We shape a vital living environment for 92 years
On Saturday, October 13, 1928 the Technisch Adviesbureau van de Unie van Waterschapsbonden (or Technical Consultancy of the Union of Water Boards in English) was founded in Haarlem (The Netherlands). TAUW was born. From that moment, we have embraced change. Water and soil, as sources of life, are the roots of our company. And now, 92 years later, we are still shaping a vital living environment where both human and natural capital can flourish.
TAUW has grown from a Dutch company with five (5) employees into an employee-owned company of more than 1.200 employees. As a leading European Environmental consultancy firm, we provide environmental engineering services, based on solid knowledge and experience, to both the public and private sector. This from a solid position in our six (6) European home-countries, but having impact all over the globe.
Water is our source
Our earliest assignments mainly dealt with water management. However, road construction and electrification were soon added to our portfolio. In the years that followed, we also started monitoring existing drainage installations and taking on various assignments for municipalities. And the work kept expanding. Post-war reconstruction led to growth, particularly in the construction of pumping stations.
In 1953, our development was temporarily halted by the devastating flood in the coastal areas of the Netherlands. However, as industrialisation continued to increase, so did the amount of wastewater. Therefore, in 1954, we established our first laboratory in The Hague. In the late 1960s Tauw expanded and added engineering consultancy to its portfolio focussing on construction, hydraulic engineering and environmental hygiene, on top of our existing services.
By the late 1980’s the Tauw company had grown from 5 employees to more than 125 and continued to grow rapidly, mainly due to a considerable number of acquisitions. Europe became our playground as we established branches in Germany, Belgium and France and later in Italy and Spain.
Over 90 years old...
In 2018, we proudly celebrated our 90th birthday. Today, Tauw is a proud employee-owned company that that relies on solid knowledge and experience. We are a leading European Environmental consultancy firm, providing environmental engineering and consulting services to both the public and private sector.