Construction consultancy Soben expands into APAC; opens S’pore office

The UK-based construction consultancy Soben has expanded its global operations into Asia Pacific (APAC) with the launch of its Singapore office, supported by two new senior appointments. 

Andrew Murie will take the role of Soben APAC CEO, with Callum Agnew joining as director – mission critical. Soben’s new APAC team will be focusing on clients in various sectors including mission critical, data centre, infrastructure, life sciences and renewable energy.

Mr Murie brings over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, 20 at senior management level in both commercial and operational roles for organisations in the UK and Australia, including AMEC, Laing O’Rourke and most recently as business unit director at Altrad. His industry experience includes M&E, transport, infrastructure, oil & gas and nuclear.

Mr Agnew, formerly a director with Turner & Townsend, has over 13 years’ experience in construction consultancy managing high-level projects across locations in Australia, Indonesia and Singapore. His industry experience includes high-tech health, property, transport and oil & gas. He also specialises in data centres and mission critical projects.

Soben’s specialised construction solutions include cost management, estimating, commercial management, project controls and bills of quantities – all of which help industry-leading companies with cost and time-saving efficiencies whilst proactively managing and mitigating risk in their construction investments.

To date, Soben has completed commissions on high-profile projects such as Vauxhall’s One Nine Elms and Aykon Tower, Euston Station and High Speed 2, as well as with confidential clients on data centre projects in the UK, US, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain, Mexico and Chile.

Commenting on the launch of Soben’s APAC office, Mr Murie said, “I am extremely proud and excited to lead the Soben APAC business into 2022 and beyond in this next chapter of our journey. I am also privileged to be supported by some of the best talent in the region, who are an integral part of the Soben family.

“Our unique brand of service and delivery will refresh the market with something dynamically different. We will provide our clients, both existing and new, with a best-in-class offering, individually tailored to their specific requirements, and delivered by passionate professionals the Soben way.”

Soben founder and group CEO Scott Smyth added, “The launch of our APAC office in Singapore is the next phase of our global expansion plans for Soben, following on our move into North America in April of last year. I am delighted to have both Andrew Murie and Callum Agnew join the business at this time and am confident that they will ensure our success in this next stage of growth.

“Soben is a global business with a local presence that brings together industry experience and on-the-ground knowledge to ensure flexibility and attention to detail in every project we work on. 

“Expanding into APAC will allow us to further support current clients and build new relationships in a region that is experiencing high levels of growth, particularly in mission critical projects.”

In 2021, Soben began its global expansion with the launch of its North America office. The company has further plans for expansion, targeting 1,000 people globally by 2030 to support growth in current locations and expansion into additional territories.