Who we are

Founded in 1970, RPS is a leading global professional services firm.

We define, design and manage projects that create shared value by solving problems that matter to a complex, urbanising and resource-scarce world. This is our purpose.

Our behaviours

Our behaviours define who we are. Developed by our people, they underpin everything that we do. They create the memorable experiences we are known for and make RPS a great place to do great work.

We solve problems that matter
We are confidently pragmatic
Absolute delivery
We make it easy to connect
We are stronger together
Adapting to a complex world

We’re naturally inquisitive, finding solutions to problems that matter.

We embrace new ways of thinking.

We're leading minds who pursue innovation.

We’re mindful of our impact on those who depend on environmental, social and financial stability.

Our personality

We anticipate client needs and push boundaries in our response.

We challenge each other to do better.

We deliver our promise without compromising on integrity.

We encourage intelligent risk-taking to deliver the best outcome by using sound judgement.

Winning mindset

We deliver quality work on time and on budget.

We communicate clear expectations to enable high performance.

We're accountable for delivering commercially astute outcomes.

We find opportunities that deliver high value.

Global thinking, big picture

We're open to the opportunities that a complex world brings.

We go out of our way to make things easy.

We recognise the potential in other peoples' ideas and work in partnership.

We always look to create shared value.

Our attitude: What it is like to work with and for us

We're respectful, acknowledge diversity and recognise potential.

We bring out the best in one another always assuming best intent.

We act responsibly for the wellbeing of all.

People who learn and grow thrive in our business, sharing in our success.

We make it easy to connect

Making complex easy
Talented people
Diverse service areas

We solve problems that matter


Navigating the nuances of a volatile, ambiguous and complex landscape with global perspective.

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Our services

We work across six sectors: property, energy, transport, water, resources, defence and government services. Our services span twelve clusters: project and program management; design and development; water services; environment; advisory and management consulting; exploration and development; planning and approvals; health, safety and risk; oceans and coastal; laboratories; training and communication and creative services.

We stand out for our clients by using deep expertise to solve problems that matter, making them easy to understand and by being easy to work with.

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Why we exist, what we do and how we work. This is our purpose, our promise and our behaviours.



RPS was founded in 1970 by a passionate team of academics in Oxfordshire. They shared a dream of creating an environmental planning practice dedicated to making the world a better place.

RPS played a leading role in raising awareness on the importance of balance to protect the environment itself and the welfare of the people living in it.


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Since then, we’ve grown organically and through planned acquisitions into the global firm we are today.

Today, tomorrow and together our founders’ principles remain at our core where we continue to find unexpected answers to shape our environmental, social and economic landscapes.