1991: Joint forces – the merger of Rambøll & Hannemann and B. Højlund Rasmussen
At the time, there was one dominant engineering consultancy company in Denmark: COWI. This resulted in COWI winning many of the large public tenders, which often left supporting roles to Rambøll & Hannemann and the other smaller companies.
But in 1991, Rambøll & Hannemann merged with B. Højlund Rasmussen – one of Denmark’s most esteemed engineering consultancies with 200 employees. The founders of the two companies shared a common background from the Danish Technical University and they had been friends for many years. The two companies also had previous experience with collaborating as they worked closely together on the final Great Belt bridge project.
B. Højlund Rasmussen also held a doctorate in engineering and his company was acknowledged for expertise in subsidiary bridges, motorways and tunnels. By combining the strengths from both companies, the new Rambøll, Hannemann & Højlund became a strong player on the national engineering consultancy market. And as it grew strong in the Danish market, it established a strong platform for further development and the management began to look outwards to internationalisation opportunities.