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Mott MacDonald acquires water partner Bentley

Mott MacDonald has acquired its UK water industry design and build joint venture partner Bentley Holdings, including its subsidiary company JN Bentley.

The pair have worked together for 15 years through the joint venture Mott MacDonald Bentley. 

JN Bentley employs over 700 people with a turnover of £120M. Over 80% of its business is derived through Mott MacDonald Bentley, set up in 1999 to operate as a wholly integrated, co-located joint venture by combining all facets of design, programme management, site investigation and construction in one organisation.

The partnership was formed specifically to deliver long-term, high volume programmes of projects for the UK’s water companies throughout the industry’s rolling five-year Asset Management Plan (AMPs).

Since initial contracts for AMP3, MMB has grown through AMPs 4 and 5, leading to new and extended appointments as AMP6 delivery partner for Yorkshire Water, Severn Trent Water, Anglian Water, United Utilities and Welsh Water.

Mott MacDonald chairman Keith Howells said: “We are immensely pleased to welcome Bentley into the Group as a natural next step for our partnership. We’re looking forward to using our collective ingenuity to achieve benefits across the triple bottom line of social, economic and environmental value.

Paul Bentley, managing director of JN Bentley said: “Joining Mott MacDonald will benefit our clients and also offers fantastic opportunities for the employees of both companies.  The longstanding success of the joint venture is because we share the same culture and principles. Becoming part of the Mott MacDonald Group will allow us to develop further to meet the challenges we face and ensure we continue to deliver a first class service for all our new and existing clients.”

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