Engineering consultancy integrates acquisition and expands its offering

Max Joy

Engineering, environment, design and regulatory consultancy Sweco UK has completed the integration of MLM Group into the business to expand the services and expertise it provides to UK and Ireland.

Leeds-headquartered Sweco acquired the firm – one of the UK’s largest, privately-owned engineering, environmental and building control consultancies – in 2019. The integration now brings MLM Group under the Sweco brand.

The move combines MLM Group’s specialist expertise in structural engineering, rail and compliance with Sweco’s skills in transportation, environment, energy and building design.

The business, which employs 204 people at its HQ in Leeds, has also expanded its offering with two new service lines.

Its new Advisory and Planning division will support clients in tackling the challenges of sustainability, climate change, urbanisation and digitalisation, by providing specialist advisory services and scheme planning support early in the project lifecycle.

And The Building Standards division will provide clients with regulatory services in the areas of building regulation, CDM and quality assurance. It will also operate as one of the largest approved inspectors in the UK.

Max Joy, president of Sweco UK, said: “The integration of MLM Group marks a major step on our journey to becoming the consultancy of choice in the UK and Ireland and represents a major milestone in our strategy to better support our clients in transforming society.

“We believe that real and meaningful change happens by collaborating with our clients to create the solutions that can deliver the sustainable cities and communities of the future.

“The combined business strengthens our expertise, enlarges our UK footprint and creates a compelling proposition for the markets in which we work.”

Sweco has consulted on a wide range of landmark projects since entering the UK market in 2015.

It currently employs 1,245 people and consults on projects across the UK and Ireland via its network of 21 regional offices.