Consultant White Young Green intends to grow its energy and transport markets through acquisitions, it told Building this week.
John Purvis, chief executive of WYG, said the group would be targeting companies with certain areas of expertise.
He said: “The two areas where there will be action over the next two to three years will be transport planning and energy management. WYG has sufficient headroom in its financial profile to make further acquisitions.”
WYG has acquired 30 companies in the past nine years, boosting turnover from £20m to £200m. The deal with AKT, the second in two weeks, was signed last Friday. The group will retain its name and branding.
Purvis said the merger was a good fit: “AKT is at the cutting edge and is working on some of the most iconic buildings across Europe with some of the best architects, such as Will Alsop’s design for the School of Medicine in London.”
Purvis expects AKT to bring in about £8m of revenue in its first year after the merger.
Hanif Kara, founding partner of AKT, said: “We had a choice: do we keep growing organically or make a big leap?”