| Edward Charles Harris|
London, United Kingdom
| Limited Liability Partnership|
Consultancy, Real Estate
EC Harris is an international built asset consultancy firm headquartered in the United Kingdom. It is a key part of Arcadis NV, following the companies' merger in 2011.
EC Harris Wikipedia
Founded in 1911 by Edward Charles Harris, EC Harris began as a multi-industry consultancy business. By the 1950s the business was largely property-based, focusing on civil engineering and infrastructure development. It was in 1986 that the company started Europe's first facilities management consultancy services and in 1996 the business began to offer full life-cycle capital project and facilities consultancy. In 2003 EC Harris became a limited liability partnership (LLP). EC Harris merged with Arcadis NV on November 2, 2011 after a vote of EC Harris' 183 partners on October 31, 2011. This grew the work force EC Harris had access to over 21,000 professionals as a subsidiary of Arcadis. The merger led to an 84% boost in Arcadis' revenues in 2012.
60% of the company's revenues come from the UK. In 2007 however, the company began the process of opening new offices in Russia, Latvia, Croatia, Romania, and Turkey, expanding on a presence in eastern Europe they established in the mid-1990s. In the United Kingdom, EC Harris issues reports on the efficiency of space development for both private and public industries. In mid-2012 EC Harris warned that the Eurozone crisis would negatively impact the development of office space development in London throughout that decade. They were also a consultant for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The company employs the most Chartered Surveyors in the UK.
EC Harris has developed large-scale construction complexes in Qatar, Dubai, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, establishing a presence in the Middle East in the year 2000 after a five decade long absence from the region. They currently have 250 employees between their Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices, as well as offices in Doha, Qatar and Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Projects in the region include the Al Wahda Sports Club's Grand Millennium Al Wahda Hotel, Abu Dhabi's largest hotel complex. In 2007 the firm was awarded the management contract for over £19 billion in construction contracts by the government of Dubai and a £10 billion beach residential and commercial area construction contract by the government of Abu Dhabi. EC Harris issues investment reports on other regions of Asia as well for the wider Middle East and nations including China.