Building consultancy’s acquisition broadens its offering in ‘fragmented sector’

Mark Heptonstall

Leeds-based building consultancy, C80 Group, has completed another key stage in its growth strategy with the acquisition of Building Control Approved Inspector – Ask Building Control.

With a strong presence in Harrogate and North Yorkshire, Ask Building Control will now join forces with YDBC, the Group’s existing Building Control Approved Inspector.

The move combines Ask’s team of experienced surveyors and administrators with YDBC’s to enhance the Group’s service capacity with increased coverage and additional knowledge and expertise.

The acquisition complements C80 Group’s existing service range covering testing, energy assessment, building compliance and building services design engineering.

And it forms part of the Group’s long-term M&A strategy to build a group of companies offering a range of complementary specialist services. Other consultancies in the Group include Leeds-based C80 Solutions and Midlands-based Stewarts.

Mark Heptonstall, CEO of C80 Group, said: “Like YDBC, which we acquired at the end of 2019, Ask Building Control offers outstanding expertise in all aspects of building control and building regulations approval, from design stage through to satisfactory completion on site.

“I think we are developing a genuinely unique portfolio in a fragmented building services sector which comprises small companies and consultancies operating independently.”

Paul Willmore, director at Ask Building Control, said: “When C80 Group acquires a company, they support its growth alongside the other firms in the Group.

“This approach has proved to be hugely beneficial for YDBC and we are confident it will be equally successful for us as we develop new business as part of the collective strength of C80 Group.”

Paul Sessford, also a director at Ask Building Control, added: “We are looking forward to working alongside YDBC and the other companies in C80 Group.

“They share our passion for service excellence. Ask Building Control now has a platform to launch a major new phase of growth in 2022 – it promises to be a landmark year for the company.”