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Capita Symonds buys m&e specialist

Experience in the healthcare and prison sector has led Capita Symonds to buy Sheffield based m&e engineering consultancy Pearce Buckle for an undisclosed sum.

Pearce Buckle works heavily in the custodial sector with key links to the HM Prison Service Constructor Framework Agreement.

It has also worked on a large number of NHS projects and as a partner on the ProCure21 framework.

The company – which has 40 staff - will now be renamed Capita Pearce Buckle and will work closely with Capita Symonds’ existing 100-strong office in Sheffield.

Jonathan Goring, Managing Director, Capita Symonds said: “2008 continues to be an extremely exciting year for Capita Symonds.

“This is our third acquisition of the year, focused on targeting strategic growth markets with world class niche consultancy skills.

“Pearce Buckle brings a great deal of engineering expertise and experience to Capita Symonds, particularly in the custodial and healthcare sectors, and will undoubtedly strengthen our current work in these markets.”

Kevin Hirst, Managing Director, Pearce Buckle, said: “We are delighted to be joining Capita Symonds. Our reputation and expertise has seen us develop a portfolio of high profile projects with a variety of clients, some of whom have very sensitive operations.

“Being part of such a respected and diverse organisation will enable our team to impart their expertise and develop their skills even further, working with other highly respected professionals on exciting projects across a broad range of sectors.”

Pearce Buckle was formed in 2000 and underwent a management buy out in 2002. It is now working on more than 20 Prison schemes, including the conversion of RAF Coltishall to a Category C Prison.

Other ongoing projects include the Gateway Plaza mixed-use development in Barnsley; the refurbishment of the Portobello Centre at the University of Sheffield; and various projects at Rampton Hospital in Nottinghamshire.

This is the third acquisition for Capita Symonds in the past four months. The two previous deals were land planning consultancy Lovejoy in March and civil and structural engineering consultancy NRM Bobrowski in April.