Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald
Mott MacDonald Limited
Type Private
Industry Multidisciplinary consultancy
Founded 1902 (1902) (as Mott & Hay)
Headquarters Croydon, Surrey, United Kingdom
Offices worldwide.
Key people Keith Howells, Chairman
Richard Willaims, Group Managing Director
Revenue £1,016 million (2009)[1]
Employees 14,500 (2009)
Website Mott MacDonald Group website

The Mott MacDonald Group is an employee-owned company management, engineering and development consultancy serving the public and private sectors world-wide. The firm employs more than 14,000 staff and works in 140 countries.



The firm was created in 1989 through the merger of Mott, Hay and Anderson, a transportation engineering consultancy, and Sir M MacDonald & Partners, a water engineering consultancy.[2]

Mott, Hay & Anderson

On 30th July 1902 Basil Mott and David Hay entered into partnership under the name Mott & Hay. Both engineers had worked together since 1888 on the City and South London Railway under Sir Benjamin Baker and JH Greathead. They were joined by Sir David Anderson in 1920.

Mott, Hay & Anderson's traditions owe much to its founder's two mentors. Greathead is renowned as the foremost soft ground tunneller of the time, while Baker is remembered particularly for London's District Railway, the Forth Railway Bridge and the Aswan Dam which, in one of those extraordinary coincidences of history, was heightened between 1926 and 1933 by Sir M MacDonald & Partners.

Sir M MacDonald & Partners

The existence of Sir M MacDonald & Partners directly relates to affairs in Egypt from 1890 to 1930 and in particular to the Aswan Dam. The greatest achievements of this period included the construction and first heightening of the Aswan Dam which opened on 15th May 1921. Sir Murdoch MacDonald in his capacity as the Advisor, Ministry of Public Works, was closely associated with the development and first heightening of the Aswan scheme which marked the start of a long association with hydro electric power development. Sir Murdoch retired from the Egyptian Government Service in June 1921 and returned to Britain where aged 55 years, he immediately entered into partnership with Archibald MacCorquodale.

PH East (who had also been an engineer in the Egyptian Government Service from 1907 to 1926) and OL Prowde joined Sir Murdoch MacDonald in a partnership in January 1927, marking the start of a new era. The name of the company was changed to Sir M Macdonald & Partners and major new work started including the second heightening of the Aswan Dam, which continued through the design and construction stages to 1933.


The firm has expanded over the years through the acquisition of Husband and Company, Ewbank Preece (power & telecommunications specialists) in 1994, Cambridge Education Associates (education consultants) in 2000, Dalal Consultants (an Indian-based firm) in 2001, Franklin + Andrews (cost consultants) in 2002 and HLSP (a health practice) in 2003.[2]

In 2010, Mott MacDonald acquired the Australian consulting engineers firm, Hughes Trueman.


Today Mott MacDonald has over 14,000 staff located in 150 offices, working on projects in over 140 countries.[3] Mott MacDonald is engaged in public and private sector development across a wide range of markets, including:

  • Buildings
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Industry
  • Oil and gas
  • Power
  • Transport
  • Urban development
  • Water


The Liverpool Entrance of the Queensway Tunnel

Some of the Group’s historical projects include:

Construction of the new Wembley, looking east, taken January 2006

Other key projects include:

Notable projects:

  • The bridge constructed for the 1957 film The Bridge on the River Kwai was designed by Husband and Company. Apocryphally, this bridge was so well designed that it failed to collapse for the first take when blown up at the climax of the film.

Latest awards

Highlights of Mott MacDonald's recent award successes:

  • Our People and Projects won a total of 120 Awards Internationally in 2010[4]
  • The Sunday Times Top 20 Best Big Companies survey 2009 – Mott MacDonald is the 5th Best Big Company to Work For[5]
  • Winner of the NCE/ACE International Consultant Award 2009[6]
  • UK's Sunday Times Top 20 Best Big Companies 2008 – Mott MacDonald was ranked as the 8th Best Big Company to Work For[7]
  • Building Awards - Project of the Year 2008[8]
  • Public Private Finance Awards 2008 – Best Technical Advisor[9]
  • NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year Awards 2008 - International Consultant of the Year 2008[10]
  • British Expertise Awards 2007 - Major Consultancy Firm of the Year[11]
  • Builder and Engineer Awards 2007 - Sports and Leisure Project of the Year[12]
  • Green Construction Awards 2007 - Green Major Project of the Year[13]
  • The Sunday Times KPMG Top Track 100 – Mott MacDonald was ranked 61st place in the Top Track 100, Britain’s 100 biggest private companies recorded for 2007[14]
  • UK's Sunday Times Top 20 Best Big Companies 2007 – Mott MacDonald was ranked as the 11th Best Big Company to Work For[15]
  • Public Private Finance Awards 2007 – Best Technical Advisor[16]
  • 2007 BE Awards of Excellence – Awarded for Civil Engineering Visualization and Simulation[17]


Further reading

  • Newman Neame Ltd. (1965), Mott, Hay & Anderson, Consulting Civil Engineers
  • Mott MacDonald (2002), One hundred years of transportation

External links

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