RPS Group

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RPS Group plc
Type Public limited company
Traded as LSERPS
Industry Environmental consulting, Upstream Oil and Gas and Renewable Energy consulting
Founded 1970
Headquarters Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK
Key people Brook Land (Chairman)
Alan Hearne (CEO)
Revenue £567.6 million (2013)[1]
Operating income £45.9 million (2013)[1]
Net income £28.6 million (2013)[1]
Employees circa 5,000 (2014)[2]
Website www.rpsgroup.com

RPS Group plc (LSERPS) is a multinational energy resources and environmental consultancy company headquartered in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. It advises clients on the built and natural environment across diverse economic sectors both public and private. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.


RPS was started in 1972, as Rural Planning Services,[3] with founder Michael Boddington as its first Chief Executive.[4] It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1987.[3] In the 1990s it expanded into Scotland and Ireland.[3] More recently it has expanded into Europe, North America and Australia.[3]

It acquired Ashdown Environmental Limited in 2001, an environmental consultancy specialising in noise and air quality, and acquired MC O'Sullivan Consulting Engineers in Ireland in 2002.[5] It acquired Hydrosearch, an energy consultancy, in 2003.[6] It acquired Burks Green in 2006, an architectural and civil engineering consultancy based in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire.[7] It bought MetOcean Engineers in 2007, an Australian practice.[8]

In 2008, it acquired R.W. Gregory, a planning practice,[9] Geocet, an environmental consultancy,[10] Rudall Blanchard Associates, a Health & Safety practice,[11] Oceanfix, a hydrographic surveying practice,[12] and Paras, a London-based advisory group.[13]

In January 2013, it acquired Petroleum Institute for Continuing Education Inc. (PEICE), a Calgary-based training organization.[14]


RPS Group offers the following services:[15]

  • Planning and development consulting
  • Energy consulting and training
  • Environmental management consulting
  • Asbestos consulting
  • Air quality consulting, including stack emission and ambient air quality modelling and monitoring
  • Acoustic and vibration consulting
  • Ecology consulting
  • Cultural Heritage consulting
  • Geotechnic and flooding consulting
  • Transport planning and highways design


  1. ^ a b c Preliminary Results 2013
  2. ^ PRS: About us
  3. ^ a b c d About RPS
  4. ^ Hearne A.S. (1977) The Impact of Major New Roads on Agriculture: Economic and Procedural Aspects, PhD Thesis at the University of Aston in Birmingham, see acknowledgements and Ch8, p 191, Introduction, 1.1: A S Hearne is the CEO of RPS Group plc; Edwards, Angela & Alan Rogers (1974) Agricultural Resources: An Introduction to the Farming Industry of the United Kingdom, London, Faber and Faber, see list of Contributors and Ch 11 pp245-268 and Ch12 pp 269-292; Economic Forestry Group (November 1973) Newsletter Forestry House, Great Milton, Oxford OX9 7PG
  5. ^ Sector Review, p. 37
  6. ^ Market Report
  7. ^ Merger by Acquisition of Burks Green by RPS Group plc
  8. ^ RPS buys MetOcean Engineers for £33.3m
  9. ^ RPS buys R.W. Gregory for £10.1m
  10. ^ RPS buys Geocet for up to $2.3m in cash
  11. ^ RPS Group buys Rudall Blanchard Associates for up to £6m
  12. ^ RPS buys oil and gas consultancy
  13. ^ RPS buys rival Paras for up to £6.4m
  14. ^ RPS To Buy Petroleum Institute For Continuing Education - Quick Facts
  15. ^ RPS Group: Services

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