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Four Seasons Group takes over rival Berkeley

HVAC specialist Four Seasons Group has acquired smaller rival Berkeley Controls Group for an undisclosed sum.

Berkeley Controls serves clients operating in the UK, Europe and Middle East from offices in High Wycombe and Leicestershire.

The combined business boasts a client list including major firms such as H&M, William Hill, Astra Zeneca, Waterstones, Carillion, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, BBC Wales, HMCS, Admiral Insurance, Virgin Mobile, the MoD, Boots and Carphone Warehouse.

The enlarged group will employ over 200 staff and merge BCG’s High Wycombe operation into the FSG headquarters in High Wycombe.

Four Seasons Group will also use BCG’s Leicestershire office to expand its installation and
maintenance business into the Midlands.

Chief executive officer Stuart Lawrie said: “The acquisition allows the group to expand our range of services beyond installation and maintenance and into the energy management field.

“Having building controls and automation expertise enables us to offer clients the ability to remotely change plant run times and temperature settings, and to link these into reducing energy consumption across their estates.

He added: “With the ever increasing amount of legislation in this area, we are now ideally  placed to support property directors and FMs to satisfy board requirements to reduce costs and comply with the law.”

image: robert sharp Group managing director of Berkeley Controls Ray Wall said: “We see this acquisition as a great opportunity for the business, therefore enabling us to reach  our full potential in delivering intelligent systems and solutions to the rapidly expanding low carbon economy.

“We can see the benefits to both organisations in leveraging numerous cross selling opportunities as we move forward into 2010 and beyond.”

Following the acquisition, the enlarged group will have pro-forma revenues in excess of £30 million.