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RSK adds archaeology firm to acquisition list

RSK Group has announced that it has acquired Headland Archaeology which provides of heritage services to the construction sector.

Headland Archaeology’s 170-strong team has experience of working in commercial archaeology for major construction projects, such high-speed rail projects, wind farm construction, housing developments and offshore cable laying.

According to RSK, the acquisition of Headland Archaeology will make the group the largest provider of archaeological services in the UK by turnover.

This latest acquisition is RSK’s eleventh of this financial year 2018/2019 and brings staff numbers up to 3,000. The privately owned company now has over 100 offices globally and an annual turnover of more than £200M.

Last month the group confirmed the purchase of Dr Tillmanns and Partner.

RSK’s founder and chief executive officer Alan Ryder said: “I am excited to welcome Headland Archaeology into RSK because, like us, their people and clients are at the core of what they are about. The success that the business has already seen is a testament to their leaders and all their employees. I am looking forward to what we can achieve together.”

Two of Headland Archaeology’s major recent projects include mitigation works on the Aberdeen bypass, UK, a 58km road bypassing Aberdeen city centre and the £1.5bn A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme.

Headland Archaeology’s current leadership team, including managing director Tim Holden, will join RSK and continue to drive the business forward. Headland Archaeology will become part of RSK’s environment and planning division under the direction of Sarah Mogford with the existing RSK archaeology and heritage business will merge with Headland Archaeology’s consultancy team.

“This is a very exciting time for Headland Archaeology,” added Holden. “We have differentiated ourselves in a market saturated by the not-for-profit sector to build a robust, commercial business that put clients’ needs first. Joining with RSK will further enhance the business, enable us to build on our strengths and provide our staff with new opportunities.”

Founded in 1996, Headland Archaeology covers the whole of the UK from four regional offices in Luton, Hereford, Leeds and Edinburgh.

RSK has now completed eleven acquisitions in 2018/2019 with Central Alliance, Non Destructive Testing Services, Copeland Wedge Associates, Twig, Can, PB Drilling, BTS Group, the TBF Contracting businesses, Pellings, Dr Tillmanns and Partner and Headland Archaeology.

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