Langdon & Seah is an international construction consultancy firm in Asia operating independently in 13 countries from 39 offices and a staff resources of nearly 3,000.

Langdon & Seah
Company typeLimited Liability Partnership
IndustryConstruction, Civil engineering
Key people
Kenneth Poon, CEO
ProductsCost management; project and program management; and specialist consulting services
Number of employees

History edit

The firm has its roots traced to the quantity surveying practice in the United Kingdom of "Horace W Langdon & Every", founded in 1919, which had bought the Singaporean firm of "Waters & Watson" to form "Horace W Langdon & Every incorporating Waters & Watson" in 1946.[1] "Waters & Watson" itself was established in 1933 but ceased operations when Japan invaded Singapore in 1942. Following the Japanese surrender in 1945, original partner Eric Watson restarted "Waters & Watson" in early 1946, roping in young quantity surveyor Seah Mong Hee - joining "Waters & Watson" in 1936 - who helped maintained the office in the months prior to the Japanese invasion. The practice soon flourish and branch offices were soon established in Kuala Lumpur (1947) and Hong Kong (1949) [1] encouraged by extensive post-war reconstruction work in the region.

Also in 1949, Seah Mong Hee – who had operated the office during the war – was made a Partner. The firm underwent further name changes to reflect changes in status, becoming "Langdon & Every (Far East)" in 1954. By 1967, the words "Far East" were dropped to reflect the firm's expansion beyond the region and the practice later became "Langdon Every & Seah" in 1969. In 1988, "Langdon & Every" in the United Kingdom and the Gulf countries amalgamated with "Davis, Belfield & Everest" (a firm formed in 1931 by Owen Davis joined in 1935 by John Belfield and in 1944 by Bobbie Everest) to become "Davis Langdon & Everest". Following the swapping of shares, "Langdon, Every & Seah" thus became “Davis Langdon & Seah” in 1990.

In April 2012, the group was acquired by Arcadis, an international consultancy, design, engineering and management services company.[2]

On May 18, 2012, Davis Langdon & Seah officially changed its name to "Langdon & Seah".[3]

For more details, kindly refer to Quantifying Asia (compiled by John Peacock)

Services edit

The group offers consultancy services including the core services of cost management and quantity surveying, cost engineering, legal support, project management and monitoring, management consultancy, due diligence, research studies, insurance valuations, sustainable construction and capital tax allowances.

The group’s work in the construction sector ranges from infrastructure works, retail, residential, industrial and commercial, as well as work in the oil and gas industry specifically by branch at Brunei.

List of notable projects edit

The firm has worked on the following high-profile projects:

References edit

  1. ^ a b "history". Langdon & Seah. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Arcadis acquires Asia's Davis Langdon & Seah". The Construction Index. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Arcadis Announces Name Change for Davis Langdon & Seah". Reuters. 18 May 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-05-18. Retrieved 29 January 2013.

Further reading edit

  • Meikle, Jim, Thinking Big: The History of Davis Langdon, Black Dog Publishing, 2009 ISBN 978-1-906155-71-1

External links edit