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Acquisition of Rudall Blanchard Associates Group Ltd (trading as

31 March 2008

Acquisition of Rudall Blanchard Associates Group Ltd (trading as "RBA").


RPS announces the acquisition of RBA, a consultancy based in the UK, with offices in the US and Australia, providing health, safety and environmental advice to the oil and gas, renewable energy and petro-chemical industries.

RBA was established in 1992 and operates from headquarters in central London and offices in Aberdeen, Brisbane and Houston. It provides a broad range of health, safety and environmental services to blue chip clients in the oil and gas, renewable energy and petrochemical industries.

RBA will be integrated with RPS’s existing energy business in the UK, Australia and the US. The business was purchased from the founder and managing director and two of his fellow directors. They have all signed service agreements and will be remaining with RPS. The other 54 RBA staff are also all remaining with RPS.

In the year ended 31 August 2007, RBA had revenues of £4.5 million, profit before tax of £0.9 million and net assets of £1.7 million.

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RPS is acquiring the entire share capital of RBA for a maximum total consideration of £ 6.0 million of which £4.8 million will be paid in cash and £1.2 million in new RPS shares. £ 3.6 million was paid at completion in cash. Subject to certain operational conditions being met, the balance of the consideration, £ 2.4 million, will be paid, in two equal parts, on 28 March in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Both payments will be split equally between shares and cash. The number of shares to be paid will be determined by reference to the RPS share price at the time of issue.


Application will be made to the UK Listing Authority and to the London Stock Exchange for listing of new RPS shares to be issued as part of the consideration. Once issued, in March 2009 and March 2010, they will rank equally with the ordinary RPS shares in issue at that time.

Brook Land, Chairman of RPS commented: 

“Providers of energy, whether oil and gas or from renewable sources, are under increasing pressure to demonstrate that their sources of supply are environmentally sound and the methods of securing those supplies are sustainable, safe and secure. These are important drivers in our fast growing Energy business. The addition of RBA’s extensive skills is a significant deepening of our capability in these areas."

31 March 2008

RPS is an international consultancy providing advice upon the development of natural resources, land and property, the management of the natural and built environments and the health and safety of people. We trade in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, North America, South East Asia and Australia and undertake projects in many other parts of the world.

Acquisition of Land Management Unit Trust (trading as

28 March 2008

Acquisition of Land Management Unit Trust (trading as "Koltasz Smith")


RPS announces the acquisition of Koltasz Smith, a consultancy based in Perth, Western Australia providing town planning and urban design advice to the land development industry.

Koltasz Smith was established in 1984 as a partnership, with its ownership being transferred to a Trust the following year. It operates from two offices in Western Australia, providing town planning and urban design advice to landowners and developers. This is a buoyant market in Western Australia and has encouraging prospects.

Koltasz Smith will be integrated with RPS’s existing businesses in Perth. Its results will be recorded in the Planning and Development segment of the Group results. We expect strong synergies to develop with the part of our existing business which provides environmental assessment and land quality advice to similar blue chip clients in Western Australia.

The business was purchased from the founder and managing director and five of his colleagues who together are the Unit holders of the Trust. They have all signed service agreements and will be remaining with RPS for at least two years. The other 26 Koltasz Smith staff have also joined RPS and are now engaged in the combined business going forward.

In the year ended 30 June 2007, Koltasz Smith had revenues of A$ 4.8 million (£2.2 million and profit before tax of A$ 1.0 million (£ 0.5 million). The assets and liabilities of the Koltasz Smith operating business are owned by the Unit holders.

RPS is acquiring the assets necessary to ensure the continued operation of Koltasz Smith, along with certain liabilities, for a maximum total consideration of A$ 6.5 million (£3.0 million) all of which will be paid in cash. A$ 3.9 million (£1.8 million) was paid at completion. Subject to certain operational conditions being met, the balance of the consideration A$ 2.6 million (£1.2 million) will be paid, in two equal parts, on 28 March in 2009 and 2010.

Brook Land, Chairman of RPS commented: 

““Our business in Australia is a great success. It demonstrates how we can build the full range of RPS services around an offering that originally focussed exclusively on our Energy activities. Koltasz Smith is one of the leading planning consultancies in Western Australia and further extends the services we offer in that market. We anticipate continuing to build all our services in Australia on a national basis.”

28 March 2008

RPS is an international consultancy providing advice upon the development of natural resources, land and property, the management of the natural and built environments and the health and safety of people. We trade in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, North America, South East Asia and Australia and undertake projects in many other parts of the world.

