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Weeks buys into building services

GEOTECHNICAL AND environ- mental consultant Weeks has acquired Lawrence Hewitt Partnership, the Tonbridge-based multi-disciplinary consultancy.

The combined group employs 450 staff with a combined turnover in excess of £16M and operates offices throughout UK and in Poland and Oman. LHP brings building services, building surveying and project/facilities management skills to the environmental/geotechnical and civil and structural capabilities of Weeks.

The acquisition is the largest since the company floated on the Alternative Investment Market in 1995. According to Dr Richard Pugh, chief executive of Weeks 'the principal reason for Weeks' flotation was the raising of

capital to fund acquisition in order to expand out consultancy in the natural and built environments.'

Philip Hill, managing director of LHP becomes Weeks' director responsible for the Tonbridge office and the engineering consultancy business of the combined group. Lawrence Hewitt, chairman of LHP, becomes a non-executive director of the merged trading company.

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