Leading environmental consultancy to open first Welsh office

Posted: Tuesday 29th September 2009

RSK Group – the UK’s largest privately owned multidisciplinary environmental consultancy and one the fastest growing companies of its kind in Europe – is set to open its first permanent Welsh office as it seeks to build on its burgeoning success across the country.

In a ceremony at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on 10 September, CBI Wales assistant regional director Ian Price will cut the ribbon and officially declare RSK Group in business from an address in Cardiff city centre.

RSK Group had previously worked from a temporary base in Newport since 2007 as part of its role in supporting the development of Severn Power's combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station.

Headquartered near the Welsh border in Helsby, Cheshire, RSK Group has a long history of working in Wales, including providing support to the South Wales Gas Pipeline, the UK’s largest high-pressure gas pipeline, since 2004.

The company’s work on that particular headline-grabbing project encompassed a multitude of environmental services, including the management of the largest archaeological dig in Welsh history.

RSK Group has been extremely active in supporting environmentally progressive Welsh power projects, with recent examples including a windfarm development in mid-Wales, energy from waste and biomass plants in Newport and Barry, and a highly efficient CCGT power station in Newport.

Elsewhere, RSK Group, which is widely recognised as one of the leading suppliers of environmental consultancy services to the housing industry, has been helping numerous house builders create high-quality, sustainable housing developments in South Wales, including the redevelopment of the historic Stradey Park rugby union stadium on behalf of Taylor Wimpey.

Closely related to this is the company’s work on major regeneration projects such as Cardiff Bay, Newport East Bank and Barry Waterfront.

RSK Group also supports local authorities and government bodies through framework agreements with Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council and CADW.

Dr Alan Ryder, RSK Group chairman, said:

“Establishing an office in Cardiff represents a firm commitment by RSK Group to help businesses and organisations in Wales realise projects and developments to the highest possible environmental standards.

Furthermore, as our business continues to expand, we hope to be instrumental in creating top-quality employment opportunities in the Welsh environmental sector. This is likely to include recruiting young graduates to our recently launched technical apprentice scheme.”

Catherine Anderson, RSK Group senior consultant and Cardiff office manager, said:

“"The opening of this office bucks the trend felt in the current climate and provides some exciting new opportunities. In addition to being on the doorstep of our existing Welsh clients, the Cardiff office will enable use to reach out to new ones as well".

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