Acquisition of Oceanfix International Limited (“OIL”)

20 March 2008

Acquisition of Oceanfix International Limited (“OIL”)

RPS announces the acquisition of OIL, a UK based consultancy providing advice to the oil and gas sector on an international basis.
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OIL was established in 1981 and operates internationally from a base in Aberdeen. It provides hydrographic and geophysical survey consultancy services to the oil and gas exploration and production sector.

OIL will remain in its premises in Aberdeen and be integrated with RPS’s Energy business.   All OIL staff have joined RPS and will be engaged in the combined business going forward.  The business was purchased from the founder and managing director who is remaining with RPS.

In the year ended 31 January 2008, OIL had revenues of £10.6 million and profit before tax of £1.25 million.  Net assets at 31 January 2008 were £1.96 million.

RPS is acquiring the entire share capital of OIL for a maximum total consideration of £6.5 million, all of which will be paid in cash.  £3.9 million was paid at completion.  Subject to certain operational conditions being met, the balance of the consideration (£2.6 million) will be paid, in two equal parts, on 19 March in 2009 and 2010.


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Brook Land, Chairman of RPS commented: 

“Since our move into the Energy sector in 2003 we have built a world class business.  At a time when the price of, and demand for, oil and gas has increased dramatically we have adapted effectively to fast changing conditions and built a market leading combination of skills and services.  Our clients value these for their breadth, flexibility and geographic reach.  The addition of the renowned survey skills of Oceanfix supports and expands our service offering further. 

The Group’s trading in the early months of 2008 has been good and our acquisition pipeline remains encouraging.”

20 March 2008

RPS is an international consultancy providing advice upon the development of natural resources, land and property, the management of the natural and built environments and the health and safety of people.  We trade in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, North America, South East Asia and Australia and undertake projects in many other parts of the world.

Skibbereen Scheme

19 March 2008

Skibbereen Scheme


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A major upgrade of wastewater infrastructure in Skibbereen, West Cork has recently commenced construction.  The new system includes the construction of five pumping stations and approximately 18km of pipework (150mm to 1200mm diameter) to meet the needs of up to 9,400 people.  A wastewater treatment plant will also be constructed as part of a separate contract.

RPS is project managing this €20M scheme with Cork County Council.  RPS have been working with the client since the schemes inception and have prepared the Preliminary Report, Detailed Design, Contract Documents, Foreshore Licence, Planning Permission and Wayleave Acquisitions.  RPS also completed the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed secondary wastewater treatment plant.  RPS are currently supervising the construction of this scheme.
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Construction for the pumping stations and sewers is now underway and a comprehensive traffic management plan is being implemented by the Contractor to ensure minimal disruption to local roads during pipelaying works.

Works are expected to be substantially completed by early 2009

Acquisition of WTW and Associates Ltd (“WTW”)

18 March 2008

Acquisition of WTW and Associates Ltd (“WTW”)

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RPS announces the acquisition of WTW, a business providing technical services in support of oil and gas exploration projects.

WTW was established in 2002. From its base in the UK it provides geological and engineering consultancy services to major oil and gas companies on an international basis. The business is complementary to that currently operated by RPS’s existing energy business, particularly in respect of its work for National Oil Companies and in the Middle East. It will be integrated with RPS Energy and the managing director and staff are remaining with RPS.

In the year ended 30 June 2007 WTW had revenues of £3.6 million and adjusted profit before tax of £0.3 million (having normalised certain vendor costs). Net assets at 30 June 2007 were £0.5 million.

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RPS is acquiring the entire share capital of WTW, from six individual owners, for a total cash consideration of £1.85 million. £1.35 million was paid at completion. A further £0.5 million will be paid over the next two years provided certain operational conditions are met.

Alan Hearne, CEO of RPS commented: 

“Despite its relatively small size WTW has an excellent reputation. Access to RPS’s  additional resources and expertise will enable it to  enhance the  service  it offers its clients and grow into the next stage of its development.” 

 18 March 2008

RPS is an international consultancy providing advice upon the development of natural resources, land and property, the management of the natural and built environments and the health and safety of people.  We trade in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, North America, South East Asia and Australia and undertake projects in many other parts of the world.

Acquisition of R.W.Gregory (

13 March 2008

Acquisition of R.W.Gregory ("RWG")

RPS announces the acquisition of RWG, a UK based consultancy providing specialist engineering advice to blue chip clients in the public and private sectors.

