Deal fuels move into West Midlands market for construction consultancy

Identity Consult has acquired construction consultancy Carl Dean Associates, marking a move into the West Midlands market.

From its base in Sunderland and offices in York, Preston and Salford, IC delivers project management, cost consultancy, employer’s agent, principal designer, and digital construction services throughout the UK.

Following a management buyout by the current directors in 2018, IC embarked on an ambitious growth plan, expanding from 32 to 72 colleagues while investing in excess of £200K in the professional development of its workforce. The firm achieved a turnover of £6.58m in the last financial year and is on target for a turnover of £7m for this financial year.

CDA was established in 1993 nurturing a portfolio and specialising primarily in the Primary Care and Mental Health Sectors, together with the automotive sectors – contributing to the establishment of car dealerships nationwide. Offering services including quantity surveying, cost and project management, CDA manages projects with values reaching up to £20m.

The CDA acquisition is the latest chapter in its growth says IC managing director Mark Doherty.

“We are delighted to complete this deal and move into a key UK region – allowing us to share expertise and support clients in the West Midlands construction sector.

“This new collaboration presents an exciting prospect for IC and CDA, broadening our client portfolio, helping to create new developments and new jobs, and extending our support in delivering new projects nationwide. We look forward to the mutual growth and success that this partnership will bring.

“We have long been dedicated to expanding our business, reinvesting to create employment opportunities and elevate services for our clients. Pursuing a strategic acquisition approach has always been part of our vision, and we are thrilled that this has now materialised, aligning CDA’s client base with our expertise in sectors such as higher education, local government, and residential development.

“By joining forces, we can leverage our combined resources to better serve our clients and facilitate the realisation of their projects.”

Founder Carl Dean said, “This marks an incredibly exciting chapter for our firm as we join forces with IC, expanding both our portfolio and our expertise. The exceptional quality of IC’s services greatly appealed to us, and I am eager to enhance the level of service we can provide to our clients.”