John F Hunt acquires temporary works consultancy


Demolition contractor John F Hunt Group has secured a majority shareholding in RKD Consultant Ltd. 

Kensington Odeon works.
Credit: John F Hunt Group
by Rory ButlerFebruary 2, 2023

RKD is a geotechnical and structural engineering consultancy in London, specialising in Temporary Works schemes. 

Its projects in the capital include: 

  • Battersea Power Station 
  • Chelsea Barracks 
  • Kensington Odeon 
  • Claridge’s 

RKD will remain under the management of Mark Blackmore and Dr Adam Pellew, together with their engineering team, who will continue operations from their East London offices. 

“It will be ‘business as usual’ for us, as we will still work independently with our existing clients,” said Mr Blackmore. “We have combined forces and delivered many projects with John F Hunt in the past, and we appreciate their excellent reputation within the construction industry. The amalgamation of technical engineering minds and the support the group can offer is an exciting prospect for all of us.” 

John F Hunt Group chairman, John Hall, added: “The incorporation of the highly regarded RKD business within the group will greatly strengthen John F Hunt’s geotechnical and structural capabilities. However, we recognise the importance of RKD retaining their autonomy and existing client base; this, I am sure they will achieve whilst being able to expand the business through our network of regional offices.” 

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