RSK confirms acquisition of Water Research Centre (WRc)

Water Research Centre, RSK Group

RSK Group Ltd has announced the acquisition of Water Research Centre Ltd (WRc), an independent centre of excellence for innovation and growth, and its subsidiary Cognica

WRc’s 170 employees will bring a shared purpose of discovering and delivering new and solutions that enable its clients to meet the challenges of the future.

Its services include leakage detection, water management, wastewater management, flooding and sewers, environmental modelling, innovation and management consulting, asset management, UKAS-accredited physical testing and validation facilities and services, policy and regulation, UKAS-approved laboratory services, infrastructure assessment services, building information services and waste-to-resource consulting services.

WRc is also the home of The National Centre for Environmental Toxicology, an expert team of scientists and toxicologists offering a toxicology-on-demand subscription service for its clients.

WRc has also recently developed a water quality sampling and monitoring programme for Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority in the UAE, and is providing water sector specialist expertise for the Department for International Trade in the UK.

In addition, working with Water UK, WRc has developed and is delivering the worlds’ first standard for flushable products, Fine to Flush, to protect UK sewers and water bodies. Furthermore, it is working with its partners to deliver the Hydro Nation water innovation service, which is helping to drive the uptake of innovative technologies in Scotland.

WRc and Cognica will continue to be led by WRc chief executive officer, Mark Smith and will become part of RSK’s agriculture, land and property management division.

Address global issues

RSK chief executive officer and founder, Alan Ryder, said: “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.

“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.”

Mark Smith, WRc chief executive officer, said: “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.”

Agriculture, land and property management divisional director, Ian Strudwick, said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome WRc into the RSK group and look forward to working with Mark and his dedicated team.

“WRc is an iconic brand with an incredible heritage in the water industry and a track record of projects and experience envied across the sector. WRc carries many synergies with RSK that we look forward to exploring and making the most of.

“Our plan is to help WRc to grow in the UK and to extend its global footprint, particularly in areas such as Africa and the Middle East where RSK already has a strong foothold in other sectors. I am sure there is going to be a very exciting year ahead”


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