Acquisition to lay foundations for the future of site investigations company

Caption: (L-R) Angus Allan, corporate finance partner, Clive Owen LLP; Ken Marsh; David Wilson, associate director, Corporate Finance at Clive Owen LLP; John Marsh; Craig Malarkey, partner, Tilly Bail

Acquisition to lay foundations for the future of site investigations company

RSK has acquired the business, operating assets and employees of Ian Farmer Associates, a site investigations company working throughout the UK.

The acquisition of the company will lay the foundations for future growth and promises to be beneficial to both RSK and Ian Farmer Associates.

All 108 staff of Ian Farmer Associates are being kept on and the business principals – Ken Marsh and John Marsh, who have more than 50 years combined experience across all sectors – will stay on to assist the integration.

Operating from eight sites across the UK, Ian Farmer Associates will become a key part of RSK’s Geosciences and Engineering division. Its name and brand will be retained as a wholly owned subsidiary of RSK.

The acquisition brings new services to add to RSK’s fast-growing environmental, engineering and technical support services business and expands its footprint.

John Marsh, a director of Ian Farmer Associates, said: “Joining forces with such a distinguished and compatible company as RSK makes for a very strong relationship that offers us the opportunity to provide our existing clients with new services and to expand our expertise and offerings across the RSK portfolio.”

Ian Farmer Associates has been carrying out ground investigations since 1985 and has built a strong client base of consulting engineers, builders, developers, architects, utilities, local authorities and government organisations.

With an annual turnover of £10m, its principal areas of work are in ground investigation covering geotechnical and geoenvironmental services, along with construction and built environment services.

Dr Alan Ryder, chief executive officer, RSK Group, said: “I am delighted to welcome Ian Farmer Associates to the RSK family. The company has extremely experienced and skilled professionals who share our common values.

“RSK and Ian Farmer Associates see the provision of the highest quality environmental services to enable excellent infrastructure projects of all kinds while, at the same time delivering the best solutions for our clients, as a top priority. These shared values will see both organisations strengthened and consequently many competitive advantages made available to our customers.”

The deal was brokered by North-East accountancy firm, Clive Owen LLP. Tilly Bailey & Irvine LLP, who assisted the shareholders in all aspects of legal due diligence and negotiating the transaction documentation.

Craig Malarkey, of Tilly Bailey & Irvine LLP, added: “The deal has provided a great opportunity for Ian Farmer Associates to join RSK in an acquisition that will strengthen both businesses.”

David Wilson, associate director of Clive Owen Corporate Finance, said: “We have worked closely with Ian Farmer Associates and supporting this disposal has been a particularly satisfying experience because the outcomes have been so beneficial for everyone involved.”