RSK snaps up Central Alliance

Cheshire-based environmental and engineering consultancy RSK Group has acquired Central Alliance Pre Construction Services, a pre-construction services company headquartered in Wakefield.

Central Alliance provides ground investigation, geo-construction, training, technology and survey services to the UK construction, defence, rail, utilities and transport sectors. It has work with high-profile clients, including Highways England and Network Rail.

The company's projects have included the Transpennine East and West rail schemes, A1 road widening schemes, saturated ground analysis for the M1 motorway, ground investigation on the A47, mobile mapping of the Sheffield Innovation Corridor, 3D laser scanning of UK canal locks and of National Grid electrical substations, and utility surveys for Sainsbury’s supermarket car park projects nationwide.

The deal is the latest in a series of acquisitions by RSK, which is based in Helsby. It follows the purchase of CJ Associates and Up and Under Group, as well as the merger with RSKW, in January, and the acquisition of acoustics, noise and vibration consultancy Cole Jarman and site investigation services business Ian Farmer Associates in November 2017.

Permira Debt Managers has backed RSK in making the acquisitions and the merger as part of a £140m funding package agreed in 2017 that will include about ten acquisitions for the group.

Dr Alan Ryder, chief executive at RSK, said: "I am delighted that RSK has been able to acquire Central Alliance. It is a great business with great people and great clients. Our plan is to invest in the company and to help it grow.

"I am delighted to welcome the 80 staff at Central Alliance and look forward to supporting their clients on all manner of interesting projects."

Richard Pidcock, joint managing director of Central Alliance, added: "I am looking forward to the opportunities we can unlock as part of the RSK group. They will ensure that Central Alliance can build on its great reputation for delivery and develop its innovations such as industry-leading satellite-based technology. We have a great team at Central Alliance and we all look forward to being part of the RSK family."

The acquisition of Central Alliance brings RSK’s headcount to more than 2,100 in 83 offices worldwide. The Central Alliance business will continue to operate under its existing brand. Richard Pidcock and Craig White will be the joint managing directors, and Jason Marbeck will join the board as the commercial director