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Danish firm Ramboll acquires consultant Gifford

Danish consultant Ramboll has acquired consultant Gifford for an undisclosed sum, it has emerged today.

Gifford LLP will join Ramboll UK to create a multidisciplinary engineering and consultancy group with over 1,000 employees.

Ramboll said the acquisition forms part of its strategy for growth and strengthens the multidisciplinary capabilities of its UK operation to provide a complete service offering.

Ramboll’s presence in Europe, India and the Middle East is also strengthened. Although Gifford has a presence in India, the Middle East and Gibraltar, by joining together, the new firms expect to create a stronger international presence.

Both are part of the preferred bidder design team for the Forth Replacement Crossing announced last week, which also includes Grontmij and Leonhardt Andra & Partners.

The move is the latest acquisition by Ramboll, which acquired WhitbyBird in 2007.

Gifford was an independent limited liability partnership. The company was directed by its main board which now comprised eight directors under the chairmanship of Gordon Clark.

“If we had designed a perfect fit, we could not have achieved better than this” said Ramboll UK managing director Charles McBeath. “The synergy between the two organisations is uncanny – client base, people, skills, disciplines, approaches and expertise all complement each other. Ramboll in the UK is traditionally strong in the private sector and Gifford has an established reputation in the public sector.”

Both are very closely ranked in NCE’s Consultant’s File 2011 in both staff numbers and fees rendered for the UK. Gifford is ranked 35 with fees of £32.2M closely followed by Ramboll at 36 with £31M. Again Gifford nudged ahead in staff numbers with 585 — placing it at 34 — while Ramboll has 502 and a ranking of 35.

Gifford chairman Gordon Clark said: “The passion and drive for excellence and the caring culture are alike in both organisations.  Our track record, history and heritage have remarkable similarities.  This is an exciting time to come together for both our staff and clients.”


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