Consultant acquires Andrew Martin Associates' three offices for an undisclosed sum

Capita Symonds has acquired urban design consultant Andrew Martin Associates (AMA) for an undisclosed sum.

The consulting firm said that the purchase would boost its planning and environmental offering.

AMA employs 40 staff and has offices in London, Chelmsford and Nottingham. Its projects include the PFI regeneration of Colchester garrison and Beaulieu Park in Essex.

Colchester garrison

Mark Hirst, director of development, transport and environment at Capita, said: “We are delighted to welcome AMA to Capita Symonds. Planning and urban design are at the heart of the development process and AMA's established reputation and strong pipeline of projects will be a significant boost to our profile in this sector.”

AMA managing director Andrew Martin added: “We are excited to be joining Capita Symonds. This will open up new opportunities for AMA, both in terms of geographical spread and the comprehensive range of disciplines that we can offer to clients.

“This will be particularly valuable as the development industry emerges from the recession to meet the need for sustainable growth.”