MDHUB member Temple Group acquisition.

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Temple Group announced today that it has acquired The Ecology Consultancy, including a significant share in the Green Roof...

MDHUB member Temple Group acquisition.

The Ecology Consultancy is a well-established, respected and profitable business which is one of the largest leading ecology consultancies in the UK.
Mark Southwood, Managing Director of Temple Group, and John Newton, Managing Director of The Ecology Consultancy have built a very close and strong working relationship through successful joint delivery and collaboration over the last 15 years which started with the Channel Tunnel Rail Link in the late 1990’s. Recent examples of joint working include TFL projects, HS2 and some sustainability programmes. This acquisition is a logical step building on the shared values and in developing the relationship further to the benefit of clients and staff.

This acquisition brings together two of the strongest and fastest growing independent environmental consultants in the UK. It will expand the breadth of services within Temple’s core competency of Environmental Impact Assessments, as well as extend its environment, planning and sustainability offer. Both companies will benefit from the sharing of new and existing clients, access into new sectors, and a wider geographical reach. More integrated working will ensure more efficient delivery and further value will be added through greater insight and joint briefing/training/shared learning programmes.

The Ecology Consultancy will continue to be managed and led by John Newton and it will keep its separate market-leading brand and identity.

Mark Southwood said, "It's a win-win for clients and staff. Bringing these two great teams together will further enhance Temple’s reputation as a top-tier leader in the environment, planning and sustainability arena. We have listened to our clients and this move responds to their needs and the growing demand we are experiencing for these services, particularly in the development sector and in relation to major infrastructure projects. The opportunities for staff in terms of new clients and exciting projects will be substantial and our shared vision and commitment to innovation and best practice will benefit both clients and staff. 

John Newton said, “For The Ecology Consultancy this is an important stage in our evolution and, from a position of financial strength, we can confidently build our next chapter. This deal offers real opportunity to the senior staff team to help shape the business strategy so as to realise the Temple advantage in full and continue to succeed in the environmental market. Temple Group brings project management skills and a specialist capability in Environmental Impact Assessments and planning, whilst we will strengthen biodiversity in their sustainability offering.”

About Temple Group
Temple Group is a leading environment, planning and sustainability consultancy in the UK, with circa 80 staff based primarily in central London, and a further two offices in Sussex. This in-house team is complemented by a network of over 100 associates and strong relationships with collaborative partners, which enables Temple to build highly responsive, bespoke teams for clients.  Established in 1997 Temple has experienced rapid growth in the last three years as a result of on-going success in winning work on large-scale, complex infrastructure projects as well as with development and construction companies. Approximately 50% of Temple’s revenue is derived from core Environmental Impact Assessment and strategic appraisal services with planning, noise and vibration, air quality and sustainability services accounting for a significant proportion of the remaining 50%. 

About The Ecology Consultancy
Ecology Consultancy Ltd was established in 1999 and rebranded The Ecology Consultancy in 2009. It has established a close working relationship with the construction industry and is respected for providing best practice advice when working with wildlife on development projects. The Ecology Consultancy has over 60 staff based in offices in London, Lewes and Norwich. Working on projects throughout the UK they offer a comprehensive range of ecological services including: habitat & vegetation surveys; protected species & fauna surveys; ecological impact assessments; management planning; mitigation and enhancement; biodiversity research & training; BREEAM, CfSH and CEEQUAL; green roofs & biodiversity design; and expert witness, The Ecology Consultancy brings proven capability and talent in critical areas including ecological design, green infrastructure and ecological offsetting.

If you require further information please contact:
Temple - Danielle Sawhney on 020 7394 3700 or

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