Scottish consultancy changes hands


Glasgow-based Mason Evans employs 45 staff and operates across Scotland. The company, which was founded in 1995, provides a variety of services to developers, house-builders, distillers, local authorities, contractors, consulting engineers and architects.

CTS Group has been expanding and its recent acquisitions recently including CGL in November 2020, Nicholls Colton in February 2021 and Silkstone Environmental in August 2021.

In purchasing Mason Evans, said that it is enhancing and extending its existing capabilities and extending its environmental, geotechnical and land engineering consultancy capabilities in Scotland.

Phil Coles, chief executive officer of CTS, said: “The delivery of our group strategy involves growing our existing brands, leveraging our relationship across our wide scope of capabilities to accelerate organic growth, whilst delivering a strong pipeline of new acquisitions that align with our values and further enhance and broaden the service we offer to our clients. This latest acquisition supports our overall strategy and ambition to become the industry leading provider for all associated services to the construction sector through a robust programme of acquisitions and organic growth.

“Both myself and the business are excited about working with Niall Lawless and welcoming the Mason Evans team to the CTS Group; our businesses are stronger together, bringing greater capability and scale to our existing offering and providing significant future growth opportunities. This acquisition complements the CGL, Nicholls Colton and Silkstone deals announced previously, and reinforces our commitment to growth through attracting market leading talent and capability to our business.”

The move sees two of the original founding directors, David Mason and Maureen Mackay formally retire from the business.

Mason Evans managing director Niall Lawless, who will be continuing to lead the business along with Patrick Barry and Neil Thomson, said: “This is an exciting step for Mason Evans, and I’m delighted to be continuing as managing director supporting the future growth of the combined business and integration process. Since starting in 1995 Mason Evans has been providing high quality geo-environmental consultancy and now existing clients will also benefit from CTS’s extensive experience and knowledge within the testing, inspection and compliance industry.”

Coles added: “Niall and the team’s significant knowledge and experience in the energy and waste management, land engineering and geotechnical engineering market, combined with CTS’s national network of construction testing laboratories and site teams will strengthen our growing testing solution and environmental monitoring services. We are increasing our service capacity to clients and enabling them to select us as their go-to partner of choice for all construction consulting, testing and environmental monitoring related services.”

CTS is based in Leicester and has a nationwide network of laboratories and offices. It offers a range of construction testing, inspection and compliance services, supporting all sectors of the construction market including commercial, rail, road, residential, airports, tunnelling, mining, and utilities as well as brownfield regeneration.

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