Dow Schofield Watts advised environmental consultancy RSK Group on its acquisition of Acies Civil and Structural, a Runcorn-based property and construction consultancy, in a deal backed by the Business Growth Fund (BGF).

The Acies business, including about 20 employees located across sites in Runcorn, London and Edinburgh, will become part of RSK’s geotechnical and engineering division. The Acies brand will be retained.

Dr Alan Ryder, chief executive of Cheshire-based RSK Group, said: “I am delighted to join forces with Acies. The company has extremely experienced and skilled professionals who share our common values. RSK and Acies see the provision of top-quality buildings to enhance our environments and economies, while at the same time delivering the best solutions for our customers, as an absolute priority. So it is a really good fit, commercially and culturally.”

Acies has many years’ experience spanning the commercial, sport and leisure, retail, education, industrial and residential sectors. It operates across the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

Tony Meakin and Mark Watts from the corporate finance team at Dow Schofield Watts advised RSK on the acquisition, while Nicola Merritt and Rob Parker from Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services provided financial due diligence.

The latest acquisition follows that of ADAS, the UK’s largest independent provider of agricultural and environmental consultancy, in December 2016 in a deal which made RSK one of the biggest environmental consultancies in the country.