Macdonald Henderson has advised fire engineering consultancy S. Brooker & Associates on its disposal to chartered building surveyors Diamond & Company as part of the latter’s strategic growth plan.

The new business will be known as Brooker Diamond Fire Engineering and will be based alongside the chartered building surveying practice in Cumbernauld.

Having started as a niche building surveying and energy consultancy practice, Diamond & Company grew into an established general building surveying consultancy and now specialises in surveys and certification, external cladding, building surveys, energy consultancy and retrofit coordination.

With offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh – as well as Cumbernauld – its full end-to-end retrofit service covers Path A, B & C projects in conventional, high-rise and traditional buildings.

The acquisition of the Linlithgow-based fire engineering consultancy strengthens its chartered fire engineering capability, while also supplementing its resource in the cladding and fire remediation sector.

Along with shareholder director Craig Alexander Rattray, managing director Philip Diamond founded the business in December 2019, after more than 20 years as a sole trader.

The move is part of the firm’s growth plan as it targets expansion into the wider UK market, with a London office providing both services, due to open at the end of February.

“I’m delighted to conclude this strategic acquisition at what is a very important time for the industry,” said Diamond. “The ability to combine building surveying skills with those of the chartered fire engineering discipline is huge in the current market.

“This adds an additional dimension to our services and heralds the beginning of an exciting phase of growth with a number of major projects already in the pipeline.

“This will not only strengthen that position but will provide an ideal platform as we look to move into the marketplace in England and elsewhere in the UK with our range of professional services.”

Mr Rattray, a Glasgow-based growth strategist, is also Diamond & Company’s finance director and negotiated the transaction on behalf of the company.

Steve Brooker, who established S. Brooker and Associates more than 30 years ago, has been a chartered fire engineer for almost 20 years and takes up the position of director of fire engineering in the new business.

He said: “This was a great opportunity for us to merge with an experienced firm of building professionals to provide a turnkey solution for surveying and fire engineering.”

We are pleased to have advised Steve on this milestone transaction, and wish the combined business, management team and all stakeholders every success for the future.

Macdonald Henderson Limited

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