• Who we are

Our History

Arcadis has a long and rich history, tracing its roots back to the Association for Wasteland Redevelopment in the Netherlands in 1888, whilst Hyder Consulting, which Arcadis acquired in 2014, can trace its history back to 1875. From this strong Dutch heritage, Arcadis has grown organically and through acquisition to be one of the leading global natural and built asset design & consultancy firms.

Company history 

1875    Hyder Consulting founded

1888    Arcadis founded in the Netherlands as the Association for Wasteland Redevelopment, promoting agricultural development of Dutch heather lands

1925    Ventures into rural development 

1959    Began export of water and infrastructure services to developing countries

1960    Branched into urban development

1982    Association (KNHM) and company (Heidemij) are separated

1990    Start of European expansion strategy

1993    Merger with Geraghty & Miller brings US expansion and listing on NASDAQ

1995    Listed on Amsterdam Stock Exchange (now NYSE Euronext)

1997    Heidemij is renamed Arcadis

1999    Enters Brazilian market through acquisition of Logos

2007    Acquisition of RTKL brings high-quality architectural design in US, UK and Asia

2009    Acquisition of Malcolm Pirnie creates leading global position in water 

2011    Merger with EC Harris brings stronger position in UK and growth in Middle East and Asia

2012    Merger with Langdon & Seah creates leading position in cost and project management in Asia

2014    Acquisition of Hyder Consulting and of Callison brings further strength to engineering and architecture

Our name
The name Arcadis is derived from Arcadia, which, according to Greek mythology, is the finest place on earth to live. It represents our aim to work systematically with clients to create a better environment where people can live, work and thrive.

Our symbol - the salamander
Combined with our name is the symbol of the fire salamander. Equally at home on land and in the water, the salamander represents lasting quality and ecological balance in the environment.