BWB acquires DKS Consulting
NOTTINGHAM company BWB, the multi-disciplinary engineering and environmental consultancy, has bought DKS Consulting.
The deal is the latest move by BWB in what it describes as an ambitious growth plan that has seen it take on prestigious work and expand internationally through a joint venture in Australia.
Birmingham-based DKS is a mechanical and electrical engineering specialist.
Scobie Alvis, BWB's group director in charge of its buildings and built environment group (B&BE), said the deal would expand the firm's capabilities and bring on board respected industry expertise.
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DKS's founder David Stairmand becomes a director within the B&BE Group responsible for leading and developing BWB's sustainable building services capability.
Mr Alvis said: "BWB has a clear long-term strategy to grow the business and a key part of that is to extend our capabilities.
"We have strong relationships with a number of key clients and the capability to deliver complex major projects. Those clients are increasingly looking for us to provide them with a wide spectrum of engineering solutions, particularly in relation to energy efficiency and sustainable development.
"We have been looking to add specific building engineering skills, such as thermodynamic modelling and energy efficiency expertise, to our current services. DKS has built a great reputation for professional excellence in these fields in only a short period."
David Stairmand has worked on a number of high-profile projects, including the £560m Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. He formed DKS two years ago, quickly building up a strong portfolio in healthcare, education, commercial, retail, leisure and mixed use.
BWB has offices in London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester and Leeds that generate an annual turnover of £10.5m and employ about 150.
It delivers engineering services for the built environment, transportation and infrastructure and environmental sectors. Recently, it set up a joint venture collaboration with Intelara, an Australian consultant. BWB is involved in two projects in Sydney and Melbourne with prospects in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane.
Steve Wooler, managing director of BWB Consulting, added: "The acquisition of DKS is part of a wider expansion strategy which we're achieving through a mix of organic growth and moving into new markets.
"The strategy is already bearing fruit because we are using DKS's expertise for a major residential-led project on the Isle of Dogs, a stone's throw from Canary Wharf."