Our rich history dates back to colonial New Zealand, when the Public Works Department was opening up the country's notoriously difficult terrain through the combination of national road and rail networks.
This pioneering and ambitious spirit helped to shape what we were to become. We have since evolved from a handful of engineers in New Zealand to a global network of more than 3,000 designers, architects, planners and engineers working across Australasia, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.
Today, we are a trusted partner in the creation of sustainable communities, facilities and environments through world leading social and fixed infrastructure. We are proud to be part of the communities we work within and we care about the quality of the work we deliver.
Over the years we have worked under several monikers. In 1988 the Ministry of Works and Development became a state owned enterprise, Works and Development Services Corporation NZ Limited, and we were its consultancy division. In 1996 Works Consultancy Services was sold to Kinta Kellas of Malaysia, and the following year the company rebranded to Opus International Consultants Limited (Opus).
Focusing globally over many years in more than 37 countries. We built our international team through a series of acquisitions, establishing a strong presence in regions with high demand for our expertise. We have 86 offices in New Zealand, Australia, the UK across Canada and the US. In 2017 Opus were pleased to confirm that our global company is now part of WSP. WSP is a leading global professional services firm headquartered in Canada, recognised by Engineering News-Record as the top international design firm. Our newly-combined company operates in a total of 40 countries with a 42,000-strong workforce. Giving our clients unprecedented access to leading expertise across water, buildings, transport and asset management on a global scale.
WSP-Opus work in partnership with Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) preserving and administering historical Aerial Photography archives from films which date back to 1936. The collection is New Zealand's largest and most comprehensive aerial photographic archive. The archive is housed on-site at WSP-Opus, Napier and is seen as complimentary to WSP-Opus' already extensive historical infrastructure records.