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RSK Group buys Building Sciences for carbon management business

21 January 2008

the acquisition of Building Services by RSK Group makes it one of the largest and most qualified providers of energy and emissions performance-related consultancy to the construction and property sectors

It is a deal that consolidates RSK’s position as both the UK’s largest privately owned environmental consultancy and the fastest growing company of its kind with 750 staff across 34 worldwide offices.
Last year six acquisitions helped fuel a 50% turnover and staff increase.

“It is great to be a part of the RSK Group,” said Building Sciences managing director Stuart Borland

“Increasingly, we are finding that our clients want to deal fewer consultancies, so this is a fantastic opportunity for us to develop. Building Sciences is the most credible company in what is a niche market and is sold on the quality of its name and services. The merger means we can reach a much larger client-base and augment existing RSK projects.”

Established in 1986, the 20-strong Oxfordshire-based business was one of the first in the UK to offer the construction industry – from designers and contractors to end-users – consultancy and testing advice related to the building fabric performance of heat, air, moisture and acoustics.

As the most pre-eminent company in its field, it has built up a client list that reads like a who’s who of UK developers and contractors, including major names such as British Land, Asda, HBG Construction and Bovis Lend Lease.

RSK’s acquisition appositely follows the Government's introduction of legislation requiring commercial and domestic dwellings to have energy performance certificates on 1 January and pre-empts its proposal to roll out the Code for Sustainable Homes environmental rating scheme to encompass all new homes in April.

RSK Group chairman Dr. Alan Ryder commented:

“This is a fantastic addition to the RSK Group; legislation and consumers are demanding greater efficiency in terms of building design and RSK and Building Sciences want to be at the forefront of making that a reality.”

Building Services will work closely with RSK’s dedicated Carbon Management company, RSK Carbon Management, which can now draw on a pool of 50 specialists to offer a “one-stop-shop” for low environmental impact developments at every stage of the project cycle.

Though only established last July, RSK Carbon Management is rapidly emerging as one of the most capable companies of its kind, offering specialist consultancy that incorporates such RSK services as Code for Sustainable Homes and Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) assessments, ecological surveys, remediation, environmental site management and sustainable drainage solutions.


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