Property consultancy snaps up counterpart to create 700-strong team

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Ridge and Partners LLP has acquired Projex Building Solutions Limited, a multi-service consultancy representing many of the UK’s highest profile property developers, occupiers and funds.

The deal will strengthen the existing Ridge teams in Leeds and Birmingham whilst adding to its extensive range of expertise.

Established 12 years ago, Projex has 36 staff split over its offices in Leeds (23) and Solihull (13) works across a variety of sectors throughout the UK and Ireland including healthcare, retail, data centres, industrial, manufacturing, commercial, hotels and residential.

It recently completed a new £1.5m warehouse extension for Leeds-based fashion and lifestyle retailer, Joe Browns, and is the appointed project manager, cost, health and safety consultant for Yorkshire healthcare provider, Springfield Healthcare Group, advising on its multi-million pound expansion programme which includes the ongoing construction of new facilities in Harrogate, York, Beverley, Leeds and Ilkley.

Phil Tomalin and Nick Keaney are now partners of Ridge and will support the integration of the two firms, ensuring a seamless transition for clients.

The move sees all 36 Projex staff join Ridge. The total headcount at Ridge will grow to more than 700 people across its 12 offices.

Adrian O’Hickey, senior partner at Ridge said: “This is an excellent fit for Ridge in terms of our continued growth – adding further skills and expertise as we reach the significant landmark of 700 people whilst celebrating our 75th anniversary this year.

“Projex culture and added value approach complements the Ridge brand and I look forward to developing a successful future together.”

Projex joint managing director, Phil Tomalin, added: “The Ridge brand, culture and strategy offers an excellent future for our skilful and experienced people.

“Like Ridge, much of our work is repeat business, which is testament to the attention to detail and pro-active approach we provide for every project.”

Jason Howard, the Ridge partner responsible for the firm’s north west business, said: “Our full-service proposition offers numerous benefits and we look forward to welcoming Projex’ many valued clients and expert people.

“Having so many first-rate colleagues join us will also add considerable value to our existing clients and team.”