Maunsell is seeking more staff as new projects come on line in the region and the Middle East HONG KONG'S LARGEST civil engineering consultancy, Maunsell AECOM, is seeking to significantly boost its 2,000-strong workforce after winning prestigious new engineering projects in Hong Kong, Macau and the mainland. The local arm of the giant global AECOM Group, recognised as a world leader in transportation, facilities and environmental engineering solutions, is aiming to immediately recruit 40 to 50 more engineering and construction professionals in Hong Kong, and a further 40 to 50 for its Shenzhen office. Openings are across the civil engineering and building spectrum, from engineering specialists and road and bridge designers to project managers, construction managers and contract experts. In Hong Kong, the consultants have been involved in virtually every mega-project over the past few decades, and are again at the fore with the government's newly revived infrastructure programme. Most recently, Maunsell AECOM was appointed lead consultant for the HK$5.5 billion redevelopment of Ocean Park, along with a Highways Department contract worth HK$2.8 billion to rebuild the 15.5km Tuen Mun-Tsuen Wan road. It is also involved in HATS, the ongoing harbour area treatment scheme, and Stonecutters Bridge, a single- span, cable-stayed bridge due to open in 2008, straddling the Rambler Channel. It will have a span of 1,018 metres. The firm is also involved in the Jiangsu Sutong Bridge close to the mouth of the Yellow Sea, which will surpass Stonecutters Bridge by 70 metres. Among other mainland projects are Shanghai's 9km Chongming South Channel Tunnel, which will be the world's longest underwater bored tunnel, as well as two major commercial and residential developments in the city and a number of Shangri-La hotel projects across China. On top of all this are new casino and hotel projects in Macau, including the new Lisboa and Crowne Plaza hotels, as well as a themed retail, entertainment and casino complex called Ponte 16, part of the 'old harbour' redevelopment. The recruitment drive is primarily to serve these mainland and Macau projects, so recruits are unlikely to be based in Hong Kong, according to Tony C.K. Shum, chief executive of Maunsell AECOM. Chief operating officer Dickson Lo said: 'For this reason we are looking for experienced people with international exposure who understand the ways of working overseas and can easily adapt to other cultures.' Overseas opportunities with Maunsell AECOM are not only restricted to Macau and the mainland. One of its biggest projects is the 'Great Arabian Water City' of marinas and canals on the shore of Abu Dhabi. It involves construction of 50 bridges and is due for completion in about three years. Mr Shum predicts 'a lot more opportunities' for future projects in the Middle East, especially Abu Dhabi, where the firm has already worked on the 70-storey Park Plaza. The Hong Kong subsidiary also assigns professionals to work for sister AECOM companies, which have about 4,000 staff stationed in the Middle East from a global workforce of 25,000. Several new rail and port projects coming up are likely to boost staff requirements even further. Projects in hand Hong Kong's largest civil engineering consultancy, Maunsell AECOM, seeks to significantly boost its 2,000-strong workforce Recruiting for prestigious new engineering projects in Hong Kong, Macau and China Immediately seeks 40-50 engineering and construction professionals in Hong Kong, and another 40-50 for its Shenzhen office. Openings are across the civil engineering and building spectrum - from engineering specialists and road and bridge designers to project managers, construction managers and contract experts. New Maunsell AECOM projects include the HK$5.5 billion Ocean Park redevelopment and rebuilding the 15.5km Tuen Mun-Tsuen Wan road. Also involved in HATS, harbour treatment, Stonecutters Bridge, Jiangsu Sutong Bridge, Shanghai's 9km Chongming South Channel Tunnel, plus commercial, residential and hotel projects in China and Macau, and contracts in the Middle East.