SKM Consulting Buys Enviros Consulting – Both Now Gone After More Mergers

November 2009: SKM Consulting Buys Enviros Consulting: 

Leading engineering, sciences and project delivery firm Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM Consulting) has acquired Enviros (previously Aspinwall and Company, and later re-branded as Enviros Aspinwall), a multi-disciplinary sustainability, environmental, and health and safety, consultancy in the UK.

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This was seen as great news from the Waster's one-time employer:

But, both Companies have now gone after further mergers. This post has been retained for its historic interest. since 2009, SKM Consulting has also ceased to exist, and was itself subject to a merger with international consultant Jacobs in 2017.[/box]

Enviros has leading capabilities in climate change and renewables, compliance management, health and safety, sustainable development, and waste and resource management. The firm works across many industries in both the public and private sectors.

SKM Consulting

Since 1996 SKM Consulting has completed 57 mergers and acquisitions which have been central to the firm's strategy to grow with its clients and deliver the world's leading skills locally.

SKM Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Paul Dougas said:

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‘The synergies are powerful and obvious. Our growth continues to be driven by the expansion of our client' needs and operations. We remain in a perfect storm of economic, social and environmental challenges. Helping our clients meet those challenges and making the most of the opportunities they represent is part of our DNA.

“The fact is that Europe leads the world in sustainability, climate change and environment, and Enviros is a leading firm in this space. This expands our strategic consulting capability which we already export globally through our virtual teaming approach and many centres of excellence.”

Peter Portlock, Enviros Managing Director said:

“I am delighted that Enviros has joined the SKM Group. Business needs and cultures are perfectly aligned with this transaction. The Enviros mission to help our clients do business today and have the world they want tomorrow”, fits perfectly with SKM's business, culture and values.”

Recent feedback from SKM Consulting clients indicated that almost half think that climate change is a significant short-term risk, with this concern increasing to seven in ten when a 10 year time frame is considered. This acquisition is an immediate response to client need and expands SKM's capabilities, with Enviros' people bringing great skills in sustainable development, climate change and strategic consulting generally, and bolstering the firm's European presence.

More about Sinclair Knight Merz: SKM is a leading engineering, sciences and project delivery firm, founded in 1964. Its purpose is to deliver a positive and enduring impact on the world. With 6,500 people in offices across Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the Middle East, South America and Asia, it serves clients in the Buildings & Infrastructure, Power & Energy, Mining & Metals and Water & Environment sectors. SKM has been operating in the UK since 1997 and employs 350 people across eight offices in the UK and Middle East. Website:

More about Enviros: Enviros has more than 35 years experience in providing sustainability, environmental and health and safety solutions for clients. It employs 450 people in 13 offices in the UK and Ireland, with one office in mainland Europe (Prague). Website:

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    • Chelsey Jenks
    • 16 November 2020

    Predatory mergers are killing the UK business. Foreign companies buy and strip. It should be stopped.

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