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Sweco strengthens Building Control offering with acquisition of Ball & Berry

Engineering, environment, design and regulatory consultancy Sweco UK & Ireland has strengthened its market leading reputation in the Building Control sector with the acquisition of Ball & Berry.

As a combined business, Sweco will now become the Building Control consultancy of choice delivering the technical and compliance standards across the industry. The acquisition will also strengthen Sweco’s competencies in all sectors and extend its geographical presence in England which will provide a compelling proposition to new and existing clients.

Coming together, stronger together: Paul McNeill, Director of Ball & Berry, Dave Hodgson, Director of Ball & Berry, Max Joy, President of Sweco UK, Dave Clark, Director of Ball & Berry, Paul Eggleton, Head of Building Standards at Sweco UK

Established in 2007 and with 6 offices in England, Ball & Berry provides Approved Inspector services in several sectors including commercial, residential, education, healthcare, hospitality, industrial and leisure. Ball & Berry employs around 40 people and had reported revenues of £3.4m in 2022.

Max Joy, Business Area President of Sweco UK comments: “This is an exciting new chapter in Sweco’s growth story here in the UK. Sweco and Ball & Berry share the same business and cultural values focused on clients, professional development and creating safe, secure and comfortable spaces for the end user. 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.”

This is an exciting new chapter in Sweco’s growth story. Sweco and Ball & Berry share the same business and cultural values focused on clients, professional development and creating safe, secure and comfortable spaces for the end user

Max Joy OBE President of Sweco UK & Ireland

Paul Eggleton, Division Manager for Building Standards at Sweco UK & Ireland adds: “I am delighted to welcome Ball & Berry into the Building Standards Division of Sweco. 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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Paul McNeill, director at Ball & Berry, part of Sweco said, “Since myself, David Hodgson and David Clarke joined Ball & Berry as directors in 2010/11, the business has undergone a journey of exceptional growth and transformation. Over recent years, we’ve opened several new offices in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, London and Maidstone, and recruited highly skilled Building Control professionals and administrative support staff to service a growing portfolio of clients who rely on our team for outstanding technical expertise that aids quality, seamless and successful projects.

“Coming together with Sweco – a company with the same passion for excellence – was an easy decision. Our combined expertise, and united values, culture and ethos will deliver incredible strength in our marketplace. Sweco’s strategy is underpinned by integrity, performance and a clear vision to put people at the heart of what they do, which very much mirrors that of Ball & Berry.”

This is the first acquisition for Sweco UK since it acquired MLM Group in May 2019.

Sweco was advised on the transaction by the Leeds offices of Squire Patton Boggs and EY’s transaction and SPA teams, which were led by Paul Mann and Matthew Vernon, respectively. Ball & Berry was represented by Forbes solicitors, led by Jenny Burke.

The value of the share purchase agreement (SPA) is undisclosed.

For more information please contact Paul Eggleton or Paul McNeill.

About Sweco

Sweco plans and designs the sustainable communities and cities of the future. Together with our clients and the collective knowledge of our 20,000 architects, engineers and other experts, we co-create solutions to address urbanisation, capture the power of digitalisation, and make our societies more sustainable. Sweco is Europe’s leading engineering and architecture consultancy, with sales of approximately SEK 24 billion (EUR 2.2 billion). The company is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. In the UK and Ireland, Sweco offers engineering, environment, design and regulatory services.