Latest RSK Group acquisition brings Scottish firm into the fold

Garry Young

Scottish civil engineering and bulk earthworks contractor, RJT Excavations, has been acquired by Cheshire’s RSK Group, for an undisclosed sum.

The deal significantly strengthens the Helsby-based group’s expertise in major engineering and infrastructure project work.

RJT, based in Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders, has been a key player in the sector for more than 30 years and in 2009, was independently rated by New Civil Engineer as one of the UK’s top 75 civil engineering contractors.

The business has been acquired from Mancunian Mercantile Investments.

RJT Managing director, Garry Young, who will continue to lead the business, said: “RSK Group brings some excellent synergies across the companies in its portfolio.

“This will provide opportunities to work together with similar companies within the group that have knowledge and experience in areas of construction that we do not currently have in-house. I believe that the RSK Group’s similar values and ethics bodes well for the future and that this acquisition is an excellent outcome for all RJT employees.”

RSK Group chief executive, Alan Ryder, said: “The acquisition of RJT will prove extremely valuable to the group, enhancing our engineering and infrastructure services across the UK. RJT’s team of specialists boasts an impressive skillset, applying its civil engineering, ground modelling, project management and bulk earthworks services to a diverse range of sectors, from roads and water installations to golf courses and landfill sites.”

The company is at the forefront of specialised plant and equipment, bulk earthworks, groundworks, stabilisation, remediation, contract crushing and other plant-orientated activities. It also offers a wider range of civil engineering services -roads, drainage, foundations, surfacing and street lighting. It provides national coverage from its main yard at Jedburgh and regional offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Leeds.

The acquisition adviser was Hill Dickinson.

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