NEW YORK, N.Y., August 4, 2009 – Global construction consultancy Davis Langdon and strategic planning consultants DEGW have announced a merger today. The move comes as Davis Langdon continues to grow its global service offering and move further into strategic consultancy.
With the construction world focusing on gaining maximum value from existing assets, the combined forces of both firms will provide strategic solutions that use space more productively and enhance organizational performance.
DEGW is a global market leader in its field and is best known for its work consulting on high-performance workplaces for Fortune 500 companies. The firm works on behalf of clients to help them align their physical space with their organizational objectives, allowing them and their people to thrive. Their impressive client list includes the likes of Microsoft, Google, GSK, Pfizer, Cisco, Nokia, RBS, Deutsche Bank, BP, BBC, Accenture, WPP, Unilever, Phillips, Shell and Vodafone. The firm employs 145 people globally in a network of 12 offices in the U.K., mainland Europe, Asia, Australia and North America.
The combined office network of the two organizations will provide a strong presence in the United States and on mainland Europe. It will also further strengthen the office network of Davis Langdon and Seah International worldwide. On announcing the merger, Rob Smith, Chairman of Davis Langdon and Seah International, said, “The merger will add a fourth dimension to our offer in that we will now be able to measure, value and manage ‘place’ in addition to ‘cost,’ ‘quality’ and ‘time.’ In the current market, our clients are focusing on their costs – the biggest of which is usually their people and places. The coming together of the two firms will mean we are the construction consultant best placed to advise.”
On the benefits of the merger, Despina Katsikakis, Chairman of DEGW, commented: “For more than 35 years we have focused on managing change through the effective integration of people, process and place. The coming together with Davis Langdon enables us to measure the value of place in delivering business performance for our clients worldwide.”