The A$32M deal will add a 45-strong team of strategic, commercial advisory and management consulting specialists to its growing Asia-Pacific business.
RPS believes combining expertise from both organisations will add new depth to its existing advisory capability while significantly boosting the infrastructure offering it brings to the market.
Emerging as a leading adviser for Australian infrastructure initiatives in recent years, RPS consultants are engaged on high profile projects including Western Sydney Airport, Brisbane’s Cross River Rail and Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel.
“Australian cities are facing major challenges when it comes to the development of transport, water, health, education and other types of infrastructure,” said RPS Chief Executive for Australia Asia Pacific, Ross Thompson.
“Bringing people from RPS and Corview together will make it easier for clients to connect with the best minds in infrastructure at the earliest project phases. It will also provide a strong platform for us to innovate, collaborate, and ultimately deliver on our promise to address infrastructure complexity.”
The Corview acquisition is another marker of significant progress in RPS’ strategy to become the leading consulting firm in the industry.
“RPS has pursued growth opportunities that align with client and market needs. In Australia, the need is for innovative, region-shaping infrastructure. We’ve continually invested in the development of our offering, starting with the acquisition of Manidis Roberts in 2012 and Everything Infrastructure Group in 2015.”
RPS’ new-look advisory team will offer market-leading expertise in project strategy, economics, transaction and investment advisory, communications, community engagement, creative services, data analytics and more.
Commenting on the announcement, Corview Managing Director, Shane McDowall said:
“When it comes to infrastructure advisory teams, it’s an elite group of consultants at the table. Our people have been generating value for Australian clients and communities for years. RPS and Corview already make a great team. Coming together under a common name will only strengthen our capacity to deliver. We’re really excited to join RPS.”
The transition of Corview into RPS’ team of approximately 1,100 planning, design, environmental, project management and advisory specialists begins on Monday 4 February 2019. The integration is expected to be fully completed by mid-2019. Throughout the transition period, RPS’ new advisory offering will be led by RPS Executive Director – Strategic Development, Meegan Sullivan.