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Clarke Bond continues to aim high after Deakin Walton takeover

Consultant Clarke Bond this week completed the latest acquisition in its bid to break into the elite of UK engineering consultancies.

The 200-strong firm completed the purchase of the 35-strong consultant Deakin Walton.

Clarke Bond also recently opened an office in Abu Dhabi and is looking to make further acquisitions aimed at boosting its £13.1M 2007 turnover to more than £40M in the next four years.

This is likely to include an acquisition in the Asia-Pacific region as well as a UK energy consultant.

Commenting on the deal with Deakin Walton, managing director David Clarke said: "This purchase is an important step in our ambition to secure a top 30 place in the league of UK engineering firms through a strategy of acquisition, organic growth and international development."

Deakin Walton has offices in Sale, Manchester and Harrogate and Clarke Bond's bid to gain a presence in the north of England has paid immediate dividends after it revealed this week it had been appointed to work on a £270M redevelopment of the 3ha Boddingtons Brewery site next to the MEN Arena in Manchester into a mixed-use scheme.

Since the recent opening in the Middle East, the firm has won work on a £20bn development at Yas Island off the coast of Abu Dhabi.

According to NCE's Consultants File, due to be published next week, Clarke Bond is the 61st largest engineering consultancy in the UK in terms of fees rendered, with £10.74M, and the 46th largest in terms of staff with 203 civil and structural employees. Both figures are prior to the acquisition of Deakin Walton.

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