NDT Services Limited - KBS Corporate

Pile testing engineering company NDT Services has been purchased by engineering and environmental consultancy RSK Group for an undisclosed sum, in a deal which KBS Corporate advised on.

Established in 1990, NDT Services specialises in pile integrity testing, static pile-maintained load testing and dynamic load testing, working closely with many of the UK’s leading piling companies.

Operating from its Nottingham base, the business is accredited to BS EN ISO 9001:2015, the quality management system, and UKAS, the UK’s National Accreditation Body, both of which ensure its compliance with regulated organisations.

The acquirer, RSK Group, is a well-established professional services firm specialising in environmental and engineering services. The Cheshire-based business provides a range of services including communications and stakeholder engagement, landscape design and masterplanning, and site investigation and remediation.

Manging Director of NDT Services John Purser said of the deal: “The prospect of NDT Services moving forward with the support of RSK is exciting for staff, suppliers and clients alike. We feel that adding our specialist pile testing services to the RSK portfolio is a perfect fit that will enable the company to fulfil its potential within the industry.”

The company was bought alongside Copeland Wedge Associates (CWA), a nationwide consulting civil and structural engineering firm based in Birmingham.

Dr Alan Ryder, chief executive of RSK, commented: “I am delighted to join forces with NDT Services and CWA. Both companies have extremely experienced and skilled people who share our common values. Our plan is to invest in the companies and help them to grow.

“RSK can now offer pile testing to complement our existing geotechnical and structural engineering expertise. And CWA will bring us better access to the Birmingham/West Midlands market and further enhance our engineering teams.”

These are the latest in a series of purchases by RSK, which was backed with a £140m funding package from Permira Debt Managers in 2017 which includes support for approximately ten acquisitions.

Post-acquisition, NDT Services’ 20 members of staff will join RSK’s geosciences and engineering division, alongside CWA’s 39-strong team, headed up by divisional director George Tuckwell. This brings the group’s overall team to 2,300 members across 85 offices.

John Hunt, Director at KBS Corporate Finance, advised our clients at NDT Services.


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