BWB Group has acquired EDCM Consulting, a mechanical and electrical building services consultancy which has offices in Leeds and Birmingham.
It’s the second acquisition for Nottingham-based engineering consultancy BWB in three years, after it bought DKS Consultants, also to develop its M&E offering. The aim of the latest acquisition is to bring in further digital engineering, building information management (BIM) and building asset management capabilities.
The acquisition will take staff numbers to around 270 and turnover to more than £20M over the next year. Most of the EDCM staff will move to BWB’s Whitehall Waterfront offices in Leeds. The value of the deal has not been disclosed.
BWB’s M&E service director Dave Stairmand said: “The EDCM acquisition increases our depth of expertise, strengthens delivery capability in two thriving city regions, and helps deliver a seamless combination of structural and building services engineering.”
All four EDCM directors will stay with the business. One of them, Jim Benson, said: “This is the right deal for both EDCM and BWB and joining forces allows us to leverage our expertise and relationships into new sectors and different geographic areas. Our existing clients will also now have access to a ‘one-stop shop’ consultancy service.
“We share a vision of where the property sector is heading. Technologies like BIM have provided golden opportunities for progressive clients to look holistically at both capital and operational costs across the lifecycle of their assets. More than ever, they need trusted advisors with the analytical, visualisation and digital engineering skills to deliver sustainable, energy efficient solutions.”
BWB Group chief executive Steve Wooler added: “Our long-term focus is to continue adding value to our consultancy services through the creative application of technology underpinned by a business growth strategy that includes selective acquisition of complementary businesses.”