Consultant buys Rotherham-based engineer to enhance its nuclear capability

Atkins has bought engineering firm MG Bennett for £2.5m in a bid to strengthen its position in the nuclear sector.

The multidisciplinary consultant announced today that it had acquired the Rotherham-based company, which has 30 staff and specialises in mechanical and structural engineering.

It said that MG Bennett had a “particular expertise in lifting and handling nuclear-related materials”, which would enhance Atkins' nuclear capability.

The UK engineer, which was founded in 1984, also works in aerospace, oil and gas, power, environmental and rail sectors.

Chris Ball, director of nuclear business at Atkins, said: “This acquisition strengthens our business as we seek to enhance our offering in the mechanical design sector and to ensure we have the skills in place to respond to increased demand in the new build, decommissioning and generation markets.”

Nick Cooper, managing director of MG Bennett, said: “I look forward to working with the teams in Atkins to provide solutions to the challenging opportunities in the nuclear industry and also to continue a high level of work for our existing clients.”