Hyder Consulting

Hyder Consulting is an international advisory and design consultancy with particular specialisation in infrastructure, property and environmental solutions. With over 4,000 people across the UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, we offer clients the benefit of global expertise coupled with local knowledge. Environmental capability includes contaminated land, environmental audits and impact assessments, environmental management, pollution control, renewable energy, acoustics, hydrogeology, and river, estuarine and coastal solutions.

Company details

29 Bressenden Place , London , SW1E 5DZ United Kingdom

Locations Served

Business Type:
Consulting firm
Industry Type:
Environmental - Environmental Management
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
Over 1000
100,000,000 - 1,000,000,000 €

Hyder Consulting is a multi-national advisory and design consultancy. We have been in operation for over 150 years, working on some of the world's most iconic landmarks and infrastructure including the world’s tallest building in Dubai - Burj Khalifa, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Tower Bridge in London, the new Berlin airport and the Taiwan High Speed Railway.

Our international pedigree is further highlighted by our long-standing presence in our regions: we have been in business for over 150 years in Europe, 100 years in East Asia, 70 years in Australia and 45 years in the Middle East. We have built on this diversity and today 72% of our revenue comes from outside UK.

We employ around 4000 people and apply our global expertise coupled with local knowledge to create award winning solutions for the property, transport, utilities and environmental sectors.

Our vision is where we want to be and our shared values highlight the key attributes and behaviours we seek to display in working with colleagues and clients.

Our vision:
Our vision is to be the next evolution in design and engineering consultancy

Our values:

  • Client Focus - we differentiate through our tailored skills and depth of client understanding
  • Excellence - we strive for excellence, recognising that excellence is defined by our clients
  • Trust - we build and retain relationships of trust with our clients, colleagues and business partners
  • Teamwork - we work together as a team for the Group not just the individual
  • Responsibility - we take responsibility for our performance and for safety
  • People - we create the environment for people to realise their potential

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is fundamental to Hyder, pervading everything we do. By taking responsibility for the effect our work has on our clients, people, suppliers, partners, investors and communities - as well as the environment - we seek to improve the quality of life for society at large.

No part of Hyder’s business is untouched by this commitment. CSR best practice and sustainability are guiding principles which we are committed to implementing throughout all our operations.

Our objectives for 2013 -14 include:

Donating to and supporting our charities:

  • We will support seven regional charities through donations totaling £33,000, as well as provide our people’s skills and expertise to assist with their projects.
  • We will continue to support The Philippine Community Fund’s Tondo School by donating £25,000 towards the sponsorship of a class, as well as other related projects.
  • We aim to to enhance our people’s engagement with charities through direct involvement with a minimum of one hour per person working directly with charities.
  • We aim to generate and implement additional ideas to support the charities and partners via our CSR forum and the knowledge transfer hub.

In maintaining and sharing CSR best practice, we are committed to:

  • To implement an annual feedback survey in order to highlight opportunities for knowledge-sharing and improvements.
  • To encourage knowledge-sharing with our charity partners and stakeholders utilising the Knowledge Transfer Hub and Hyder Heartbeat.
  • To increase awareness of reducing child labour by continuing to offer partners and clients the opportunity to learn about and donate to the Tondo School charity.
  • We will continue to monitor Hyder’s policies relating to age, sexual orientation and religion. Executive Board member, Misti Melville, will be responsible for this activity. Continually innovate and deliver sustainable designs.
  • Undertake CSR Index benchmarking by completing an industry standard report.
  • Comply with industry sustainability standards in Hyder’s CSR reporting through the Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI).

We are also determined to improve our environmental performance by:

  • Continuing to reduce our carbon footprint through our ‘carbon profile’ for the Hyder vehicle fleet in each region, with the improvements being phased in as leases are renewed.
  • Empowering staff to suggest, support and implement (where appropriate) sustainable practices across all our office locations.
  • Continuously reviewing and embedding improvement through practices and supporting policies.

Finally, training and awareness campaigns will reinforce our CSR commitments by:

  • Encouraging knowledge-sharing with our charity partners and stakeholders utilising the Knowledge Transfer Hub and Hyder Heartbeat.
  • Increasing awareness of reducing child labour by continuing to offer partners and clients the opportunity to learn about and donate to the Tondo School charity.

Hyder is committed to providing the highest levels of health and safety for all employees, clients and stakeholders throughout all our regions.

Every employee is inducted into our health and safety management system, where they take responsibility for their own and their colleagues’ safety.

We comply with the various legal obligations for site health and safety standards across our regions and take measures to exceed local standards where appropriate.

Each regional managing director has a designated director who has special responsibility for health and safety; reporting to these directors are health and safety advisors who provide professional advice and ensure we meet all of our local obligations.

The regional advisors also develop and implement programmes to ensure we not only maintain our high levels of performance, but continually improve how we approach health and safety issues.

Hyder Consulting has a long and distinguished pedigree delivering global innovation and excellence in advice, design and engineering for over two centuries.
Our established history and corporate growth have enabled us to develop exceptional knowledge and expertise as well as global reach. We harness these attributes to create exceptional solutions for our clients.
During the 19th and 20th centuries, Freeman Fox and Partners and John Taylor & Sons built international reputations in the respective disciplines of bridges and highways and water and wastewater. Collectively, they were responsible for the design of projects such as the Victoria Falls Bridge, Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Humber Bridge, the Severn Bridge, the Shanghai water supply project and major water and sewerage projects in Leningrad (now St Petersburg) and Tehran.
The two firms merged in 1988 to form Acer Consultants. Over the next few years, the expertise of many other specialist firms was incorporated to form a major multi-national infrastructure consultancy.
Acer Consultants was acquired by Welsh Water in 1993 and renamed Hyder Consulting in 1996. Over the following years, Hyder Consulting spearheaded Hyder plc's move into providing total infrastructure solutions including advice, finance, design and operation.
When Hyder plc was bought by Western Power Distribution, the senior management of Hyder Consulting took the opportunity to acquire the business in a management buy-out, which was completed in January 2001. The company listed on the London Stock Exchange in October 2002.
The reputation for delivering 'landmark' projects, developed from the company's early origins, has continued throughout the years. More recent examples include the Melbourne City Link, the Emirates Twin Towers in Dubai, the world’s tallest building, The Burj Khalifa and the Cairo Wastewater Project.