Over 60 staff to join the consultant’s architecture business

Capita Symonds has snapped up architecture practice ESA, adding 60 staff to its existing architecture business.

ESA – which has offices in London, Hull and Katowice, Poland – was bought for an undisclosed sum.

The move to boost its architecture arm comes just months after it closed its London architecture office in April, with the loss of 40 staff.

ESA has worked on a range of projects across Europe, including a new headquarters for health products manufacturer Stryker in Newbury, Berkshire (pictured).

John Southgate, executive director for design and infrastructure at Capita Symonds, said: “Capita Symonds is a constantly evolving organisation and this acquisition emphasises our commitment to investing in success by bringing in strong businesses to supplement our existing capability in key sectors.

“ESA has a wealth of experience and clients both in the UK and in key target areas internationally and is a welcome addition to our creative team.”

Alastair Roberts, managing director, ESA, said: “We are delighted and excited to be joining Capita Symonds. ESA is an ambitious and successful company with aspirations for future development.

“Joining Capita Symonds gives us the opportunity to rise to the exciting challenges ahead and further develop and grow as a practice.

“Our commercial private sector expertise and excellent client base, in conjunction with the strong Capita Symonds brand, particularly in the public sector, offers our combined team excellent opportunities for the future, both in the UK and Europe.”