Waterman Group

Waterman Group

Waterman Group is a multidisciplinary consultancy providing sustainable solutions to meet the planning, engineering design and project delivery needs of the property, infrastructure, environment and energy markets worldwide. Founded in 1952 and listed on the London Stock Exchange since 1988, Waterman has grown into a major consultancy with offices throughout the UK, Australia, Ireland and Poland.

Company details

Versailles Court, 3 Paris Gardens , London , SE1 8ND SE1 8ND United Kingdom

Locations Served

Business Type:
Engineering service provider
Industry Type:
Environmental - Environmental Planning
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

Waterman Group plc is an international engineering and environmental consultancy providing multi-disciplinary services to the property, infrastructure, energy and environmental markets.

Founded in 1952 and listed on the London Stock Exchange since 1988, Waterman has grown into a leading UK consultancy with offices throughout the UK, Europe, CIS, Middle East, Asia Pacific and China.

Waterman works with government agencies, local authorities, government-regulated industries and private sector clients to provide innovative, sustainable and economic solutions across a wide spectrum of business activities. 

The firm has extensive experience in property and buildings, environmental consultancy, IT enabled services, ports and harbours, power and energy, rapid transit, roads, highways and rail infrastructure, urban and regional planning and water resources.

Award winning teams provide professional services throughout the complete life cycle of the asset starting from initial surveys and concept planning, through to design, delivery, project management, supervision and on-going maintenance.

The same underlying philosophy applies to all Waterman projects - to work closely with the client and other team members to develop the most creative, high quality engineering solution, on time and within the specified budget. The company’s commitment to understanding and meeting client needs has resulted in strong client relationships, generating high volumes of repeat business. 

Waterman is engaged on a diverse range of projects across all main market sectors ranging from urban regeneration to complex healthcare facilities; urban waterfronts to transportation hubs; mixed use development to signature educational buildings.

The patterns of boom and recession in the British economy and the post war history of commercial property developers have shaped the Waterman Group to a considerable degree. 

In 1952, when Harold Waterman founded the company, it offered consultancy in structural engineering pure and simple. His strategy was to enter into partnership with many of the UK’s local authorities and work with them to re-build towns and cities badly scarred by the effects of wartime bombing. His vision was enduring; by the 1990s, through a series of corporate acquisitions and organic growth, we had become one of the largest and most successful UK engineering consultancies - a position we still hold today.

HL Waterman and Partners gradually grew the business throughout the commercial property development boom of the 1950s and 60s. Strong and steady growth picked up real speed by the 70s and 80s that kept pace with the changes in British building development – we were involved in many of the large office buildings in the City and elsewhere in London. Much of this was achieved in concert with the major developer clients of the day.

In 1988, the Partnership became a public limited company and floated on the main stock exchange. Since flotation, the skills base of Waterman Group has been widened progressively to include a full range of engineering disciplines.

Our first international office was opened in Moscow in 1991 and we have since invested considerably in our international and Eastern European business.

By developing expertise in a range of engineering and engineering-related disciplines, by growing from within and by acquiring existing businesses that have a good fit with the original business, Waterman has become a true multi-disciplinary engineering organisation.

For fifty years, our engineers, the schemes they have engineered and the working practices they have helped to pioneer, have taken Waterman from very small beginnings on London’s fringes to an international presence.

Culture can be defined as the accepted behavioural standards that we want to encourage in our business at all levels. Having a good company culture has benefits for our company both internally by having common goals and alignment in decision making leading to increased efficiency and cohesion, and externally by providing a consistent experience for our clients.

In order that these benefits can be realised our culture needs to be defined and managed. Our culture can be managed by identifying core values which provide the tools to manage behaviours, and hence our culture.

The words below encapsulate how we want our culture to be. These are our values.

Client Focus
We recognise that our success is based on our strong relationships with our clients and we strive to provide economic, innovative and sustainable solutions which exceed our clients expectations.
We recognise our responsibility to the wider community, delivering sustainable solutions that anticipate the effects on our future generations.
Staff Care
We value and reward the contributions of all our staff by providing a safe, stimulating work environment. We are committed to staff development, encouraging all of our people to reach their potential.
Technical Excellence
We strive for our solutions to be provided in a highly professional manner in terms of delivery, reliability and value for money. Our staff take pride in their contribution.
We work with many partners to deliver solutions; we value their contributions and operate in a proactive and co-operative manner to achieve the optimum answers.
Corporate Development
We are committed to being an economically secure and dynamic business, which provides real growth in value to our shareholders, whilst maintaining highly professional and ethical standards at all levels.

Our Mission Statement:
'To develop innovative, economic and sustainable solutions that successfully meet the needs of our clients, whilst adding value and a better quality of life for all. In doing so, we aim to provide an exciting and rewarding work environment for our employees and a successful, dynamic Group, meeting the aspirations of all our stakeholders.'