Stantec acquiring Traffic Design Group to create major New Zealand transport consultancy


Global design and planning services company Stantec is strengthening its Australasian capabilities with the planned acquisition of the Traffic Design Group (TDG), a New Zealand-based transportation engineering consultancy.

Headquartered in Edmonton, Canada, Stantec has more than 22,000 employees worldwide, including more than 2,400 transportation practice staff, with more than 180 currently based across New Zealand and Australia. The transaction is expected to close April 1, and with the acquisition of TDG and its more than 80 team members, Stantec will create one of New Zealand’s largest transportation engineering practices.

Based in Wellington, TDG has offices located in markets throughout New Zealand, including Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson, and Christchurch. The company also has an office in Sydney, Australia.

TDG has more than 40 years of experience in traffic engineering, transportation planning, development assessment, pedestrian access and mobility, geometric design, master planning, and road safety.

The company’s project experience also spans large and small developments, in both the public and private sectors.

With a wide variety of clients in the private and government arenas, TDG’s notable projects include:

Design of the mile-long (1.6km) Little River Cycleway, which increased carriageway widths, separated cyclists and pedestrians, and added a new curb profile for pedestrians and cyclists between Christchurch city center and its southwestern suburbs;

Transportation consultant services for the award-winning conversion of the former Wigram Aerodrome into Wigram Skies’ new town center development, including masterplanning, transportation modeling and assessment, subdivision and town center design, and external intersection and road corridor design;

Consulting support for the rebuild of Dunedin City’s strategic four-stage transportation model to assess new transportation infrastructure, as well as changes to the public transportation system, cost and operations to the transportation network.

“The addition of TDG creates one of the largest transportation practices available to locally support communities in New Zealand and Australia,” explained Mark Bruzzone, Stantec’s Australia/New Zealand managing director. “TDG and its talented team members have a deeply respected local legacy and serve as a great complement to our existing teams.”

TDG’s managing director, Brett Harries, commented, “We see this development as a tremendous opportunity to continue our multi-decade legacy with a company that holds the same standards for excellence and dedication to the country’s infrastructure landscape. The joining of our companies will also provide unprecedented opportunities for our team members to work on projects located around the world, while maintaining our local footprint.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).