RSK has announced that it has taken over the site investigation business Ian Farmer Associates.
Under the deal more than 100 staff operating at eight sites across the UK will transfer to RSK but the business will continue to operate under Ian Farmer Associates brand.
The new division will retain the existing leadership team formed by Ken Marsh, John Marsh, Roy Smith and Adam Latimer who will report into RSK director of geoscience and engineering George Tuckwell.
The news follows on from the death of business founder Ian Farmer at the age of 82 in October.
RSK has said that the acquisition is part of a £140M funding package from private equity firm Permira Debt Managers, which is likely to include around 10 acquisitions. The company also announced it had bought out noise and vibration specialist Cole Jarman on 1 December.
RSK has said that the latest acquisition expands RSK’s footprint as one of the biggest natural and built environment consultancies in the UK.
“It also provides a great opportunity to extend its coverage into the north-east of England and to bring laboratory testing expertise and facilities in-house,” said RSK.
“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. Its principal areas of work are in ground investigation covering geotechnical and geoenvironmental services, along with construction and built environment services.”
Ian Farmer Associates director John Marsh said: “Joining forces with such a distinguished and compatible firm 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.”