Assystem broadens service offering with acquisition

Blackburn-based engineering firm Assystem has acquired all of the shares of Schofield Lothian Ltd, a London-based consulting company.

Schofield Lothian employs 80 specialist consultants and primarily specialises in UK rail projects. Its offer covers four different areas: consents and engagement, environmental services, project management and commercial management.

The acquisition will enable Assystem to offer a broader range of end-to-end services for energy transition projects in the UK, including to existing clients involved in new nuclear power station delivery, small modular reactors and renewables as well as hydrogen. Specifically with Schofield Lothian’s consents and engagement and environmental services, Assystem can now serve energy projects from their early stages until their completion.

Assystem will provide Schofield Lothian and the UK public transportation sector with its experience in digitalising engineering and managing major rail projects in France, the Middle East and, more recently, India. Schofield Lothian’s teams will be able to apply Assystem’s 'Engineering by Digital' approach to projects and draw on its expertise in digital methods and tools. They will also be able to capitalise on the safety and risks related capabilities developed by CRA, another UK entity of the Assystem group.

Thomas Branche, senior vice president, energy transition and infrastructures at Assystem, said: "Schofield Lothian is a highly respected and well-established consultancy, and we are really excited about the combination of our two organisations’ capabilities, which we are sure will be a success.

"This combination of Schofield Lothian’s high-end capabilities in consents and engagement and environmental services with Assystem’s engineering skills and expertise will be a real advantage for energy transition projects in the UK. At the same time, the combination creates a key partner for the UK transportation sector, helping to build safer, cleaner and more efficient transport networks."

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