Edinburgh acquisition strengthens PBA's Scottish capabilities

Edinburgh acquisition strengthens PBA's Scottish capabilities

1 July 2015

EDINBURGH – Peter Brett Associates LLP (PBA) has acquired Edinburgh firm Wren & Bell (W&B) as part of a strategy to consolidate the practice’s growing engineering, buildings and environmental capabilities in Scotland.

A structural, civil and environmental practice, Wren & Bell was established in 1981, and has a solid foothold in the residential and universities sector, including lengthy partnerships with both the University of Edinburgh and University of St Andrews. Its long-term clients also include major land developers in Scotland and across the UK.

Wren & Bell is particularly well known for its expertise in environmental consultancy, and has advised many of Scotland’s industrial and commercial businesses in dealing with the increasingly complex field of environmental legislation.

PBA Chairman Keith Mitchell said: “Thanks to the market-leading skills of our Edinburgh and Glasgow teams, we are already well positioned to support some of Scotland’s key development and infrastructure projects. Wren & Bell’s experience will allow us to bolster our multi-disciplinary offer, providing clients with an end-to-end service on projects that will make a real difference to our clients.”

Wren & Bell Senior Partner George Paschke added: “We are delighted to join forces with PBA which, with over 700 engineers, planners and scientists around the country, has all the necessary resources to compete with the best not just in Scotland but across the UK and Europe. We very much look forward to merging our talents and engaging with both existing and new clients on a range of ambitious projects.”

PBA has been steadily expanding its reach for the past few years. In 2013, PBA acquired civil and structural engineering firm Hannah, Reed and Associates Limited (Hannah-Reed), including all of that firm’s Scottish staff, and in 2011, the practice merged with Roger Tym & Partners. Through these and other activities, PBA have added buildings, civil engineering, environmental services, transport planning and economics, town planning and development economics to its services portfolio in Scotland.