RWG was established in 1934 and became a limited liability partnership in 2002.  It provides specialist engineering consultancy services which enable a wide range of government agencies and private companies plan and design large complex buildings cost effectively. An expanding part of RWG’s role in projects is to advise upon reducing energy use in buildings, with the consequence of lessening their carbon footprint.  RWG currently employs 130 full time staff in offices in Newcastle, Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester and Cardiff.  It specialises in providing advice to the health, education and retail sectors and is also active in a number of other sectors, including aviation. It has buoyant order books.

RWG will be integrated with RPS’s Planning and Development business in the UK. It is envisaged that our existing businesses in the UK and Ireland will benefit from the involvement of RWG in future projects and that with RWG’s skills we will be able to accelerate the development of our energy efficiency consultancy activities.  All RWG staff have joined RPS and will be engaged in the combined business going forward. Nine of the 11 partners who are the vendors of the business, have signed service agreements committing them to RPS for at least three years; the other two partners retired at completion.

In the year ended 30 April 2007, RWG had revenues of £12.1 million and adjusted profit before tax of £1.48 million (having normalised partner remuneration costs). Net assets at 30 April 2007 were £2.75 million.

RPS is acquiring the goodwill, trading name and the key assets and liabilities of RWG, for a maximum total consideration of £10.1 million, of which £8.4 million will be paid in cash and £1.7 million in new RPS shares. At completion£5.2 million was paid in cash and 572,969 shares to the value of £1.7 million were issued to the vendors.  Subject to certain operational conditions being met, the balance of the consideration (£3.2 million) will be paid in cash, in approximately three equal parts, on 12 March in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Application will be made to the UK Listing Authority and to the London Stock Exchange for listing of the new RPS shares to be issued as part of the consideration.  These new shares will rank equally with the existing ordinary shares

Brook Land, Chairman of RPS commented: 

“Our Planning and Development business has been the bedrock of RPS’s development over the last three decades.  It is recognised as market leading in the UK and Ireland and is growing quickly in Australia.  From time to time we extend its range of skills into new and important areas.  The acquisition of RWG will position us strategically in providing advice to our clients on achieving energy efficiency at all stages in the planning and development of new buildings.

“Our acquisition pipeline remains strong and the RPS board anticipates that more acquisitions will be completed shortly, further underpinning the Group’s growth.”

13 March 2008

RPS is an international consultancy providing advice upon the development of natural resources, land and property, the management of the natural and built environments and the health and safety of people.  We trade in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, North America, South East Asia and Australia and undertake projects in many other parts of the world.

Energy From Waste 2008 Conference

12 March 2008

Energy From Waste 2008 Conference

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The two-day 2008 Energy From Waste (EfW) conference was held at Chelsea Old Town Hall in London, in February 2008. The conference objective was to discuss achieving deliverability in landfill diversion, resource efficiency, and energy security.

The conference featured a number of presentations and an evening debate. Presentation subjects included:

  • UK waste and renewable energy policies,
  • How to achieve planning permission for EfW within 8 months,
  • financing energy from waste infrastructure and prudential borrowing,
  • carbon analysis,
  • potential for waste-fired CHP,
  • plasma gasification,
  • generating hydrogen/synthetic gas from Municipal Solid Waste (MSW).

RPS was well represented at the conference, which was attended by waste, water and energy groups including a number of RPS clients. Businesses attending included WRG, Infinis, Veolia, Eon, Biffa Waste Services, IneosChlor, Energos, and EDF Energy.

RPS jointly sponsored the evening debate, which explored the relationship between the management route for waste, carbon outcomes and efficiency. Panel members included representatives from Defra, Veolia, Friends of the Earth, and the waste industry. In addition to being a panel member for the discussions, RPS delivered a presentation on carbon analysis and planning which showcased some of the outputs from the in-house waste carbon model developed by RPS and analysis carried out using the EA WRATE modelling software undertaken by RPS.

RPS’ presentation: Carbon Analysis – a necessary part of waste management, examined the importance of carbon in decision-making. It considered the impact of different waste streams on the carbon content and explored the performance of different waste treatment technologies. The analysis highlighted the significance of certain input assumptions, to illustrate how important these are to the likely conclusions of the waste/carbon analysis, underlining the need for experience in advising on these areas. The presentation went on to evaluate the relative importance of efficiency/energy recovery, siting and transport. It concluded by providing advice for carbon management and waste disposal techniques for both the planner and developer.

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A key question raised was whether it is better to bury waste that does not degrade quickly to methane and sacrifice the energy already embedded in the material, or to recover this energy but release carbon dioxide through this process.

