the future holds. Professionalism, respect and integrity are our core values.
Witteveen+Bos is committed to being a first-rate consultancy and engineering firm. Performing at the very highest level is a precondition for achieving this goal. Striving for the top is a healthy ambition. A national and international orientation towards products, markets and the labour market is essential to operating at the pinnacle of our field of work.
Internationally, Witteveen+Bos has achieved a good position in the following areas:
- preparation, transport and distribution of drinking water
- effluent treatment
- water management
- environmental technology and policy
- ports, dredging, coastal water engineering, river water engineering
We conduct a selective policy on the geographical areas that we serve. Besides operating in nearby countries (like Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom) we have been active for more than 25 years in Indonesia and in the Caribbean. Witteveen+Bos maintains an office in Jakarta. We additionally have offices in Aktau, Atyrau and Almaty (Kazakhstan), Riga (Latvia) and St. Petersburg (Russia). In the Caribbean we cooperate very closely with Civil Engineering Caribbean (CEC), a company with offices on Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten. Since 1990 there has been a great demand in central and eastern Europe for the kind of engineering expertise and know-how that we provide. Over the past two decades we have been involved in projects in numerous central and eastern European countries. In 2009 we opened our Belgian office in Antwerp.
Together with engineering firms NIRAS (Denmark), Artelia (formerly Sogreah, France) and Tyréns (Sweden), Witteveen+Bos is a member of the Strategic European Expertise Network (SEEN). These independent firms rank are among the top in their respective countries – not in size, but in quality and in service. We exchange knowledge with each other via knowledge clusters in which we discuss interesting engineering developments and make them available for the members’ domestic markets. The firms also jointly develop new products and services and cooperate with each other in various projects in Eastern Europe, Africa and China.
At Witteveen+Bos we attach great importance to cooperation, both internally via our integral approach to projects and externally by joining forces with like-minded firms. For our clients this has the advantage that we are able to bundle knowledge from within and outside our organisation. We select our strategic alliances based on market demand, expertise, a specific project or special knowledge of a particular region.
Tunnel Engineering Consultants
Cooperation in the field of tunnels with DHV and Royal Haskoning.
Cooperation in the field of railway infrastructure with Royal Haskoning and Deutsche Bahn.
Cooperation in the field of water (internationally) with Evides and Royal Haskoning.
Cooperation with Royal Haskoning for development of the North/South metro line in Amsterdam.
Strategic European Expertise Network (SEEN)
Cooperation in all specialisations with NIRAS, Artelia (formerly Sogreah) and Tyréns.
In addition to the collaborations mentioned above, Witteveen+Bos has cooperation agreements in the fields of:
- spatial development with RBOI
- international projects with NEDECO
- Caribbean projects with Civil Engineering Caribbean
- air calculations with FlowMotion
- external safety with AVIV
It was in 1946 that Prof. G.S. Bos (1908-2004) and engineer W.G. Witteveen (1891-1979) established an engineering and consultancy firm called 'Stedebouwkundig advies- en ingenieursbureau Witteveen en Bos c.i.' to work on urban planning.
From 1924 to 1945, Witteveen had worked in Rotterdam at different times as Head of Urban Expansion and Buildings, City Architect, Director of Urban Development, Director of the Municipal Engineering Department and Director of the Rotterdam City Planning Advisory Office.
After qualifying as a civil engineer at the Delft University of Technology, Bos spent four years working at the Amsterdam Public Works Department and six years at the municipality of Enschede. He produced a plan for Enschede’s sewer system and what at the time was the largest sewage treatment works in the Netherlands.
The two men met each other by chance and the chemistry between them clicked from the start. One day someone advised Witteveen to meet with Bos, who was at that time attempting to start his own engineering firm. Bos always called it an incredible story: 'Half a day after this advice there was a meeting between the famous urban planner and a completely unknown civil engineer 17 years his younger. After talking after lunch for less than an hour, the decision was taken to enter into a partnership to establish an engineering firm for urban development and public works'.
The partnership contract was penned on just one sheet of A4 paper and survived until 1 January 1958 when Witteveen retired. Their successful association was built upon trust and reliability.
Witteveen+Bos is now one of the leading engineering firms in the Netherlands with a workforce of more than 900. Witteveen+Bos is ready for the future and remains staunchly dedicated to its critical quality attributes: friendly, expert, reliable and innovative. These are precisely the attributes that our founders cherished.
Witteveen+Bos has a unique shareholder system. Our shareholders are our employees, either as an associate, partner or senior partner.
The associates – 469 employees – hold 13,5 % of the company’s shares. The 79 partners hold 23 % of the shares. Partner shareholding is exclusively at the invitation of the Board of Directors. There are 20 senior partners who together hold 63,5 % of the shares. The General Meeting of Shareholders appoints senior partners.
Witteveen+Bos has a transparent organisational structure.
From our head office in Deventer and seven branch offices in the Netherlands, we are always able to operate near our clients. We maintain international offices at the heart of our working areas.
Our employees are grouped according to product-market combinations (PMCs). Each PMC is dedicated to its own particular products in a certain market segment. Close collaboration between the PMCs assures an integral approach to projects.
The PMCs are clustered into seven sectors. The sectors are supported by the Finance and Accounting department, Personnel and Organisation department, Legal Affairs department, Quality Affairs department and General Affairs department. All of these departments are based in Deventer.