Central Alliance provides ground investigation, geo-construction, training, technology and survey services to the UK construction, defence, rail, utilities and transport sectors. Through its in-house experts and up-to-the minute technology such as satellite imagery, aerial drones and muon tomography, Central Alliance has been helping high-profile clients, including Highways England and Network Rail, to deliver major infrastructure projects.
Fraste SL G drilling rig undertaking dynamic sampling and rotary drilling at The Alan Higgs Centre, Coventry, UK
The company’s projects include the Transpennine East and West rail schemes; A1 road widening schemes; saturated ground analysis for the M1 motorway; ground investigation on the A47; mobile mapping of the Sheffield Innovation Corridor; 3D laser scanning of UK canal locks and of National Grid electrical substations; and utility surveys for Sainsbury’s supermarket car park projects nationwide.
This is the latest in a series of acquisitions by RSK, which is based in Helsby, Cheshire. It follows the acquisition of CJ Associates and Up and Under Group, and the merger with RSKW in January, and the acquisition of acoustics, noise and vibration consultancy Cole Jarman and site investigation services firm Ian Farmer Associates in November 2017, all of which add to RSK’s growing portfolio.
An MIP3 slope-climbing rig undertaking dynamic sampling and rotary drilling at Gouthwaite Reservoir, UK, for client JN Bentley
Permira Debt Managers has backed RSK in making the acquisitions and the merger as part of a £140-million funding package agreed in 2017 that will include about 10 acquisitions for the group.
The acquisition of Central Alliance brings RSK’s headcount to over 2100 in 83 offices worldwide. The Central Alliance business will continue to operate under its existing brand. Richard Pidcock and Craig White will be the joint managing directors, and Jason Marbeck will join the board as the commercial director.
According to the 2017 UK industry Market Trends report, RSK ranked as the eighth overall environmental consultancy, top for contaminated land/remediation and environmental/sustainability policy and strategy. Other top five places included third for regulated industries; third for environmental liabilities, risks and hazards; fourth for environmental management and compliance; and fifth for working infrastructure and development clients. These latest acquisitions will likely see RSK’s profile grow in the industry’s important rankings. RSK has acquired 18 environmental and analysis firms across Europe and the Middle East in the past decade and has seen impressive growth during that time that has helped to create a £150-million-turnover business.
Dr Alan Ryder, chief executive officer, RSK, said:
“I am delighted that RSK has been able to acquire Central Alliance. It is a great business with great people and great clients. Our plan is to invest in the company and to help it grow. RSK now has over 100 drilling rigs with an equal number of trained crews, in-house laboratories and more site investigation capability than its rivals do. Whether it is a simple investigation for a single house, working on railway embankments using specialist slope-crawler rigs or investigating ground conditions for a new nuclear power station, RSK brings in top-quality people, with top-quality equipment, using innovative techniques.
“I am delighted to welcome the 80 staff at Central Alliance and look forward to supporting their clients on all manner of interesting projects.”
Craig White, joint managing director of Central Alliance, said:
“I am really excited about working with RSK and see great synergies between our companies in ground investigation and surveying. RSK is also a very professional organisation and we think Central Alliance will fit very well into the RSK group.”
Richard Pidcock, joint managing director of Central Alliance, added:
“I am looking forward to the opportunities we can unlock as part of the RSK group. They will ensure that Central Alliance can build on its great reputation for delivery and develop its innovations such as industry-leading satellite-based technology. We have a great team at Central Alliance and we all look forward to being part of the RSK family.”
Jason Marbeck, commercial director of Central Alliance, said:
“This is a fantastic move all round. Central Alliance is well established in the rail industry and has a reputation for high quality that will fit in well with RSK’s professionalism. We are pleased that RSK is keen to support our growth and our innovative technologies such as satellite-based saturated ground investigations and will help us to expand our services internationally.”