SI Partners advises Colin Buchanan & Partners on their merger with Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM).

06 July 2011
The Author
Nicole Revers

Colin Buchanan & Partners Ltd, a leading transport planning, planning, urban design and economics consultancy founded by Professor Sir Colin Buchanan in 1964,has merged with projects firm Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) to form a world leading transport planning consultancy with global reach and increased capacity and capability to service clients both in the UK and overseas. In the European and Chinese markets, the merged organisation will be known as SKM Colin Buchanan.

Our strategy continues to be driven by the evolving needs of our clients and their operations. Right now, our transport infrastructure clients are facing particular challenges and require trusted partners to bring deep insights and innovative solutions that meet their commercial needs across the entire life cycle of a project.

Paul Dougas, Chief Executive & Managing Director, SKM

The combination of Colin Buchanan and SKM’s transport planning practices will double our strategic capability in this space and create an impressive group of transport planning professionals offering great services and insights to public and private sector clients across a range of geographies.

Michael Shirley, General Manager, SKM

Andreas Markides will take a key role in the new operation, joining the board of SKM Europe.

SKM and Colin Buchanan already have experience through collaboration on a number of opportunities and we now look forward to providing that stronger, joint capability to all our clients.

Andreas Markides, Chairman, SKM Europe 

More about Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM):

Sinclair Knight Merz is a leading projects firm, with global capability in strategic consulting, engineering and project delivery. It operates in three regions: Asia Pacific, the Americas and EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa), deploying some 6,500 people from more than 40 offices while serving the Buildings and Infrastructure, Mining and Metals, Power and Energy and Water and Environment sectors. Formed in 1964 in Sydney as a private company, SKM has retained its independence through employee ownership, with fee income now greater than A$1 billion (£700 million). The firm continues to grow with its clients, and since 1996 has completed more than 60 mergers, acquisitions and outsourcings.

More about Colin Buchanan:

Colin Buchanan is a leading transport planning, planning and urban design and economics consultancy founded by Professor Sir Colin Buchanan in 1964. The firm has approximately 175 staff based in offices across the United Kingdom and an established presence in Shanghai, China. Colin Buchanan has provided advisory services to many notable transport infrastructure developments; most recently provide economics advice on London’s Cross Rail Project.


Note: Jacobs has now purchased SKM for approximately AUS$1.3 billion in cash (approximately US $1.2 billion) as of 12/12/2013 now both operating under Jacobs.

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