Property and construction consultancy Hardies has taken over the Edinburgh and Kirkcaldy offices of David Adamson and Partners, marking its fifth acquisition in five years.

Established as a chartered surveying consultancy in 1930, today David Adamson offers clients a broad range of consultancy services including quantity surveying, cost and contract management, planning and programme management, and housing consultancy to the public and private sectors.

Hardies senior partner Danny McArthur said eight members of staff at David Adamson will join Hardies’ existing operations in Edinburgh and Dunfermline, including directors Alan Hirst, who ran the head office in Edinburgh, and Richard Bownass, who ran the Kirkcaldy office.

Mr Hirst said the acquisition will be good for both firms' clients.

“Not only does this deal allow us to expand the range of projects we can undertake for clients, but the addition of housing consultancy means that it enables Hardies to expand its service range too," he said.

Mr Bownass added: “In relation to Lothian and Fife, this arrangement will strengthen and expand our offering and consolidate Hardies’ position as the leading construction and surveying consultancy across these regions.”

The deal follows Hardies’ recent acquisitions of the John Duguid Partnership, BDG Thomson Gray, Allan & Hanel and Binnie-McKenzie Partnership and marks the latest stage of an expansion strategy that has seen it open three new offices across the UK.

The new offices in Belfast, Leeds, and London take Hardies' office network to 13 locations follow a series of major project wins across the UK and Ireland in recent years.

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Economic growth in Scotland will accelerate this year but will trail that in the UK as a whole marginally, the EY ITEM Club forecasts.

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