While much of the conference highlighted the importance of carbon management through waste management it is clear that carbon management must be considered alongside reliability of technology, efficiency of process, bankability, and other environmental and social considerations. A resounding thought at the end of the conference was that we must stifle innovation and technology development, but we must also consider where we are and how e get to where we want to be in the future – it may be necessary for interim steps to be taken along the way while at the same time building new markets and capacities to continue to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from waste management.

The conference brought together some of the key players within the waste management industry and it is clear that while carbon emissions are one of a number of important issues facing the sector it is also the issue that is receiving significant attention from government through to the pressure groups and at all levels in between. RPS has been providing integrated advice to the waste sector on carbon emissions and will continue to work with the industry in meeting the challenges posed in practical, innovative and realistic ways.

Click on link below to view RPS presentation from the Energy From Waste 2008 conference:

Carbon Analysis –
a necessary part of
waste management

RPS Market Leaders in Sustainability

07 March 2008

RPS Market Leaders in Sustainability

Previously published in Council Review (Ireland), January 2008

Whilst Ireland continues to make significant progress across a whole range of waste management indicators including municipal waste recycling, packaging waste recycling, WEEE etc, the waste market is still far from mature and there continue to be significant challenges that lie ahead.

There are a number of legislative and policy initiatives which will continue to shape the sector in 2008 and beyond and some fundamental decisions will also have to be made on the direction of the industry going forward; these include the Minister’s intended international waste policy review; the decision on whether to appoint a waste regulator; the forthcoming Waste Framework Directive; the first EU Landfill Directive target for diversion of waste from landfill; recent planning and licence approvals; the role of the private and public sectors in the waste market.

Many of these issues were debated and discussed at the recent 5th National Waste Summit in Croke Park. However the fact that the waste debate has moved onto issues such as these is an indication of just how far Ireland has come as a country in the last decade.

As the leading waste management consultancy in Ireland, RPS is proud to have played a significant role in the development of waste management in this country through the development on behalf of some 24 local authorities of Regional Waste Management Plans that have set out the blueprint for waste management in this country based on best international practice. In addition to the Waste Plans, RPS has prepared key strategic documents on behalf of Government and State Agencies including the 2nd National Hazardous Waste Plan Review, the National Biodegradable Waste Strategy Study, the Market Development Programme and the Forfas International Benchmarking Study.

Whilst RPS has long been associated with strategy formulation, they continue to have a strong track record in the development of waste infrastructure for both the public and private sectors including recycling centres, biological treatment plants, materials recovery facilities and landfills. Development of these facilities is carried out through various procurement mechanisms including traditional design and construction but also through PPP mechanisms. One such PPP contract includes the development of the proposed Waste to Energy Facility in Dublin where RPS is acting as Clients Representative for the four Dublin Local Authorities led by Dublin City Council.


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RPS constantly brings innovation and a value engineering approach to their projects. However the issue of sustainability is also becoming increasingly important and RPS brings a wide range of skills and expertise to this area ranging from sustainability in design, energy efficiency, renewable energy assessment and carbon footprinting through to sustainable drainage and transport assessments. Not just responding to but often leading the demands of an ever-evolving and changing market ensures that RPS is always at the forefront and can provide clients with ‘best in class’ consultancy services.

Restoration of Historic Norfolk Park Officially Opened

04 March 2008

Restoration of Historic Norfolk Park Officially Opened


RPS’ arboricultural works at Old Catton Park, Norwich was royally welcomed as HRH the Duke of Kent officially opened it. After more than two years’ careful tree and woodland restoration work managed by RPS, working with the Trust for the park, the owner, Parklands Consortium and Norfolk County Council, the park was unveiled to the public last October.


RPS provided arboricultural consultancy services to help restore the historic park. Many existing trees within the park are hundreds of years old, and so are a direct legacy of the landscape designed by the eminent landscape architect
Humphry Repton 1 and was his first major commission.

More than two centuries of varying use since its initial design in 1788 had taken their toll on the park, with previous agricultural use having affected the soil quality. Soil terravention 2 (a technique pioneered at Kew) and mulching was a major part of the remediation work used for tree restoration.

The management plan produced as part of the project will help to ensure that the park remains preserved as a scenic example of some of Repton’s greatest landscape architecture for the foreseeable future.


1 Humphry Repton (1752-1818). Inspired by ‘Capability Brown’ Repton was not only an architect of landscapes (also writing five books on gardening method), but also of buildings – introducing follies to some of his stately gardens, and, perhaps most notably, designing Sheringham Hall in Norfolk.

2 Aeration of soil to reduce compaction and improve quality.