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Sweco swoops on Ball & Berry in UK expansion

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Swedish engineering consultancy Sweco has acquired building control specialist Ball & Berry for an undisclosed sum. 

Max Joy, business area president of Sweco UK. Credit: Sweco.

Ball & Berry, established in 2007, provides approved inspector services across commercial, residential, education, healthcare, hospitality, industrial and leisure sectors. 

It currently holds six offices in the UK including in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, London and Maidstone, employs around 40 staff and in 2022 had reported revenues of £3.4 million. 

Sweco employs around 20,000 people and has revenues of €2 billion. 

In the same year both companies had a combined building control revenue of £12.1 million. 

They now have nearly 100 building control and 65 chartered building control staff in total. 

In addition to boosting its position in the building control sector, the acquisition will strengthen Sweco’s competencies across most sectors and extend its UK presence, it said. 

It marks the first acquisition for Sweco UK since it acquired MLM Group in May 2019. 

“By coming together, we are ensuring that we have the right skills and knowledge to respond to our clients’ future needs, as well as to the upcoming changes to the Building Safety Act,” said Max Joy, business area president of Sweco UK.  

Paul Eggleton, division manager for building standards at Sweco UK, added: “Together we will strengthen our reputation and expertise as market leaders in the Building Control sector and continue our class leading regulatory service guiding clients from design through to building completion.” 

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Sweco was advised on the transaction by Squire Patton Boggs, and Transaction and Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) teams at Ernst & Young. 

Ball & Berry was represented by Forbes solicitors. 

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