Crossing the Atlantic

In December 2014, Ramboll announced the acquisition of the US-based global consultancy, ENVIRON, adding more than 1,500 environmental and health science specialists in 23 countries, with 800 of those in the US.  

The acquisition propelled Ramboll into the global elite within environmental services, moving the company into the global Top 10 environmental consultancies, and representing a major step in becoming truly global.  

From the beginning of this decade, Ramboll has actively sought to broaden the company’s competencies and geographical spread. 2014 saw this objective become a reality with a total of 2,168 new colleagues joining the company globally - meaning that as of 1 January 2015 Ramboll had more than 12,300 employees. 

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Back then, Ramboll CEO, Jens-Peter Saul explained: “Strengthening our portfolio within environmental services and expanding into new attractive regions, specifically North America, has been a strategic priority for us since 2012. The acquisition of ENVIRON is an important milestone in fulfilling this ambition. We are creating a fantastic platform for future growth and Ramboll is moving closer to becoming a truly global consultancy.” 

The ENVIRON acquisition, which became effective from 1 January 2015, was a big boost to Ramboll’s American presence, but it didn’t stop there. In December 2018, the company announced another major US-based acquisition when 900 US-based experts from OBG joined Ramboll. 

With the new acquisition doubling its size in the US, Ramboll established a new Principal Business Unit for the Americas covering the US, Canada, Mexico and Brazil with services in water, energy, environment and health. And in 2019, the Americas became Ramboll’s largest geography in terms of revenue. 



Bringing nature back 

In April 2019, the Jurong Lakeside Gardens in Singapore was opened to the public. The Gardens offers a unique recreational experience and is a perfect example of a sustainable vision brought to life. Ramboll has undertaken the design in close collaboration with the client, and the project has been very well received by the public. 

Once a mangrove swamp. Then urban decay. Now the Jurong region, in the South-Western part of Singapore, is being developed into a unique destination for business and leisure called the Jurong Lake District. The Jurong Lakeside Gardens, as the main recreational area, is the first phase of in the redevelopment of this new district.  

The vision of the Jurong Lakeside Gardens is to use existing lost landscape elements and to transform them into sustainable features by rebuilding and creating disappearing habitats include grasslands, islands, riverine forest and freshwater swamp.

To reuse all fallen trees in the development, by repurposing them into landscape features such as bird hides and bird platforms, site furnishing like habitat logs, pathway kerbs, or nature trail features, which all is in line with Ramboll’s ambition to help drive a sustainable transition towards a more resource-efficient future.  

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The garden aims to restore the landscape heritage, which acts as a canvas for people, animals and plants to co-exist, interact and bring mutual benefits. Now, this vision has become a reality and the garden literally offers something to everyone. 

The Jurong Lakeside Gardens is just one example of how Ramboll is contributing to the sustainable development of societies. 75 years ago, we started with steel and concrete, but today as a multidisciplinary sustainable consultancy, Ramboll also has deep knowledge within water, environment, transport, architecture and landscaping. 

In 2013, Ramboll acquired Atelier Dreiseitl and thereby extended our climate adaption engineering with ground-breaking landscape architecture expertise. The result can be seen at Jurong Lakeside Gardens. In 2019, world-class architects Henning Larsen, also joined Ramboll. Their declared principle to not only look at individual buildings but also the wider context is demonstrated by projects such as Vejlands Quarter which merges traditional Danish urban and rural typologies to create a hybrid neighbourhood that balances city and nature. 

Such projects also contribute to liveability. The concept of liveability is often applied to entire cities, but for people to experience liveability in their daily lives, it also needs to take account of smaller scale physical spaces. For this reason, we see places as urban spaces, neighbourhoods, or even streets and buildings as well as the infrastructure that allows a liveable place to function. 

This in turn requires a broader view of what it takes to achieve liveability from long-term, holistic masterplans to infrastructure, architecture, digitalisation and social inclusion. At Ramboll, we call it “creating liveable places for people.”