Two construction companies, a designer and a contractor with major footholds in South Africa, take somewhat different views of the country’s market prospects in these tougher economic times. Photo: Mott MacDonald Mott MacDonald, which designed the innovative roof of South Africa’s Mbombela soccer stadium, site of the World Cup in June, is bullish about regional growth. U.K.-based Mott MacDonald Group, London, accelerated its upward trajectory in South Africa last month by announcing its acquisition of the Johannesburg-based power-sector designer Merz and McLellan Pty. Ltd. The 45-person firm, with offices in South Africa and Botswana, has been a player in the
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.