Diamond & Company targets UK expansion after acquiring fire engineering consultancy

Steve Brooker (centre) flanked by Diamond & Company founders Phil Diamond (left) and Craig Alexander Rattray.

CHARTERED building surveyors, Diamond & Company (Scotland), has completed the acquisition of fire engineering consultancy S. Brooker & Associates.

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

Diamond & Company provides building consultancy services throughout the built environment. The business started out as a niche building surveying and energy consultancy practice before growing into a general building surveying consultancy and now specialises in EWS1 surveys and certification (options A & B), external cladding, building surveys, energy consultancy and retrofit coordination in accordance with PAS 2035, and statutory compliance.

With offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh as well as Cumbernauld, its 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 forms part of the company’s growth plans, strengthens its chartered fire engineering capability, and supplements its resource in the cladding and fire remediation sector. The firm is now targeting expansion into the wider UK market, with a London office due to open at the end of this month.

Along with shareholder director Craig Alexander Rattray, MD Philip Diamond founded the business in December 2019 after more than 20 years as a sole trader. He said, “I’m delighted to conclude this strategic acquisition at what is a very important time for the industry. The ability to combine building surveying skills with those of the chartered fire engineering discipline is huge in the current market.

“I’m also pleased that we have an extension to our bespoke professional indemnity policy covering both the chartered fire engineering and chartered building surveying sides of the business. 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.

“We are one of the leading chartered building surveyors in Scotland. 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 and structured the transaction on behalf of the company.

Steve Brooker, who established S. Brooker and Associates more than 30 years ago, 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.”