RSK buys Water Research Centre

Environmental, engineering and technical services business, RSK Group, has acquired water research and innovation service specialist the Water Research Centre (WRc) and its IT subsidiary Cognica.

WRc chief executive, Mark Smith (pictured), will continue to lead WRc and Cognica as they become part of RSK’s agriculture, land and property management division.

“This is a unique acquisition for RSK that brings together an exceptional brand that is renowned for independent thinking and delivery to create an ability to address global issues including climate change, green growth and water and sanitation services through applied engineering excellence,” RSK chief executive officer and founder Alan Ryder said. “WRc’s tagline, ‘Innovation through collaboration’, highlights two of our shared values, so we are delighted to welcome both WRc and its subsidiary Cognica to RSK.”

Smith commented: “Both WRc and RSK offer world-class engineering and technical services to solve clients’ problems. Both companies employ top-class and passionate people who care about the environment. RSK’s environmental, scientific and engineering capabilities and global presence combined with WRc’s leading, independent thinking will enable both companies to deliver ever improving and more sustainable solutions to our clients while promoting the circular economy in everything we do.”