Australian consultant Robert Bird Group has been bought by Singaporean urban, industrial and infrastructure consultant Surbana Jurong Group, New Civil Engineer can exclusively reveal.
The figure for the acquisition has not yet been disclosed, but the deal is expected to be closed next month.
Under the deal, chair Robert Bird and other senior leadership roles will remain in their roles. The company will continue to operate as Robert Bird.
According to sources, the Asian consultancy is on an expansion drive, including buying specialist firms, which is why Robert Bird has been targeted.
Others in the Group already include the Snowy Mountain Engineering Company (SMEC), Singaporean engineering consultants KTP, China-based architecture and engineering firm Sino-Sun, and Singaporean safety and security company Aetos.
The Asian company has around 13,000 employees in 45 countries, but has yet to break into the UK market. It descrbes itself as a “global team of architects, designers, planners, engineers and other specialists, providing a one-stop consultancy across the full urban, industrial and infrastructure development value chain”.
Robert Bird has around 500 employees in 10 offices in London, Australia, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
It is primarily a structural, civil, construction and geotechnical consultant and lists digital as one of its capabilities.
The deal is due to be formally announced at 9am Singapore time tomorrow.