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Company overview

HR Wallingford is an independent civil engineering and environmental hydraulics organisation.

We deliver practical solutions to the complex water-related challenges faced by our international clients. With a 70 year track record of achievement, our unique mix of know-how, assets and facilities includes state of the art physical modelling laboratories, a full range of numerical modelling tools and, above all, enthusiastic people with world-renowned skills and expertise.

Based in the UK, HR Wallingford has a reputation for excellence and innovation, which we sustain by re-investing profits from our operations into programmes of strategic research and development.

HR Wallingford reaches clients and partners globally through a network of offices, agents and alliances around the world.

Company members

HR Wallingford has Scientific Research Association status. We are a company limited by guarantee, and rather than having shareholders we have a panel of Company Members (who belong to the organisations listed below) who support and guide our activities, helping to maintain our position as a centre of excellence. Members come from UK-based organisations, government departments and agencies related to our industry. They act as guarantors (with a maximum liability of £10), participate in our AGM, the election of Directors and other events.

A brief timeline

2014
Opening of HR Wallingford's new unique marine modelling facilities: UK Ship Simulation Centre and the Fast Flow Facility

2010
HR Wallingford acquires SeaZone Solutions Ltd.

2007
HR Wallingford acquires Dredging Research Ltd (DRL).

1991
Change of name to HR Wallingford Limited.

1983
Change of name Hydraulics Research Limited (HRS).

1982
Privatisation to create Hydraulics Research Station Limited, a company limited by guarantee.

1951
The Hydraulics Research Station is established in Wallingford.

1947
Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) Hydraulic Research Organisation formed in London.

1945
The Institution of Civil Engineers submitted a proposal to the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research on the need for a hydraulics research station in the UK.

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