LONDON, UK - Global design firm Stantec has acquired England-based ESI Consulting (ESI) in a move to strengthen its UK-based environmental consulting capabilities.
With more than 50 team members, ESI has three offices in England and Wales, including Shrewsbury, Reading, and Cardiff. The transaction closed on March 23.
Established for 20 years, ESI has capabilities in groundwater, land, and sustainable development. The company developed a sophisticated groundwater model to assess effects on groundwater of Sirius Minerals’ Woodsmith Potash Mine, near Whitby, in the North York Moors National Park, plus support to gain planning approval.
Additionally, as part of the £1.5 billion Highways England project to upgrade 21 miles of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon, ESI developed a groundwater flow model of the shallow groundwater system to assess the effect on key receptors of dewatering using the proposed borrow pit and recharge lagoon system.
The firm is also leading an alliance of expert teams to manage water resources, hydrology, and hydrogeology projects for Severn Trent Water Limited’s Framework for AMP6 Asset Management Plans.
Cath Schefer, managing director of Stantec Europe-Africa & RNet/India, said: “ESI brings the experience and highly-respected project work that complements the longstanding presence we’ve held throughout the United Kingdom.”
Jon Cooke, managing director of ESI, added: “We also appreciate that our talented team members will be exposed to a global portfolio of projects and career opportunities as we integrate into the Stantec company community.”
From its base of more than 22,000 team members worldwide, Stantec currently has more than 2400 currently based across the United Kingdom.