Ramboll acquires environmental consultancy ENVIRON

19 December 2014 Consultancy.uk

Engineering consulting firm Ramboll has acquired environmental and health consultancy ENVIRON, a move that strengthens Ramboll’s global positioning and goal to expand into new regions. As a result of the acquisition, 1,500 ENVIRON employees will join the 11,000 existing professionals working at Ramboll, placing the firm in the elite of environmental consultancies.

ENVIRON is an in 1982 established environmental and health science consultancy that provides services such as site solutions, air quality management, due diligence, health sciences, environmental impact assessments and water services. The US-based consulting firm has 1,500 employees working from more than 90 offices in 21 countries around the world. The UK office, based in London, employs roughly 200 advisors.

Ramboll Group is a Danish engineering, design and consulting group that was founded in 1945. Since then, the firm has grown to an international corporation employing 11,000 specialists, from its 200 offices in 22 countries. The firm works across the several markets, including Buildings, Transport, Environment, Energy, Oil & Gas, and Management Consulting.

Ramboll acquires environmental consultancy ENVIRON

Thomas Vetrano, COO of ENVIRON, and Jens-Peter Saul, CEO of Ramboll, ratify the deal.

In line with its ambition to grow its footprint and to become truly global, Ramboll acquired ENVIRON, an acquisition that will position Ramboll among the top 10 leading environmental consultancies globally, with 2,700 experts working within environment, health and water worldwide and a total staff close to 12,500 employees in 35 countries. “Strengthening our portfolio within environmental services and expanding into new attractive regions, specifically North America, has been a strategic priority for us since 2012. The acquisition of ENVIRON is an important milestone in fulfilling this ambition. We are creating a fantastic platform for future growth and Ramboll moves a big step closer to becoming a truly global consultancy,” comments Jens-Peter Saul, CEO of Ramboll Group.

For ENVIRON, the acquisition also offers great opportunities, as Stephen Washburn, CEO of ENVIRON explains: “Joining forces with Ramboll puts us in an even stronger position to continue working on the most challenging environmental and human health problems, including the implications of global urbanisation, climate change and resource scarcity. The environmental and human health challenges facing society have never been greater. Working together, Ramboll and ENVIRON are ideally positioned to help the global community and our clients in meeting these challenges.”


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SQW Group purchases property-based regeneration consultancy

19 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

UK consulting firm SQW Group has completed its first acquisition since it completed a management buyout in January 2019. BBP Regeneration joins the company having collaborated with SQW for more than 20 years.

Established in 1983, SQW Group now operates all over the world. Comprising SQW, Oxford Innovation, Oxford Innovation Services – one of the UK’s leading innovation centre operators – and Oxford Investment Opportunities Network, the organisation’s origins can be traced to Britain’s two ancient university cities: Oxford, through Oxford Trust founders, Martin and Audrey Wood, and Cambridge, through SQW’s work in producing The Cambridge Phenomenon.

The consultancy specialises in public policy, working with entities from the public, private and voluntary sectors to research, develop, implement and evaluate social and economic development interventions. It now employs over 250 people across regional offices in London, Oxford and Edinburgh, and provides business support to over 4,000 entrepreneurs and small businesses each year. At the start of 2019, SQW secured its independence in a management buyout, advised on by M&A experts from Liberty Corporate Finance and Penningtons Manches.

SQW Group purchases property-based regeneration consultancy

SQW has strengthened its position as a provider of services across the business spectrum with the acquisition of BBP Regeneration. Founded in 1994, the consulting firm specialises in land and property-based regeneration and growth schemes, and is a leading social and economic development consultancy. 

The two firms first worked together over 20 years ago, when SQW and BBP collaborated to develop the first Regional Economic Strategy for the South East. More recently, they developed an economic strategy for Thanet and are now working together in locations stretching from Cwmbran via Oxfordshire to London.

With the addition of BBP, SQW can now provide an integrated advisory service for organisations developing property schemes which deliver economic benefit to their local area. By joining SQW, meanwhile, BBP hopes to further enhance its ability to support clients in delivering property and place-making ambitions. 

Speaking about the deal, SQW CEO David Crichton-Miller commented, “The UK more than ever needs solutions to the challenges of places – of high streets under threat, of meeting housing delivery targets, and of both economically over-successful and economically challenged towns and cities – and the combination of SQW and BBP is uniquely suited to developing those solutions. [This deal] brings together critical and complementary services relating to places to serve our clients with leading edge and practical advice.”

Andy Smith, Director of BBP Regeneration, added, “SQW shares with BBP the same values of seeking to provide outstanding, practical, real world advice that helps get buildings built and places developed.  We greatly look forward to the opportunities that come from joining our two organisations together.”