Water and environmental specialists Binnies launches Australian arm


Established name in the water and environmental sector, Binnies, sets up operations in Australia.

Environmental, engineering and technical services consultancy Binnies has taken another step towards reaching its international strategic growth ambitions by officially establishing Binnies Australia Pty Ltd, a significant milestone for Binnies and its parent company RSK Group.

Binnies, an established name in the water and environmental markets with a 100-year pedigree of providing innovative solutions to complex engineering and environmental needs, can now add Australia to its international business locations, which already include Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam and the Philippines.

In February 2023, Binnies UK managing director Scott Aitken, Binnies Singapore managing director William Yong and Binnies director of international and special projects Gary Laing met with clients, business partners and existing RSK business leaders in south-east Queensland, Sydney and Melbourne. The engagements started introducing Binnies into the Australian water and environmental markets and established a number of potential key business relationships and opportunities.

These meetings also helped Binnies to understand the challenges faced by Australian water utility companies. In particular, Binnies will be working in partnership with Pensar, the latest acquisition by RSK Group in Australia, on several design and build opportunities and growth partnering strategies, adding Binnies’ digital engineering, process technology, construction and commissioning capabilities to Pensar’s significant design and build capabilities and expertise in Australia.

Scott Aitken, Binnies UK managing director, commented: “We are delighted to add the Binnies brand and capabilities to the existing strong RSK companies established in the Australian market, with over 400 staff already in country.

“There are many common challenges faced by water utility companies, but we also recognise the unique nature of some of the challenges that Australian utilities face. We are excited to be able to offer our services and solutions that aim to help solve some of the huge challenges arising from population growth, climate change, asset resilience and meeting sustainability aims and objectives.”

The launch of the new company, Binnies Australia Pty Ltd, is being overseen by Gary Laing, Binnies’ director of international and special projects. Having identified a number of UK staff keen to relocate to Australia to share their knowledge and expertise, the company is also currently recruiting new staff to be based in the shared offices with other RSK Group companies, initially in Brisbane, south-east Queensland.

Gary Young, RSK Group divisional director, said: “It’s great to get the new venture off the ground. It is also exciting to be working so soon on live business opportunities to support Australian clients, as well as collaborating with several other RSK sister companies to share Binnies’ complementary expertise.”

Binnies is an RSK group company and was formerly part of Black & Veatch.